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Drive upgrades in a Premiere unit?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by jcostom, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Unfortunately you can't adjust the acoustics (AAM) on any Seagate drive so it is what it is. Not sure about adjusting "power management". If they are referring to adjusting the Intellipark feature, that only applies to Western Digital drives, nothing to do with Seagate or any other brand. So you can probably ignore both of those items.

    I took a look at that UK site...didn't see anything about TiVo though I didn't look at everything. Here's the link to everything you need to upgrade your Premiere...

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=455968

    Happy upgrading!
     
  2. marspinball

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    Can't seem to find the instructions on how to upgrade a THD to 317 hours. I thought it was in this post.

    Thanks for any help, Martin.
     
  3. richsadams

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    The 2TB upgrade instructions are for the TiVo Premiere but seem to be working successfully with TiVo HD's as well (although not for the original Series3).

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=455968

    Happy upgrading!
     
  4. jbell73

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    I think I know the answer to this already, but figured I would ask in case there have been any advancements in the area of re-upgrading the TiVo Premieres.

    I had upgraded Premiere to 1TB a while back, and am now interested in going to 2TB. Is there any way to upgrade and maintain all of the recordings/settings? This is NOT an XL, so the 1TB already has been expanded from the factory 320GB drive.
     
  5. marspinball

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    With this method does the supersize option to make it 317 hours work on the THD??
     
  6. richsadams

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    Yes.
     
  7. moyekj

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    FYI, I got tired of the excessive noise of Hitachi Deskstar (see thread starting here for details) in my Premiere. Amazon has the WD10EVDS for $75 shipped which is not a great price but good enough to prompt me to get it as a replacement for the noisy Hitachi which I will re-purpose as PC drive for backups.
    Question I have now is if I wanted to start from copy of 1 TB Hitachi to the 1 TB WD unless the WD turns out to be slightly larger than the Hitachi I won't be able to use comer's method right? Any suggestions on how to accomplish that if WD indeed turns out to be slightly smaller? (I do have the original 320GB Premiere drive which I could start from as a backup plan, but that would mean several season passes would have to be re-done).
     
  8. richsadams

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    Hmmm...I guess I'd try it the normal way first and see what happens. Otherwise, couldn't you just use dd to clone it (or could there be a partition difference between the two drives? :confused:)

    As far as the SP's, you can manage those on line now:

    http://www.tivo.com/mytivo/howto/gettivoanywhere/howto_seasonpass-manager.html
     
  9. moyekj

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    Thanks Rich. Yes the concern is the cloning part using dd (which comer's util uses) won't work if the destination drive is even slightly smaller than the source. i.e. Not all 1 TB drives give you exactly 1 TB of space - they differ by a few Kbytes usually.

    Last time I tried online SP manager it didn't work very well if making more than 1 change at a time.
     
  10. Jan 2, 2011 #1290 of 1486
    BlackBetty

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    Whats the best 2TB drive for upgrading a premier?
     
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    richsadams

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    aaronwt

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    What happened to DVR_Dude on ebay? I was looking for a 1.5TB Premiere upgrade drive for one of my TiVos but I did not see any more auctions listed. The last ones I saw were from last month for only $110 which was a cost I would have gone with.
     
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    richsadams

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    No idea about dvrdude, but using Comer's 2TB DIY is about as simple as it gets.
     
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    Idol

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    Strange that DVR Dude has no active sales on Ebay. He had the 1Tb and the 2Tb Premiere drives for sale just a couple days ago. The 1.5 Tb was kind of rare for him, but did have a good price.
     
  15. Jan 7, 2011 #1295 of 1486
    moyekj

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    Got the WD yesterday and cloned it using comer's utility to copy disk -> disk (took 19 hours since I'm using USB-SATA adapters!) When I tried running the expand partition step it failed, likely because partition was already fully expanded. At any rate the WD is in the Premiere and appears to be functioning properly and MUCH, MUCH quieter than the Hitachi Deskstar - glad to get that noisy sucker out of the Premiere.
     
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    richsadams

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    Excellent! I saw someone had the Hitachi on sale today for about $60...it's really too bad it doesn't qualify for TiVo use anymore, but that's the way it goes.

    Enjoy!
     
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    aaronwt

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    Did you enable the acoustic management on the Hitachi? I had several of them in my S3/TiVoHDs and with the Acoustic management set at 128 it was just as loud/quiet as the WD drives.
     
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    richsadams

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    Although the earlier editions of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.c series of HDD's were very quiet out of the box and the AAM could be adjusted to make them even more quiet, the latest models are noisier and the AAM can no longer be adjusted (using hddscan or any version of the Hitachi Feature Tool, new or old). It looks like both events occurred with the drives manufactured after September 1 or possibly earlier.

    The drives were a good option (I have a couple that have been flawless for more than a year) but there are a number of folks that ran into these issues recently and posted their experiences here...including moyekj. As mentioned earlier, it's too bad because they were a viable alternative.
     
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    aaronwt

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    Any idea why AM can no longer be adjusted?
     
  20. Jan 8, 2011 #1300 of 1486
    richsadams

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    None. Seems to have been a firmware change. :(
     

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