TY for the replies.
yea i can see the avi files (some as big as 15 GB) - when i play it on VLC it would just freeze. And when I try to copy the file to external drive (esata, usb2) it would say source disk error. And it was NTFS format.
Yea I've already took out that western digital 2TB (wil have to RMA it). But when i tried to 'nuke' or 'write zeros' to the drive, it fails, so i can't erase the drive even with bootable iso cd for drive erasing.
I already replaced it with a toshiba 500GB, installed w7 and the hauppage usb 950q pvr and back to business for recording tv shows
but now i must make sure my tv scheduler don't record marathons ! i would have to add mulitple entries which is ok. Sadly the hauppage recorder's lowest recording option still is about 1.2GB / hour.
My super old ATI 8500DV ( AGP ) can do 670MB/hour.
Maybe its time to install mythbuntu !