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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Jan 13, 2010 #4581 of 10248
    zanyman

    zanyman thread killer

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    Just found the 1TB Hitachi HD31000 at my local Microcenter for $70 this weekend. The upgrade to my TivoHD was quick and painless, thanks to these excellent recommendations and instructions. Thanks!!
     
  2. Jan 13, 2010 #4582 of 10248
    adamwsh

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    So after seeing that ProVantage had over 400 in stock (according to their website) I placed the order. I just got an email saying the no longer have them available and won't until maybe 1/22. So I canceled the order and found it on PCRush.com (never heard of them before) for a couple bucks more. I called them first to ask if they in fact have them ready to ship and the guy said yes. So I placed the order. We'll see what happens.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2010 #4583 of 10248
    dgarrick

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    Yes, I just did a full upgrade over last weekend of my HD Tivo's internal and external drives. For the drives I used:

    WD10EARS 1TB - internal
    Seagate ST3100341AS 1.5TB in an Antec MX-1 eSata enclosure

    All went smooth for me except the fact I am a Mac guy and had to use my work PC laptop and a SATA-to-USB connector to perform the upgrade. I did the "preserve settings but not recordings" upgrade for the internal EARS drive. That worked fine.

    The only step that was difficult for me was finding a SATA motherboard connection (had a vacant PC at work for this) to perform the WD Intellipark disable step with wdidle3. Note: The USB-to-SATA connector WILL NOT work for this step as the wdidle3 just hangs in DOS when the command is entered from the R:> drive. Apparently the EARS drives DO have this feature enabled as my Tivo was struck on the power up before I did the wdidle3.

    As far as any drive noise, I do not hear any coming from the EARS. The total capacity now reads in the 300's HD and 2900+ SD.

    This wasn't a completely seamless upgrade due to my preference for Mac but fairly painless looking back on the process.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2010 #4584 of 10248
    backyard

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    dg,

    I'm all EARS.

    Thanks for posting the EARS results. I haven't decided wether to return mine or go for the install. I am sata-usb constrained as well and curious about the 4K misalignment potential (see above). Please drop a note here if you notice any performance issues. I have a week or so to decide. Thanks again.
    Backyard.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2010 #4585 of 10248
    BrianM83

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    While I have my s3 TiVo open, is there any thing else I can do to enhance my TiVo experience? Something that doesn't require soldering?
     
  6. Jan 14, 2010 #4586 of 10248
    drhankz

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    What improvement requires soldering - I need that one :p
     
  7. Jan 14, 2010 #4587 of 10248
    richsadams

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    The optional TiVo convenience hack. :D
     
  8. Jan 14, 2010 #4588 of 10248
    adamwsh

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    My firewall is blocking this pic. What is it?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2010 #4589 of 10248
    drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    Thanks Rich - but I can't use that one - My TiVo is RACK mounted.
     

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  10. Jan 14, 2010 #4590 of 10248
    whitepelican

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    It's a gorgeous bikini model straddling a TivoHD. You're really missing out.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2010 #4591 of 10248
    adamwsh

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    Figures. :eek:
     
  12. Jan 14, 2010 #4592 of 10248
    drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    Ya - you need a NEW Bikini Friendly Firewall :up:
     
  13. Jan 14, 2010 #4593 of 10248
    dgarrick

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    I've had the upgraded HD Tivo running for 5 days now and have not noticed any performance or noise issues. NPL looks fine. Transfers from other HD Tivo OK. pyTivo OK.

    I'm not sure what the 4k misalignment fuss is about? Will I be watching The Daily Show and Sean Hannity bleeds in or something?

    I would say go for it!
     
  14. Jan 14, 2010 #4594 of 10248
    kviri

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    Several months ago, I bought a WD10EADS, put it in an external enclosure, archived some large disk images and video files to it... and haven't touched it (or powered it on) since, so it's practically unused. Given the current price of 2GB drives (and the fact that I can't use a >1TB drive as an upgrade to my unit), I'm thinking I might repurpose it as an upgrade drive for my TiVo HD, and buy a larger drive to use in the enclosure for backups.

    My question: The WD10EADS has a manufacture date of 26 FEB 2009, and the full model number on the sticker is WD10EADS-00L5B1. Am I correct in assuming that I don't need to worry about IntelliPark at all? The FAQ would seem to indicate so, but I want to verify before I muck around in my (still factory stock) TiVo HD.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2010 #4595 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Yes.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2010 #4596 of 10248
    backyard

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    I'm not sure what the 4k misalignment fuss is about? Will I be watching The Daily Show and Sean Hannity bleeds in or something?

    I would say go for it![/QUOTE]

    Ok, I'll go for it. But if Olberman morfs to Limbaugh I'm blaming you!
     
  17. Jan 14, 2010 #4597 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    Would it be OK if Leno came through? Actually, how would you know? I mean he could be on any show. :D
     
  18. Jan 15, 2010 #4598 of 10248
    jza80

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    Is that indicator gauge on the S3 image posted a few back on the "convenience hack" related to disk capacity? If so, how do I enable it on my S3??
     
  19. Jan 15, 2010 #4599 of 10248
    dlfl

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    If that happens you should be thankful. And also it would be a technological miracle since Rush isn't on TV at all. :p
     
  20. Jan 15, 2010 #4600 of 10248
    S3-2501

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    I'm just here to add my experience to this extremely valuable thread.

    I received a Seagate Pipeline 1TB drive that I ordered from Provantage, and successfully used WinMFS to backup my old TivoHD drive and then used the MFSCopy feature to copy everything from the old drive to the new Seagate drive. I put my old drive in a SATA to USB/ESATA enclosure, and connected the Seagate drive using a simple SATA to USB converter. Everything was done on my Vista x64 notebook.

    As of this morning, everything seems to have gone smoothly, and although it's only been a little less than two days, so far the noise level seems about the same as the TivoHD's original drive.

    If anyone's interested, I used an online date code converter to determine that the drive I received was manufactured in December, so it's a recent drive that hopefully has the latest firmware. According to Seagate's website, the warranty on it is good through December 2012.

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread, and especially to the people responsible for making the WinMFS program! It made the process very straight-forward and pain-free. It's wonderful that such resources are available to allow us all to continue to get the most out of our Tivos despite the fact that Tivo itself offers such limited hardware support for their products.
     

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