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As a Time Warner Cable (TWC) customer, I commonly find myself looking for more. Whether it’s programming or hard drive space on my DVR, I just want more. Well, luckily for me (and others like me), Western Digital (WDC) has a fine solution for addressing my […]

As a Time Warner Cable (TWC) customer, I commonly find myself looking for more. Whether it’s programming or hard drive space on my DVR, I just want more. Well, luckily for me (and others like me), Western Digital (WDC) has a fine solution for addressing my second concern. And with a price tag of just under $200, it may very well turn out to be my newest TV companion.

The My DVR ExpanderDubbed the My DVR Expander, this first-of-its-kind device instantly adds up to 60 hours of HD programming or 300 hours of standard-def programming to any Scientific Atlantic 8300 or 8300HD DVR.

The My DVR Expander was specifically designed for the Scientific Atlantic 8300 boxes for two reasons: one, they’re everywhere, and two, they should be around for a while.

The set-up process is pretty painless: Connect the MDE to your DVR through the external SATA port on the box, then simply turn it on, run through the setup and let the hard drive do its magic. According to Western Digital, the MDE should be up and running in a matter of minutes. Once running, your DVR will recognize the additional space and allow you to record shows and sporting events just as you would without the MDE attached.

So far, this has been allowed to continue by the cable companies who find no issue with additional recording space. That said, you can never be too sure about the future in this business.

Don Reisinger, who will be covering hardware and video-related gadgets on NewTeeVee, writes The Digital Home for CNET, product reviews for PC World and is a contributing writer to InformationWeek. He also writes a weekly opinion piece for Tech.co.uk and currently contributes to almost 15 prominent technology publications.

  1. How is this different from other eSATA solutions? A DVR (whether SciAtl, Dish with USB, TiVo, upcoming retail Moxi) will encrypt the drive contents when “mounted.” What’s probably unique here is a mainstream manufacturer branding this as a “DVR” solution.

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  2. [...] Western Digital, that can be plugged into a TiVo or a set-top box to expand its storage capacity. As you already know, some Scientific Atlanta (CSCO) cable boxes offered to subscribers of cable companies like Time [...]

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  3. The only problem with DVRs is that they have limited disk space to house an unlimited amount of television programs. Expansions to disk space like these are extremely useful in these situations.

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