I have an unmodified S3 (that I payed waaay too much for the second it came out), and have the WD TiVo certified external drive. No cablecard or signal problems, everything really good... Until a couple of days ago. I got the first random freeze and reboot of it's 3 year old life. It was once or twice the first day, and now it's every 15 minutes.
A quick search of the boards makes me think it might be the WD going bad. As a matter of fact, I woke this morning and saw the External Storage Missing or not detected, or something like that onscreen.
We had a couple of power outages today as well, for a total of 6 or 7 reboots. I unplugged the WD box, and that gave me a screen that asked if I wanted to remove the external box (which I plugged back into the S3, and then said yes)
I'm waiting for the reboot to see if taking the WD box off solves the problem. So here are a few questions as I stare at the "Few minutes more" screen -
1 - if the S3 operates solidly, is there any way to stick the WD back on, and transfer some recordings onto the S3's drive?
2 - is it worth it to buy and try a new esata cable? The drive is about 15 months old or so.
3 - I have lifetime on the S3. If it is OK, I was thinking about doing the weakknees 500gb or 1 TB upgrade, rather than buy a Premiere and pay for Lifetime for like the 4th time...