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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Aug 16, 2010 #6281 of 10316
    richsadams

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    Nice find earlier...I saw that and thought about posting, but didn't want to get everyone too excited. ;) It's amazing that 2TB can be had for <$100 now. :rolleyes:

    FWIW there's actually very little difference between WD's EARS and EVDS drive series as far as TiVo is concerned. The nice thing about the EVDS is that the AAM is already tuned to 128...although both are very quiet out of the box.
     
  2. Aug 16, 2010 #6282 of 10316
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Wonder if his digital camera still uses film. :D
     
  3. Aug 16, 2010 #6283 of 10316
    MPSAN

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    You are making too much out of this! You do not need a server. All you need is someone to upload the files to MediaFire and send you the link!
     
  4. Aug 16, 2010 #6284 of 10316
    richsadams

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    Oh, come on now! You take all of the fun out of being evil. :p
     
  5. Aug 16, 2010 #6285 of 10316
    MPSAN

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    Well, I guess that is one way to think about it.
    Rich, have you ever had any issues with 508? I noticed that KGW was locked up last night. I went back about 15 seconds and all was OK, but when it came to the end of the buffer it just froze again. The other tuner was fine. I switched back to 508 and it was still locked. I went up to 510 and all was OK. I went back to 508 and it, too, was OK. Have you ever had this? Can one station cause 1 tuner/buffer to lock up? All is OK now.
     
  6. Aug 16, 2010 #6286 of 10316
    richsadams

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    To be honest, I've been noticing a number of issues. So has another TCF member in Gresham. Initially I thought my Premiere XL was acting up, but it turns out Frontier has been making some changes. I'll PM you since it would be a bit OT here.
     
  7. Aug 18, 2010 #6287 of 10316
    GPT999

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    Guess I didn't do my due diligence in checking compatibility of the TIVO HD with the Free Agent Pro, but I had one hanging around. I am curious if anyone got this to work at all ( Thanks Rich for the response). I also saw on another forum there may have been an issue with firmware or the enclosure? The person had taken the HDD out of the FAP enclosure and stuck it in a external enclosure with power switch to get it to work. Not sure if they also modified the drive firmware as well to tell it not to sleep. If anyone got this to work, please email if not want to post. Trying to save that extra $$ and use this FAP if possible, but I would buy an enclosure for it. Thanks again...
     
  8. Aug 18, 2010 #6288 of 10316
    richsadams

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    You should be able to pull the drive and place it in another enclosure such as the recommended Antec MX-1. Since the drive is running 24/7 there's no opportunity for it to spin down so no worries about "sleep mode".

    However I still wouldn't go down that road. There's no guarantee that it will work properly (although I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't) and being a used drive its lifespan may or may not be near an end. (All recordings are lost if it fails.)

    If you're determined to add an external drive I'd pick up a 1TB Fantom Green eSATA drive. They employ a WD GP hard drive and there are a number of folks successfully using them here. IIRC unlike most external drives Fantom has a two-year warranty. On sale the cost isn't much more than an empty enclosure. You can get one for $49.99 AR w/free shipping right now...

    http://bit.ly/DPWMD

    Looks like they're out of stock at the moment, but the drive is very popular so I'd think they'll have it again very soon. Onsale.com had them for $59 the other day, no rebate, etc. If you keep your eyes open you can usually find them for about that price.

    Just a thought. Let us know what you end up doing.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2010 #6289 of 10316
    Joe3

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    I didn't think it would work when I took my Free Agent Pro apart. But for me it worked. I didn't have to modified the drive firmware.
    As a matter of fact 2 to 3 years after its original death in its own enclosure it's doing well and still going strong in its new enclosure. I kid you not, its been 8 years of constant use connected to my Series 3. However, I went retail for the new enclosure so if it did not work I could return it with some excuse of how it doesn't fit.

    or what ever Rich says, he's one of the Maharishi&#8217;s I follow. But 50 bucks is 50 bucks. :D
     
  10. Aug 18, 2010 #6290 of 10316
    GPT999

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    Hey Joe, What did you end with for an enclosure? Did get one with on/off switch or... Thx for the info... Would a sledge hammer be too big a tool to open the FAP? :D:D
     
  11. Aug 18, 2010 #6291 of 10316
    richsadams

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    FWIW an on/off switch really isn't an option.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2010 #6292 of 10316
    richsadams

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    That's pretty amazing and great to hear! Wow! :)
     
  13. Aug 19, 2010 #6293 of 10316
    Marconi

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    If your drive is eight years old, it needs to be replaced.

    And 50 bucks is more than your recordings are worth to you? Seriously, hard drives should be replaced every 3-5 years at most.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2010 #6294 of 10316
    Joe3

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    no doubt, but I did back up what I thought I would never see again if my luck ran out. ;)


    The FAP opened up rather easily since it was frozen and don't ask. ;)
     
  15. Aug 19, 2010 #6295 of 10316
    ThAbtO

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    Oh goodie, time for some Tivo surgery... Who brought the anesthesia? :D
     
  16. Aug 19, 2010 #6296 of 10316
    richsadams

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    The old throw the hard drive in the freezer and it'll recover trick gone terribly wrong eh? :p
     
  17. Aug 19, 2010 #6297 of 10316
    MPSAN

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    Well, that may have more to do with TiVo's OS than the drive. However, there is not much you can do about it!
     
  18. Aug 19, 2010 #6298 of 10316
    ThreeSoFar

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    Huh?

    No, it doesn't. Drives have limited lifetimes. Eight years is way beyond that limit.
     
  19. Aug 20, 2010 #6299 of 10316
    MPSAN

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    Nope, 70,000 hours is not "way beyond that limit". Anyway, any further input on my part, and I can elaborate, would be way Off Topic here.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2010 #6300 of 10316
    VSG

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    I see 1 partition of 1.7tb....everything works fine.

    What are the signs of it not working again?

    :confused:
     

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