Monday, August 11, 2008

Adding an external hard drive to your Scientific Atlanta DVR


So I have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC DVR (SARA) from comcast that I use mostly for live and timeshift TV watching, as a backup to my homebrew pvr rcTV where I do most of my recording, and to work with my slingbox AV. So I don't actually use my SA 8300HDC all that much (part of it is b/c how much it sucks: slow remote reponse, audio drop outs on playback, and other issues) but I do use it once in a while. It has a pitiful 160GB hard drive compared to the roughly 4TB of space I have allocated to rcTV (Olympics is chewing up 85GB a day!). Anyways here is a quick and easy way to add more space to the SA 8300 by attaching an external eSATA hard drive.

SA 8300 HD Tips & Tricks -- SARA
8300 and External SATA

- Here is a nice list of compatible enclosures (SARA). I picked up an Antec MX-1 enclosure a while back. You can usually get it for $30 after MIR if you catch it on sale. It's a really nice enclosure, well built, 80mm fan, all cables included, and quiet.

- I had an old Maxtor 500GB sata hard drive sitting around which I used.

- Hooked everything up, connected the esata cable to the back of the DRV. After a few seconds I was prompted with this:

- formatting takes only a few seconds

- space used before and after:

- I believe it tries to fill up the hard drives evenly. Since my internal was nearly full the very next recording was on the external hdd (I could here it writing if I put my ear next to the enclosure). Anyways, it's a relatively inexpensive and easy way to add more space to your DVR.

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