1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Jan 14, 2009 #2301 of 10306
    getgray

    getgray New Member

    84
    0
    Mar 1, 2006
    Hi guys:

    I have a Segate in a Antec MX-1 enclosure. Been in service sin 10/07. I got the hardware recommended in this thread (or maybe the original one) at the time. All was well until....

    I had to move my equipment and when I powered the Antec back up, the fan started misbehaving. Short story is the fan is bad. So I need to replace it. I've contacted Antec (via websorm - the only way), awaiting reply. Hopefully they will jsut send me a new fan so I can fix it we'll see. But, in the event they won't or it's too much trouble to exchange (can't let TIVO be down for a $50 part), I'll need another enclosure.

    I see several to pick from nowadays. Most didn't have fans. I see the FAQ says the MX-1 is the only one tested.

    Is that still true? Is there another enclosure that people are using that works well and keeps the drive appropriately cool. Quiet is paramount. I have a S3 TIVO, I was an early adopter, on the waiting list to get it.

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. Jan 14, 2009 #2302 of 10306
    moxie1617

    moxie1617 New Member

    345
    0
    Jan 4, 2004
    Chicago...
  3. Jan 14, 2009 #2303 of 10306
    bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    26,029
    29
    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Scott. Have you tried turning off the power using the power button (let the fan spin down completely) and then turning it back on? My fan was making noises a couple of times (after a power outage) and that seemed to fix it. Worth a try...
     
  4. Jan 14, 2009 #2304 of 10306
    getgray

    getgray New Member

    84
    0
    Mar 1, 2006
    Yep. For now, I have it mostly disassembled, and laying at a 45deg angle on it's side. By pressing in on teh fan and getting it into this position, and restarting it a few times, I could get it to "be quiet". It's days are numbered :(.. Still no reply from Antec.

    Frys are sold out, but thanks for the link. Newegg has them, but they have lots of other ones, too. Just wondering if there's another to consider. I'm OK getting another MX-1. Maybe Antec will replace it. It has a 3 year warranty as I understand it. If they will write back...
     
  5. Jan 14, 2009 #2305 of 10306
    bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    26,029
    29
    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    FWIW, after I got my fan spinning level and quiet again, it's been fine for several months now. I'm using the same enclosure on my desktop now (I put in an internal drive so I no longer needed the external drive). So you may be okay until Antec gets around to sending you a new fan.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2009 #2306 of 10306
    mhalladay

    mhalladay New Member

    13
    0
    Feb 11, 2007
    Arlington,...
    Phil - With these numbers, I'd be willing to bet that you didn't successfully "Supersize" the new drive as step #16 outlines. I had the same issue a couple of days ago, which resulted from not 'select'ing the new drive prior to running the Supersize command. I did this to the drive this morning (don't need to worry about losing any settings or data, and you can just remove the TivoHD cover to get to the connectors - don't need to pull the drive out or hook up the original drive..), and my capacity went from 142 to 157HD hours. Thanks to bkdtv for this guidance, in post #2287 above... Mike
     
  7. Jan 15, 2009 #2307 of 10306
    slyone

    slyone New Member

    241
    0
    Jul 22, 2005
    very interesting read here guys...I'm now thinking that maybe I should not use/get the My DVR Expander and instead get a WD10EVCS. I'm past the 1 year warranty period so I don't see how Tivo support would be involved too much anymore anyways?

    By doing this I would end up having a backup ready to go if ever needed it too correct? Thanks
     
  8. Jan 15, 2009 #2308 of 10306
    bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    7,902
    2
    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    Yes.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2009 #2309 of 10306
    slyone

    slyone New Member

    241
    0
    Jul 22, 2005
    I sent back the dvr expander and just bought a WD10-EVCS ...:D..........why do people supersize? is it just to have the extra space? Might there be a "con" to supersizing? Thanks for all your help & wisdom sharing Rich and Bkdtv!:up:
     
  10. Jan 16, 2009 #2310 of 10306
    greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

    6,384
    0
    May 21, 2004
    Slower...
    I thought the same about supersizing and was corrected...

