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Item#: N82E16817153142
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Pros:

EASY setup. For DirecTV DVR expander use, just unplug your DVR, install your big hard drive into the case, attach ENCLOSED ESata cable, spin it up, plug in DVR and WAIT... and WAIT... and WAIT. Your patience will be greatly rewarded! I do not notice ANY fan noise. Unit appears to run cool with the internal electronics being cooled as well as the hard drive itself. The bright blue LED's are not a distraction for me. A visually stunning well crafted device! I've owned none better.... EVER!

Cons:

A little bit expensive compared to similar units. I'd feel a little better about an all metal design. Mounting base could stand to be a little broader at the base. Still... if I needed to manufacture another DVR expander... or obtain an external case for use with music/video storage... I'd definitely buy another one of these gems. WELL DONE overall! Kind of a pain losing temporary access to all my old hard drive's recorded shows. I can simply unplug this device and return my DTV DVR to stock. Kind of a pain keying in all my season passes. Best to make a list before installing external storage drive..

Other Thoughts:

I am using my ST0021U as a DVR expander with a DirecTV HR20-700 and a 2 TB Western Digital Green hard drive. The original DTV hard drive worked fine for three years. But, it was getting noisier by the day making odd grinding noises... not the clicking noises as one would expect a failing hard drive to do. After this DVR expander replacement my noisy original hard drive is bypassed and the system is now QUIET! This is a LOT cheaper alternative than buying a preconfigured DVR expander a la Western Digital... or dealing with the good folks at Weaknees! I previously owned a couple Western Digital "MY DVR" units. When they ultimately failed, I could not open their cases and was left with a couple door stops! Thermaltake did this one right!

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  • John B.
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