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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My Girl holds all my movies!

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    I was a bit skeptical about if it would really be compatible w/my Scientific Atlantic 8300 HD DVR But My cable provider said it was compat so I waited till I caught a good sale! And jumped on it! I've had it 4about 2.5 weeks and shes Great! Very small foot print. Every time I record HD content she moves either 1% or 2% opposed to B4 I got her it was 7-8% Big difference! I made a mistake and unplugged my Cable box, after plugging it back in she just told me what happened and told me the right way to disconnect :) And I also unplugged her by mistake, Did not lose any movies :) Go out or order online and get this she wont let ya down!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works as Advertised

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    I bought this to extend the record time on a Comcast Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD DVR from the pitiful 20 hours of HD capacity. Prior to purchase, I called Comcast and verified that it would indeed work with that specific DVR model and once verified, I went ahead with the purchase. The setup is quite simple. You connect the hard drive to the DVR via the included eSata cable. You then unplug the DVR, then plug in and power up the hard drive and then power up the DVR. On the startup screen, it indicates that the hard drive is detected and formatted for use with the DVR. One more cold boot, and you're good to go. I get close to 100 hours of HD programming between the two hard drives now, and it would appear that if you run out of space on one drive, it will span to the next drive and the program shows up as a "split" recording. I would strongly advise that both the DVR and this drive be connected to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). If you lose power to the external drive, the only way to reset and re-use the drive is a complete cold boot of the DVR. Also, it is not possible to remove the external drive and make it work on another DVR as the "re-authorization" will destroy all existing contents. All in all, it is extremely easy to set up and usage is quite easy and transparent to the user. Unlike some other customers, I have had a good experience with quality and reliability with Western Digital. This is my 7th WD hard drive purchased in the last 10 years, and not one has been for the replacement of a failed drive. I have yet to have a problem with any of them, internal or external. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy to set up, works as advertised

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    While this can double as an external drive for a computer as well, this is marketed (and certified) for use with TiVo and Scientific Atlanta DVRs. It is pretty simple to connect, and once it is attached it automatically is formatted and adds a lot of space to your recording library. Unfortunately this does not allow you to backup your shows to swap or exchange your cable box; it can only be used with the box you connect it to. Also, due to the split recording nature of the DVR if you remove the drive later you will lose all your recordings, as the DVD splits the files between it and its internal drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Almost perfect!!

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    Works great with the SA 8300 (mine is the non HD model) DVR with SARA software. Installation was easy, I just followed the manual. Performance is excellent as I have had no problems recording 2 shows at once while playing a third to an external DVD recorder. It's quiet & has lasted me 14 months now. The only very minor problem I have noticed is every once in awhile during high speed fast forward or rewind the picture shows tiling (blocks) however most of the time this doesn't happen. It never shows any tiling problems while recording or playing back though which is nice This drive is soo good that I'm buying another for the future when this drive ever fails. So far it's still going strong with moderate use. Last summer I ran it 24x7 for a whole month during TCM's 30 Days Of Summer recording every movie of the series & never ran out of hard drive space on my DVR by recording what I could to the DVD recorder as the drive recorded fresh movies. I think I recorded about 25% of those movies to the DVD recorder during that month & was very satisfied with the Expander drive preformance. They say it's not for long term storage but I've got TV shows that are 6 months old on the drive & they still play back fine. Would I reccomend one of these to a friend? You bet!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works great with 8240HDC Scientific Atlanta

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    I have Cox Cable in Gainesville, Florida and have a 8240HDC Scientific Atlanta HD DVR and the HD service. I love my HD channels, but only get 20 hours of storage with my box. That doesn't take long to max out. I was worried whether this would work, since the specs and reviews say 8300 and up will work. I decided to give it a try - that's what returns are for, right? I bought it at Best Buy on sale for $94 which was great, except they won't do an extended warranty on hard drives. Since I wasn't sure whether it would work with my box, I decided to avoid mail order purchasing. Well, the installation was easier than most reviewers' experiences. I actually followed the instructions for a Scientific Atlanta exactly. When I turned the cable box back on, I did have to wait about 3-4 minutes while it booted up (and tried not to panic). Then it came up with a message asking me if I wanted it to format the external hard drive for the DVR box. I pressed the yes command on my remote, and about ten seconds later, it returned me to my regular screen. I quickly checked and my usage had gone from 98% to 23%. Now, I've only had this for 24 hours, so I can't say too much about it, but it seems to be recording and replaying as it was before. Life is good!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy install, small size

