I've googled around and haven't really found anything. Found some reports early on in this thread that sounded similar to my problem ,but that was 5 years ago so not sure how to react to that.
Here's my saga-- any pointers greatly appreciated.
I've been using my trusty HR20-700 for just over 7 years. I figured the HDD was due to go soon and I've been having problems keeping up with the shows. So I went out and bought a Fantom GF3B2000EU for about $100 in hopes of upping to a 2TB drive that wasn't 7 years old.
It wen tin fine and rebooted. I reset my season passes. The video was good, but occasionally while watching it seemed to stop listening to the remote control. I'd have to wait 5-10s for the remote to continue working. Everything else was fine. After doing research I learned I should have perhaps gotten one with 64MB cache or possibly an AV drive. Finally I decided to buy a WD20EURS which seemed to be recommended and I picked one up for $80. I decided to void the warranty on the FD by removing the original HDD (Hitachi it turned out) and putting the new WD AV-GP drive in its place.
The first reboot took *forever* (30-40minutes) and it was hung on self-check. Each reboot after also took exceeding long at self-check.
Viewing video had a pronounced stutter every 3-5s and one show failed to record properly. It was in the now playing as recording, but when you would try to play it would immediately pop ou. It was still recording and when I went to live it looked like everything was fine. But when I tried to skip to start of show, it jumped back to 8AM (this was like 8:30pm) and it had no content. After invoking double play I was able to get back to the live show, but could never rewind to the start. After show was done, I rebooted machine and after reboot it was no longer in my play list.
I stopped using the disk after this and pulled it out and mounted it in a PC and tried running spinrite on it. It kept crashing with an unexpected error. I booted into vista and ran data lifeguard tools from wd on the drive and it gave me a test failed on short test.
Even though I had bought the drive new, it only had 145 days left on the warranty, but I ordered an RMA which arrived today-- WD20EURX. This one is looking like it is behaving just like the other.
Where do I go from here? Advice? Now I'm questioning if mounting it in the FD enclosure is messing up the WD drives, but I would presume it's only supplying power and a pass-through from the Esata to sata port. Anyway, I'm extremely frustrated and would appreciate any pointers.