The 8642HD machines use SATA drives. Given the age, the old 8000 would use an IDE drive. I don't have an 8000 myself but I do have the slightly more recent 8300HD, and the unit works with IDE drives up to 500 GB. However, given that the 8000 series is older, I wonder if a 500 GB drive would work, because some older IDE chipsets do not support drives over certain sizes. eg. I have one enclosure that maxes out at 128 GB, and one that maxes out at 400 GB.
BTW, I've used Seagate, Western Digital, and Maxtor, and they all worked. Well, one old Seagate I have works if I have the 8300HD in open air. If I put it in a small cabinet, the thing overheats and playback locks up. For that one I swapped in a brand new 320 GB WD Caviar Blue 7200 rpm drive, which uses a lot less power than that old 400 GB Seagate I have, and the overheating issues disappeared.
Oh and I'm using laptop SATA drives in eSATA enclosures for external expanders as well, and they work fine, despite only being 2.5" 5400 rpm drives and use way, way less power.
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Ok I got some quick info for anyone interested and doesnt want to go hunting through digitalhome posts.
I picked up a 250GB Western Digital Blue IDE drive at tiger direct for $90.
I was able to find the IDE to SATA converter at NCIX, and forum posts on NCIX confirm this one will work with Scientific Atlanta receivers.
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However the price of a 500GB SATA harddrive is around $95 these days, and together with the adapter puts it to $120, since I dont think I'll be recording quite that much, the 250GB was the best value for me.
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Took the old broken drive out, popped the new one in, then 15-20minutes and a couple reboots later my PVR was working again
Good decision to go with an IDE drive. It seems the SATA -> IDE converters are hit and miss. Plus going with a 250 GB drive is safe. Most more recent IDE-compatible stuff is compatible up to 400 GB (and my 8300HD does work with a 500 GB drive).--