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SIIG eSATA Cable 1 Meter 3.3 Feet External Serial ATA Drive Cable CB-SA0111-S1
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- Designed to connect eSATA external drives/enclosures to eSATA enabled systems
- Works with SIIG eSATA products and standardize to work other brand name eSATA products
- It has 5 year standard warranty
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Designed to connect eSATA external drives/enclosures to eSATA enabled systems; Works with SIIG eSATA products and standardize to work other brand name eSATA products; Extra shielding and metal contacts provide better EMI protection; Connector: eSATA to eSATA.
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For the last couple of years, we've experienced the very annoying problem where our TiVo will suddenly freeze and then reboot. Usually this happens when we are watching (not recording) so we just have to wait a few minutes for it to come back up. But sometimes it happens when recording and we miss a chunk of our show.
I have racked my brain trying to figure out what is causing the reboots. At one point I thought they were temperature-related, as they seemed to occur on warm days, and our TiVo is in a not-as-well-ventilated cabinet. But in retrospect, the reboots seemed to be completely random - sometimes we would not have one for months, and sometimes there would be several in one week. And they happened at random times during the day and seemed unrelated to what we were watching/recording at the time.
Last Thursday, it happened again. Only this time, TiVo did not come back up! It stayed in "Powering up" mode for hours. I tried repowering several times. A couple of times I got a message that the external drive could not be found. Aha! All this time I thought it was a TiVo problem, but it was really a drive problem. I plugged the drive into my laptop (which had an eSATA port), but Windows couldn't see it. So I figured that maybe the drive had finally gone bad.
Fortunately, before I did anything rash (like buy a new drive or a new TiVo), I found these reviews describing the flakiness of the eSATA cable that comes with the My Book AV. Wow! If I can fix this problem for just $8, then that will be a great accomplishment.
So we ordered the SIIG cable, and it arrived today. I plugged it in, and "voila", everything came back up as normal! I've only been using it now for 15 minutes, but I'm guessing that my "random reboot" problem will be solved from here on.
So, on the one hand, I am overjoyed at solving the problem. I can add my voice to those who highly recommend trashing the eSATA cable that comes with the external drive and getting one of these SIIG cables.
On the other hand, I am very annoyed at how close I came to spending a ton of time and money on trying to fix this problem. Thank heavens for the Internet, Goolge Search, Amazon Reviews, and some persistence and a fair bit of luck on my part. Otherwise, I would still be trying to figure out what I had done to bring the wrath of the Technology Demons down upon my head.
I suspect a large part of this stems from the overall (IMHO) poor design of eSATA connectors in the first place. eSATA doesn't appear to snap as securely into place as firewire or USB, and whomever came up with the eSATA standard chose not to add screws or other fasteners to compensate for this. The problem is compounded by the stiffness of these cables, and in my case, the fact that I must use an eSATA ExpressCard adapter that causes the cable to extend an extra 3" from my laptop - making it vulnerable to being jarred or bumped. In addition, my setup requires a twist in the relatively inflexible cable to connect to my external hard drive, also adding strain.
Since I purchased the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 3.3-Feet Serial ATA External Cable , I have had zero problems with connectivity. It works flawlessly despite the (again, IMHO) design flaws inherent in the eSATA standard. I highly recommend this cable to anyone for their eSATA needs.