Last week I went to Best Buy and used a gift card I had to pick up the Western Digital My DVR Expander. It’s basically an eSATA enclosure that has a 500GB hard drive in it. They apparently paid some undisclosed amount to get it ‘TiVo certified’ letting me hook it up to the eSATA port on the back of my TiVo HD. It basically gave me 300% more space to hold TV shows and movies. They say I should be able to get up to 80-90 more hours of HD content.
What’s so funny though is that now that the TiVo realizes it has all this extra space (660GB total) it’s gone on a recording binge. The two little red lights on the front of the box indicating it’s recording have been on almost constantly since I got it on Thursday. I think it’s up to almost 40 TiVo Suggestions.
I didn’t really need to be able to hold THAT MUCH video content but since my GF is in Indonesia for a couple months she wanted me to record and hold onto a bunch of shows for her while she’s gone. With the HD content it can run out of space too fast and wipe out the movies I’ve recorded. My sporadic viewing habits had made that occurrence much more likely.
Anyway, mostly it’s just funny to see the little guy go to town. I imagine it’s kind of like when you let a little kid loose in a giant gymnasium, they just go crazy and start running around everywhere. Record you crazy little electronic device!