A lot of us have been hanging on to the idea that someday D* will allow us to use any HDD on any HR within an account. Seems so simple, yet we've been ignored for years. Meanwhile, we've suffered thru some terrible periods because people wanted changes made for other reasons. For instance, the DLB issue was discussed for a very long time in a sticky thread and all the people that wanted them got them. And the rest of us suffered. I can't begin to imagine what kind of problems the HDD issue would cause or how long it would take D* to get that working correctly. We really have to be careful what we wish for.
Rich, I wasn't part of that detailed discussion, although I remember the longing for DLB.
Are you saying that the implementation of DLB messed up other things that already worked, or that the time and effort that went into that feature took away from work that could have been done on other aspects of the system that were of more interest to other customers?
It seems odd that DTV has left the external HDD hanging as a working-but-unsupported feature for so many years without doing anything about it.