Clearly Pauly, you are not of any help so if anyone else has bought the WD My Book AV recently please post your experience with this External Harddrive and the 8300..
And Pauly, there is a link right in "turner's" first post about this hard drive... http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=36
SA 8300HD with a 1 TB WD eHDD in a Vantek enclosure (home made). Been working well for three years. I'm having the same problem as others describe, with shows on the eHDD being inaccessible and the percent used going from 45% to 5%,
Does anybody know if Rogers rolled out a firmware update on Monday or Tuesday night?
And does anyone know if the missing shows ever come back, or do I have to reformat my eHDD?
I have the 8300 and I am thinking of buying either the 500 GB or 1 TB extender from Rogers. I see they've dropped in price over the past year. Will I be disappointed? Will it work without glitching on HD?
My history with other extenders hasn't been good. I bought the older WD 1 Tb VVR a few years ago and got nothing but glitches in the HD mode so I scrapped that. (I have not tried the newer My Book AV) I then rigged up a DIY extender (using some other WD drive and a Rosewell enclosure) but got similar results. I scrapped it recently after the unit failed to recognize recordings. I thought maybe it was due to the drive, etc, but now I see - from this board- that it was likely due to software changes to the PVR.
I've told my wife not to expect to archive any recordings on the PVR (or any extender if I buy) as the software changes can threaten them at any time, but what can I expect from the Roger's Seagate? I want glitch free recording.
Is the 500 gig size considered more reiable than the 1 Tb? Should I forget about ANY extender?
I can't comfirm a software update but my issues (which are the same as everyone is reporting) started in or around that time. Previous to that my Western Digital 1 terrabyte extender worked flawlesly. I have had the extender for at least two years.
I have a 500gb Rogers Extender and a Rogers SA 8300HD PVR. As of 2 weeks ago, the PVR rebooted itself and would hang (i.e. after the word "boot" on the PVR panel, it went blank and stayed that way). When I unplugged the Extender and rebooted the PVR, it would reboot just fine. Reconnect the Extender and reboot - same hanging problem.
Fixed the problem yesterday by connecting the Extender to my PC and using Windows to re-initialize the hard drive inside the Extender. Had to buy a SATA to eSATA cable to plug into the PC Motherboard (fortunately I had an unused SATA jack on the motherboard). Powered up the Extender then powered up the PC. Went into Disk Management and could see the Extender as one of my drives, but Windows said it was "Not Initialized". Right-clicked on the words "Not Initialized", up came a menu and then I clicked on "Initialize". After it was done, I turned off the PC, unpowered the Extender and hooked it back up to my PVR. Although I lost my saved shows (the PVR had to reformat the Extender), it appears to be back to normal after successfully rebooting.
Not sure what caused the problem in the first place, but glad it's working again (especially since I've only had the Extender for less than 2 months).
I have had the same problem for about a year - with the 1TB Seagate Showcase PVR extender (bought from Rogers). Unfortunately, my computer doesn't have an eSata connection, so I can't do any of the testing that Seagate is recommending. Rogers has replaced our PVR at least 3 or 4 times, and we keep having the same problem of (a) extender requiring a reboot, which makes our recordings inaccessible, or (b) our recordings list, but when you try to play them, it goes to that list / channel +/- screen that others are talking about.
I was going to go out and purchase a new PVR extender, as I figured the problem was with the extender hard drive, but now I am not so sure...
Rogers Tier 2 support thinks the problem might be caused by low signal strength, but whenever a technician comes out here, they find the signal strength is fine.