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    We added this to our Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 HD cable DVR. I wasn't sure if the SATA port was enabled by Charter cable in the Victor Valley but it was. Installation is simple plug in but you definitely have to unplug your cable box first as per the instructions. Upon reboot, it asked us to format the drive. After this step, I still did not see a drop in our percent used so I rebooted once more and then it worked. One possible problem we've seen is during playback, when you "speed search", the video does not show as many frames per second flashing by as you search. I'm still figuring this one out but so far I think this is what is happening. A minor inconvenience. It still works fine but I think this only happens to programs stored on the external WD drive not the internal DVR drive. Overall now that we record more programs in HD, it was worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice product when it was working

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    I was looking for some extra space for my TiVo, so I purchased this hard drive since it was the only one that Tivo recommended. It was an ease to hook up, and worked like a charm for the first few months. But then, like a few others have mentioned, my TiVo started to continuously reboot itself. The only way that I could get it to stop was to uninstall the hard drive and lose everything that was stored on it (including that spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics). At first, I barely noticed any sound coming from it, but then as time went on, it got louder and louder. I didn't realize that it was about to stop working. It looks like the price has come down since I first purchased mine, so I will probably buy another one. If you buy it somewhere that offers a reasonably priced extended warranty, I would recommend getting it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good While It Lasted...

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    I echo the same things posted by OldTechGuy. I bought this unit from Best Buy in person about 8 or 9 months ago. I plugged it in, TiVo found it, and, voila, I had 500GB of extra storage! I had ZERO problems with the drive - until last week... Out of nowhere, my TiVO HD started rebooting randomly. Sometimes, the unit would reboot - right after it finished rebooting. Sometimes, the unit would hang on the infamous "just a few minutes more" screen. Unfortunately, I traced the problem to the hard drive. After I unhooked it, the TiVo worked fine. The bad part: I lost every single recording on my TiVo. If you love TiVo HD (and you don't want to hack your box), this drive is the only option out there. I will (begrudgingly) buy another one, because I can't live without the storage, and this drive is the only player in town...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Expander Works Fine with TWC DVR

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    Although no one at TWC or the local BB could tell me if this would work with the SA 8300 DVR supplied by TWC in the Southern Pines, it does. It appears from other comments previously posted that some TWC regions supply DVRs with the eSATA port not active. Just follow the instructions and the setup takes less than 5 minutes. I only gave 4 stars for the installation because they do not mention an onscreen prompt to Format the HD. I was a little apprehensive to hit Yes for fear shows already recorded might be erased. They were not!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Incompatible with New York cable

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    After reading a New York Times story about the DVD Expander I purchased one. Experiencing installation problems, called Time Warner New York only to be told external hard drives are incompatible with the customized version of Scientific Atlanta HD8300 DVR/cable box used by the cable service. The connection port has deliberately not been activated on the DVR I was told, making it entirely incompatible with any DVR expander or external hard drive. Presumably that's a feature Time Warner Cable New York hopes to sell me at some point. Whoops.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Product

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    I purchased this item about a month ago, and I just can't figure out what some of these people's problem is. Obviously they don't know how to read the very simple instructions on how to install the unit. This DVR Expander is fantastic. It installs in just a few minutes and has worked flawlessly for me with my TivoHD. I have probably recorded 70-80 shows, in both HD and SD in the short time that I have had the Expander and EVERY program has been perfect. If you take just a few minutes to read and do exactly what the instructions say, you will not have any problems. WD hard drives are amoung the best out there, and this is NO exception. Highly Recommended. If you own a Tivo Series 3 or TivoHD, do yourself a favor and add this to it. HD takes up a lot of hard drive space, and with this you can have more shows saved and delete less.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Review of WD DVR Expander

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    I just recently got this drive. No problems as of yet. (I have had many other WD externals and do not anticipate any issues) Setup was a bit of a process but I blame that on my DVR. I ended up having to pull the plug on both devices a few times for my DVR to recognize and format. Once that happened integration was seamless. (Less than 30 seconds once they shook hands correctly) Pros: It is Western Digital. They make quality products and I recommend their products to anyone who asks. Cons: It is always on. I do not like that. No need for it to spin when it does not have to. Again I will blame my DVR for this because I highly doubt it is smart enough to power on the external HD when it is going to record while powered off. The power cord will not fit into my DVR. The power block is too big to fit next to the DVR’s power cord. 500GB is too small. I would gladly buy a model of 2TB (or more) if it was offered. While my cons do outnumber my pros I still would recommend this drive to anyone who wants to expand their DVR. DVR: Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD Pros: Western Digital Cons: Always On, Power Block Too Big, Capacity Too Small

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best I could find to use.

