Okay, I'm corn-fused a bit. Why would you want to "periodically" swap out your drive? I get the larger capacity upgrade deal but I am lost on this periodic swap out thingy
Sorry about the confusion. I only meant that to guard against hard drive failures, especially with external drives that don't always have the best longevity, one strategy I could use would be to get a new hard drive every 2 years or so.
Of course, it would be smarter, although maybe more expensive to just setup RAID mirroring.
Again, sorry about the confusion, and I admit that swapping out hard drives isn't really standard IT protocol to guard against hard drive failure.
I'll probably just go with RAID mirroring.
BTW, I don't upgrade my DVR's. Once we get an HR44, I'll likely live with it for as long as it lasts. So, all my thinking right now is about making sure I have the best setup for long term archiving of favorite movies and what not. My wife records like crazy and never wants to delete anything!
Another update: After researching a bit more (this will be my first DVR with eSATA) it looks like there are WD drives engineered for reliability in DVRs: http://www.wdc.com/e...cts.aspx?id=150
Edited by alcatholic, 22 February 2013 - 08:38 PM.
added more info about my setup needs