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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Oct 25, 2007 #101 of 10248
    pjhartman

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    Hey, $2.49 is $2.49. :p
     
  2. Oct 25, 2007 #102 of 10248
    opus472

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    Yup, but what are folks gonna do about the pile of programs they lose when upgrading? Of course, the big problem is that there's no easy backup solution. Imagine having 500G or 1T of data on your PC with no backup...
     
  3. Oct 25, 2007 #103 of 10248
    jwalker2020

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    Does anyone have any data on how noisy this drive/enclosure is?
     
  4. Oct 25, 2007 #104 of 10248
    vstone

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    Doesn't the Tivo warranty only last for 90 days? After that you're on your own anyway.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2007 #105 of 10248
    Joybob

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    Okay. I need help.

    I'm trying to hook up a Seagate Barracude Link
    inside a Vizo enclosure using a shielded eSATA cable but the Tivo boots up fine but under settings says nothing is connected. What's the deal?
     
  6. Oct 25, 2007 #106 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    It's fairly quiet. Noise is comparable to the Tivo itself.

    Do you have a TivoHD or a Series3? What eSATA cable are you using?
     
  7. Oct 25, 2007 #107 of 10248
    Joybob

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  8. Oct 25, 2007 #108 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Yep, agreed...I'm on your side. There are actually ways to copy everything over (even with multiple drives) during an upgrade, but it's certainly not plug and pray. The need for an easy backup solution has been brought up a number of times over the years. I'm all for it! :up:
     
  9. Oct 25, 2007 #109 of 10248
    Ivomir

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    How bright is the light on the front of the WD box compared to the Tivo display?
    My Tivo is right next to the bed and I wouldn't want anything brighter at night.
    I've seen comments about the MX-1 that the light is not bright enough, so that would be a plus over the WD.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2007 #110 of 10248
    Fofer

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    Ivomir, consider this solution:

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  11. Oct 25, 2007 #111 of 10248
    AZrob

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    So does that mean that after all is said and done, the combination of Tivo and expansion drive is as loud as having 2 Tivos? My wife is very sensitive to that disk-rumbling sound....


    Rob from AZ
     
  12. Oct 25, 2007 #112 of 10248
    Joybob

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  13. Oct 25, 2007 #113 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Good to hear.

    With the unofficial expansion in the 8.3.x software, members found that most eSATA cables simply did not work, or did not work reliably with the Tivo. "Non Verified" FAQ #22 in the first post recommends the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 eSATA cable, which forum members found to work very well.
     
  14. Oct 25, 2007 #114 of 10248
    Joybob

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    I was going to go with the SIIG cable too but it didn't look shielded. I'm sure cutting off some rubber to make the plug longer will work with any cable.
     
  15. Oct 25, 2007 #115 of 10248
    lostintvland

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    I have a sata 1 drive I put in an enclosure and was using with the SA 8300HD dvr from cablevision. It was working just fine and not giving me any trouble. Now that the new software is out for the HD I want to use that drive to expand the HD. Will it work with a sata 1 drive or will that cause a heap of trouble? My other option is getting the new WD official TIVo drive.
     
  16. Oct 25, 2007 #116 of 10248
    zob

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    bkdtv, what happened with the Tripp-Lite cable recommendation that was previously posted? I have been using the Tripp-Lite .5 meter cable with my Antec MX1 & Seagate DB35 HD combination & have zero flaws with it. Is there a potential problem I am not aware of? Thanks.
     
  17. Oct 25, 2007 #117 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    I can add that back.

    It doesn't fit as "snugly" as the SIIG, so it is more prone to come lose if you are reaching around (or moving) your equipment.
     
  18. Oct 25, 2007 #118 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    As per the first post in this thread, the Western Digital DVR Expander is the only eSATA drive that will work with the TivoHD "out of the box."
     
  19. Oct 25, 2007 #119 of 10248
    zob

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    Well that explains it, because I generally don't move the external drive very often. So that is why haven't seen any problems. Thanks
     
  20. Oct 25, 2007 #120 of 10248
    selfee

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    Does anyone know the technical reason that prevents TiVos with expanded internal drives from using the new external expansion out of the box?

    In all other respects, the TiVo seems to treat the expanded drive just like its normal original drive, so it seems odd that the external drive won't pair with an embiggened internal drive.
     

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