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    I really like Tivo and thought that this would be a great addition for our Tivo. Worked great for about 13 months, then started freezing up. Worked with Tivo to diagnose the problem. Turned out to be the Western Digital Tivo expander. I would have tought that this would have had very few problems. Found out different as I see others also have found out. I will be getting another one and a extended warranty this time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good product

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    I bought this for my Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR It came with 120 gig of space but with HD programming, that fills up fast these days, so I added this drive for the extra room to keep my programs. Unlike some other reviews state it is quite capable of keeping up with streaming HD video, it does not skip at all and works the same as the internal drive did when fast forwarding and rewinding. Very easy install, just plug it in and unplug your cablebox then plug in your cablebox twice and your done, you will not lose any programs on your DVR already, just all of the info on the WD HD.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Big Loss of Recordings

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    This unit is great as long as it works. Installed with TIVO HD seamlessly and massively increased storage for standard def recordings. After six months, it started making a squealing noise, but it went away when I changed orientation of product. Last couple weeks, TIVO would spontaneously reboot when I selected certain recordings to watch. Yesterday (9 months after purchase), DVR continuously re-booted at end of startup and I had to disconnect the WD box, which cost me about 95% of my recordings. I may buy another (since it's the only expansion option), but I certainly hope I simply got a defective unit the first time around. If I do, I'll definitely archive important content to VCR or DVD. It's not the end of the world, but failure at 9 months makes it a piece of junk in my book. BTW, I would recommend the CONCEPT to a friend but provide plenty of warnings.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    took a few minutes to hook up but worth it!

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    I bought this because it was on sale for $94. I was always wanting to record movies as soon as they came out on HBO and Showtime plus I wanted them in HD which took alot of the 120gb memory that came with my Cox Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. This hard drive took about 3-4 times of going through the instalation to finally get it too hook up. The problem with teh instructions was it always told me to reboot the DVR before hooking up. when you reboot the DVR it always defaults to channel 1 which is in demand. I finally followed the directions someone else gave and I left my DVR plugged in but turned off. as soon as I did this and turned the power on everything synced and I went from 89% to 12%. Sor far I am very impressed

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works fine with Cablevision HD Sci Atl Box

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    Seemless HD recording and playback functions once installed on Cablevision Sci Atl 8300 HD box. Had to install twice, but no problem since I still had the instruction manual that came with the Cablevision box. Without the manual, might not have been that easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    At Best Highly Unreliable

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    The product seemed to work fine for about 1 week, and then I started to experience problems with shows recorded on my Tivo HD. At first, one recorded show stuttered during playback, and Tivo became unresponsive during these episodes. Next a live HD program did the same thing. Seems I'll have to take the unit back as others have done. I'm also having trouble running the diagnostic tests recommended on Western Digital's web site. One additional comment: it's worth investigating whether the cord supplied with the drive is the culprit, as the connections with both the drive and the Tivo feel flimsy--definitely don't give me confidence they'll hold up. And if they do come undone, the instructions indicate that the Tivo will reboot!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Expander works!

    Posted .

    I live in Orlando, FL and have a Brighthouse Scientific Atlanta 8300 HD DVR and was able to install this unit in about 10 minutes (would be less but my equipment is in a console). There are only two cords so I followed the very simple instructions and now I'm a happy camper. Works seemlessly. You won't even notice it is there running. Virtually silent and very small size. It will add 60 HD hours or 300 non HD hours on top of the existing capacity. I only wish they had larger sizes to choose from.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Super eSATA Backup

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    I've been running 2 of these since 07/08/2007 (when I bought them on sale at Best Buy for $150 each!). They power up when my pc does and they run around 12-14 hours a day. No problems with them whatsoever. I've been ripping and storing a music collection on them, 341GB on one eSATA, 168GB on the other. I wish I had 4 more (at $150 each). And they're great for storing a C:\ drive image. I restored my 100GB C:\ drive image in just over an hour (Striker Extreme mb, Core 2 Duo Q6600). Awesome!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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