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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Apr 12, 2010 #5541 of 10248
    cr33p

    cr33p New Member

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    Im looking to pick up some of these WD10EARS drives to upgrade my existing 2 TivoHD models and one S3 model, then off to buy some premieres :) , anywho, I see these are a nice price

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490

    Will this new 4k sector cause problems?

    thanks
     
  2. Apr 12, 2010 #5542 of 10248
    ccrider2

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    No problem...I got a good laugh out of it....relieved it's not true.
    Actually I've read 'people that laugh every day live longer'...so perhaps, I owe you a thanks! :up:
     
  3. Apr 12, 2010 #5543 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    OK, but only you can determine if you need to thank me for extending your life! :D
     
  4. Apr 12, 2010 #5544 of 10248
    wackymann

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    The fan in my MX-1 died, so I took it apart hoping to replace it. It wasn't at all obvious how to remove it. It seemed to be an integral part of the chassis. You may want to look for an online guide on how to replace the fan before cracking the thing open. I ended up damaging mine and had to throw it out.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2010 #5545 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Diane's post above includes a link describing how to remove the fan:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7836726#post7836726
     
  6. Apr 12, 2010 #5546 of 10248
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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  7. Apr 12, 2010 #5547 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Short answer is no, the 4k sector issue isn't an issue for TiVo. Read up on the drive in the FAQ, particularly the part about having to disable or extend the timeout of the drive's Intellipark feature (Section IV, #29).

    Happy upgrading!
     
  8. Apr 12, 2010 #5548 of 10248
    richsadams

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  9. Apr 12, 2010 #5549 of 10248
    Leon WIlkinson

    Leon WIlkinson TiVo Gone Wild

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    Good Luck, I did, well kind of...

    I tried to do a a Mfscopy off a original TiVoHD drive which showed failing 7 on kickstart 54 HDscan Then on the HDscan3.2 it showed 3 warning on it

    I couldn't get wdidle3 to work at all I used nero express and made a bootable data CD. connected the HD to the SATA on the MB, The desktop I used was a gateway 832GM with a SE91510J bios, in the bios I had an option which looked like this.

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    ATA/IDE    options of Native or legacy  
    
    I tried both Native & legacy with no success, I had no AHCI or RAID option.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2010 #5550 of 10248
    cr33p

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    Disabling Intellipark isnt an issue for me, I have been succesfull in disabling it, I was just worried about the new 4k sector

    thanks
     
  11. Apr 12, 2010 #5551 of 10248
    serenity

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    On the first page in the FAQ it says:

    Based on this advice I chose to grab a Hitachi rather then a WD EARS
    Though WD do provide an alignment tool and jumper setting to change the block size, I thought it would be best not to be the guinea pig in this case
     
  12. Apr 13, 2010 #5552 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    I should probably edit that FAQ. Several members are using the WD EARS successfully.

    On PC hardware forums, many have reported a performance hit under Linux and third-party, Linux-based devices with the EARS, but it may not be enough to create a noticeable difference on the TiVo HD.
     
  13. Apr 13, 2010 #5553 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Gotcha. :up:
     
  14. Apr 13, 2010 #5554 of 10248
    ccrider2

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    Who knows how long I'm gonna live?....only God.....I'll just thank you for the laugh.:D
    I'll leave it up to the Man to thank you for the extension....if it comes true.;)
     
  15. Apr 13, 2010 #5555 of 10248
    richsadams

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  16. Apr 13, 2010 #5556 of 10248
    richsadams

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    A number of folks are successfully using the EARS series in their TiVo's. There was concern that the 4k sector format might be a problem very early on. However although the 4k sector can be problematic for Windows XP boxes it hasn't turned out to be an issue for TiVo.

    The Hitachi is a good choice though. :up:
     
  17. Apr 13, 2010 #5557 of 10248
    richsadams

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    MacMall.com is offering the Fantom Green 1TB eSATA drive that's being successfully used by a number of TCF members with their Series3's for $59.99 after two rebates. (The drive won't work via P&P on TiVo HD, HDXL, Premiere or Premiere XL's). Offer ends 04/30/10.

    http://www.macmall.com/p/4927517?dpno=7532251&source=zwb12166
     
  18. Apr 14, 2010 #5558 of 10248
    jcthorne

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    At the completion of restore the image, it asked if I wanted to expand partition to use unused space on the drive. I said yes. It did so and reported done sucessfully. I did not write down the specific messages but it indicated no errors. I even did it twice, a second time after removing all partitions and letting winmfs start from a fresh drive. Same result both times.
     
  19. Apr 14, 2010 #5559 of 10248
    cr33p

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  20. Apr 14, 2010 #5560 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Nice find. :up: It's outside of the "legitimate" upgrade process, but if you're up for it you can utilize all of the space from a 1.5TB (or 2TB) drive) using a hacked image. More here:

    http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7823170#post7823170

    I haven't tried it yet, but a few others here have done it successfully. I suppose if I were going down that road I'd go w/2TB though as the difference in recording space between 1.26TB and 1.5TB isn't that much. For another $30 for 2TB's it might be worth it. Just a thought.

    Happy upgrading!
     

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