I think they should have put a 1TB in standard but look how long it took them just to make a "decent" box. I don't even have one yet. The good news is that at least they let you use a bigger one if you wish. I got a 2TB drive & love it. I can record movie after movie and it hardly makes a dent. I agree with you they should have put a 1 in but hey now you have a reason to buy buy a 2TB. I don't think I would have bought a 2TB if it came with a 1. Since I had to buy a new drive anyway I went with the biggest. I actually went with a 1.5 at first cause I got a deal on it, but the EARS drives suck for DVR's so I ended up just getting the best drive I could. The EVDS 2TB drive.