Here's a link
to another esata drive/enclosure to add to the compatibilty list.
The bundle is a 1TB eSATA Seagate 7200.11 HDD and an Ultra eSTAT/USB enclosure. I paid $137, including shipping.
I had the HDD into the case, buttoned up, and ready to go in about 10 minutes minutes (five of which were hacking my way through the cryptonite plastic packing the drive). Then I:
- Unplugged off my HR20-700
- Plugged in the Seagate via the eSATA cable provided with the enclosure
- Plugged in the power brick to the enclosure and hit the ON switch
- Waited a few seconds for the drive to come up to speed
- Plugged in my HR20
- Got the message from HR20 that it was formatting drive.
- After formatting, the HR20 proceeded as with a normal reset.
- I recorded the final 15 minutes of a random show; it showed up in the List.
- I again power-cycled the HR20.
- The reset was uneventful and unremarkable, and the show recorded in step 8 was still in the list.
- I'm now waiting for the Guide to populate so I can setup some auto-records.
The enclosure comes with everything you could possible want: both and eSTATA and a USB cable, a PC slot cover plate with an outward-facing eSATA jack an an inward-facing pigtail connector to run to your PC's on-board eSATA plug.
TigerDirect is my new favorite computer store.
P.P.S.Followups:Fan/HDD noise:I keep my electronics in my garage, against a wall shared with my entertainment system. So I don't hear it at all. After I assembled the drive/case on my workbench, I briefly plugged it to make certain that both the fan and HDD were working. Not surprisingly, the fan noise masked the HDD noise--small fans must run faster than large ones for the same amount of cooling, so you'll have a noise problem with any of the fan-cooled externals.
So, if your equipment is external or enclosed, the noise should be negligible. If your equipment is in the same room with your TV and is not enclosed in a cabinet, then I'll guess that the noise would be excessive unless you leave the top off the enclosure and unplug the fan.
Edited by TigerDriver, 06 August 2009 - 08:17 AM.
Add PPS about noise.