I replaced my HR20 with an HR34 but I had an esata drive on the HR20 with plenty of programs to watch. No problem, though it's permanently searching for signal, I can still watch what's on the esata via the HR20. I have noticed one problem. Closed captioning on my HR20 programs no longer works. I turn it on, either the regular or DTV version, but no closed captions. Aren't the captions recorded with the program? Why would the HR20 need to be connected for the captioning to work?