     
  11. Jan 16, 2009 #2311 of 10306
    richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

    8,900
    4
    Jan 4, 2003
    For quite a while the standard answer to "What does Supersize do?" was this:

    So not caring about that, everyone Supersized (including yours truly) and gained some extra recording space. But more recently there is a question about it affecting TiVo's video streaming capabilities. According to a discussion here and on the MFSLive Forum, there may be more to it.

    At the moment I think the consensus is that it doesn't hurt to Supersize. I guess if I were to do it over again though I wouldn't Supersize now pending some more feedback on what impact it might have going forward. I don't really need the resulting extra few hours of space and you can Supersize a drive any time in the future w/o it affecting anything. Caveat emptor as they say.
     
  12. Jan 16, 2009 #2312 of 10306
    txporter

    txporter One sec, almost done

    666
    0
    Sep 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Can Supersize be turned off?

    Jason
     
  13. Jan 16, 2009 #2313 of 10306
    ccrider2

    ccrider2 Member

    102
    0
    Nov 1, 2007
    This is a little off topic for this thread, but has anyone noticed the lack of the "Push Thumbs-UP Now to Record this Program" prompt? (I'm probably a little off on the wording) I can't remember seeing this since I put my 1TB Seagate in around Nov. I also got the 11 update shortly after.

    Anyone still seeing this Prompt, or did that go away with ver. 11?

    Thanks Much,
    Chris
     
  14. Jan 16, 2009 #2314 of 10306
    richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

    8,900
    4
    Jan 4, 2003
  15. Jan 16, 2009 #2315 of 10306
    ccrider2

    ccrider2 Member

    102
    0
    Nov 1, 2007
    Well...crap! :mad:

    I guess TiVo/ST31000340AS users better be on an UPS. Hopefully it takes a bunch of reboots before this problem occurs. I've booted mine twice since the install, (Nov. '08) the article didn't say if this is just a random thing, or happens as the drive ages. I ought to be good until the next version update, or extended power outage....I Hope! :D

    Thanks For The Heads-up!
     
  16. Jan 16, 2009 #2316 of 10306
    slyone

    slyone New Member

    241
    0
    Jul 22, 2005
    Wow! I too went to all Seagates quite a few yrs.ago:up: I've got a couple mirrored arrays that are 320GB stock full that will be needing replacement. This WD10EVCS purchase marks the return to WD and it sounds like the very best solution for this application at an outstanding price!

    I think I'll pass on the SS, especially since we never ran out of existing space anyways:D though I would like to kinda of build a movie library of the older classics.:up:
     
  17. Jan 16, 2009 #2317 of 10306
    greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

    6,384
    0
    May 21, 2004
    Slower...
    Noticed one the other day. Only certain networks seem to participate.
     
  18. Jan 16, 2009 #2318 of 10306
    ccrider2

    ccrider2 Member

    102
    0
    Nov 1, 2007
  19. Jan 16, 2009 #2319 of 10306
    Minok

    Minok New Member

    21
    2
    Nov 25, 2008
    I've placed my order for the ST31000533CS Seagate Pipeline HD Hard Drive (1TB) and will be upgrading my new TivoHD with that drive next week; will report on how it went, once done.

    For now the TivoHD is upgraded to the latest Tivo software, the cablecard (M) is installed and working and nothing is being recorded on it yet (the Tivo S2 DT is still serving my DVR needs till I transition after the upgrade).

    Unfortunately, the only snafu so far is a Comcast problem in the Puget Sound area, where the Tivo program guide shows a bunch of HD channels that are not yet available when you tune to them (nice grey screen). But thats not relevant to the TivoHD drive upgrade.
     
  20. Jan 16, 2009 #2320 of 10306
    richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

    8,900
    4
    Jan 4, 2003
    Cool...and phew! I've been using WD's for a while now but glad that Seagate figured things out.

    That's exactly the same fix/wording they had for the 1.5TB drives which displayed similar problems a couple of months ago. What a run of (unusual) bad luck for them. :(

    So are you planning on updating the firmware right away? It doesn't sound like it should affect anything else (recordings, settings, etc.). Let us know how it goes.
     

Share This Page