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Faster HD

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by compnurd, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. compnurd

    compnurd New Member

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    I tried searching to this but could not find it..

    Has anyone upgraded there Premiere HD to a Faster Drive instead of a Green Drive? I am curious if there are any improvements or issues upgrading to a 7200k drive and one with larger cache....
     
  2. oViTynoT

    oViTynoT Obvious Forum Lurker

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    What would be the point?
     
  3. compnurd

    compnurd New Member

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    I am curious if the faster spindle or larger cache would improve any speed times.... perhaps transferring shows it may improve or stabilize network speed... or increase boot times. what brought this up is there is alot of people having speed issues with Direct TV's new interface and this is having people wonder if a faster HD would help things out for them
     
  4. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    The answer is that a faster HD does not help, there have been many threads over the years here, and the consensus is that the way the Tivo OS and filesystem deal with drives and cache speed of the drive never enters into it, thus why 5400RPM drives handle things fine.
     
  5. jrtroo

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    this has been asked and answered in the past. Someone once even tried a SSD just for kicks, I seem to remember he felt menus were a little quicker, but he did not benchmark.
     
  6. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    The slow menus are because of the slow Processor. If you can find a way to upgrade THAT you'd probably see some improvement. Not sure why TiVo is so stubborn about putting in such weak processors, but it is what it is. Hopefully the NEXT generation of TiVo will have better hardware. ;)
     
  7. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    ...and the transfer speeds are not bottlenecked by the hard drive.
     
  8. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Yes. True. Although I do have to say, they have made a fairly noticeable improvement in MRV transfer speeds on the Premiere boxes vs. my Series 3 HD's. It's faster going both directions (pulling AND pushing videos). I'm pretty satisfied with that. It's faster than real time and that's all I usually need.
     
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Series 3 to Series 3 was faster than real time.
     
  10. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    True. The new Premiers are noticeably faster though... that's all I was saying. They load super fast. :)
     
  11. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Yeah, my Premiere is faster than my S3HD which is faster than my S2's. Rumor has it that the Elite is so fast that the transfer is almost complete before you even request it. :rolleyes:
     
  12. unitron

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    TiVo's in sort of the same boat as NASA.

    By the time they pick a CPU and make sure it's bulletproof and design around it and get to production, there are newer, faster models on the market that weren't there when they started or were there but were too expensive to consider at the time.
     
  13. mattack

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    A VCR never had "slow menus".. at least not to the same degree.

    Heck, the menus on the S1 were actually what I'd say "more complete" (fewer UI glitches), and fairly fast, EXCEPT getting into Now Playing. So they sped that up on later Tivos by making Now Playing "fill in" (but be FAR worse UI-wise, IMHO).

    Basically, you should design to the hardware you have, and make things less fluff-filled so they're faster.
     
  14. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I think that's the key sentence right there. They basically cheaped out thinking the lower price would increase sales. I think a better product would increase sales. So it's a matter of priority. I know it's thier choice, but I think they could take a lesson from Apple here. ;)
     

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