Maxtor’s New Crippled External Hard Drive for DVRs

Just caught this via PVRblog and am very disappointed though not surprised…

Ernest over at Corante has a great story on a new Maxtor DVR product: “Crippled External Hard Drive for DVRs.” Turns out that Maxtor is producing a new external USB/firewire backup drive for DVR set-top boxes, but it won’t be sold to customers but instead only to cable and satellite companies. Since you won’t actually own the device, you won’t have any rights to get at the data inside the drives, apart from your set-top box.


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