Use HD to Transfer Programs From DVR to PC?

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Our new DVR (Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300) has SATA and
Firewire ports in back.  Some users of this model, but certainly not
all, have been able to hook external SATA drives to these units
for additional capacity.  Has anyone successfully done this?  There
appears to be a trick to it (eSATA or SATA2 cable?)

More interestingly, is it possible to transfer saved programs to a
PC by saving them to an external disk?  My understanding is that
the units save content to the external disk first.


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