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HD DVD Recorder With 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

by Paul Strauss

Toshiba just announced the first combination HD DVD burner/hard disk recorder. The recorder has a massive 1-terabyte drive, allowing for up to 130 hours of high-definition recording, with the ability to archive up to 230 minutes of high def content to a single HD DVD disc.

Toshiba RD-A1 HD recorder

In addition to HD DVD, the burner also can playback and record DVD-RAM/-RW/-R discs. The RD-A1 supports full 1080p output via HDMI, allowing viewing of “full HD” progressive scan signals. In addition, the device has on-board analog and digital tuners.

The recorder will initially be released in Japan on July 14th, 2006, and retail for 398,000 yen (appx. $3464 USD), so this is not one for the budget-conscious.

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Comments (2):

  1. Bob says:

    Hi there. I have a problem with an external Western Digital USB2 drive. It has become corrupted (Due, I believe to me unpluggin before parking)and I am now trying to repair it.

    When I turn the unit on, my PC sees it (G drive) but tells me that it needs to be formatted. I then go throught the motions of formatting the drive (NTFS), but then, after some 4 hours of formatting, it reports: “windows was unable to complete the format”.

    On somebody elses advice I even used a Western Digital tool to low level format the disk, and then tried to format properly again – but still, same problem.

    I’d appreciate any help you may be able to provide. Thanks very much.

    Oh …I am using Windows XP SP2.

  2. technabob says:

    Bob, I’m not sure this is the right place to post such a question, since it’s pretty far off the topic of HD DVD recorders.

    You might want to post your question on the Western Digital support forums:



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