SSee above for my question
Yup. I have a 3TB external drive and it works great. (Not all enclosures work however.)
I use the Nexstar CX enclosure and a 3TB AV-GP HDD.
Is setting it up as simple as plugging it into the Gateway rear USB port and then looking for the external drive in Settings?
You need to use the eSATA port, not the USB port. The aforementioned Nexstar CX has both USB and eSATA. (eSATA cable included in box. USB too but no use for it here.)
It is as simple as plugging in the eSATA cable, waiting for the Gateway to see it, then prompting user for the format. (No need to go into settings.) It takes about 10ish minutes depending on the size of the drive. After it finishes, you are good to go as far as using it. Best way to see if it worked is to note the percentage used before adding the new drive, then again after the format. It should have dropped significantly. (More so the larger the drive you use.)
Using my example expander, you will need to build it. It's pretty simple though. 4 HDD screws, and 2 smaller screws to fasten the enclosure shut. Tools needed are a standard Philips screw driver (HDD screws.) and a small Philips screwdriver. Like you'd use to fix a pair of glasses.
Or ask nicely, the place you buy the case and drive from, to put it together for you.
My experience has been, most/all places that will sell the AV-GP drives, would be happy to put it together for you
I hadn't thought about that. It's not worth a charge if they want you to pay though, IMO, but if free, absolutely. Basically it's as simple as slide the drive in, 4 screws to secure, close up the enclosure, and fasten last 2 screws. (All screws included with enclosure.)
You are able to connect an Expander to your Gateway for extra storage space, however you would not be able to watch any previously recorded content on the Expander that was recorded with another PVR. So for instance you couldn't borrow a friends Expander to watch what they may have recorded.
Oh, was that what was meant? If so, don, is correct.
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