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HDD recomended in these FAQ's are all discontinued; whats recomended to replace them?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by videobruce, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    In the FAQ at the top of the page here (which was updated, burt still outdated and this upgrade article;
    http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/tivo_upgrade/

    All the WD green HDD's that were recommended seem to be discontinued. The confusing four letter model numbers (EURS, AURS, EURX etc.) don't make it any easier.
    Also, this "Advanced Format" that most of the new drives now have, is this a issue with the Series 3, especially the HD? If so, other than some jumper between pins 7 & 8, is there another workaround?

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  2. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

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    I bought a 2tb drive ready to go from dvr_dude on ebay.
     
  3. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    This WD model number format document explains their model coding. One of the WD AV models with a "V" or a "U" as the second letter should be ideal for a TiVo, but some of them seem to be hard to find.
     
  4. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    Excellant find. Thanks for that. I wish I had that sooner.
     
  5. unitron

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    Grab one of these

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=499727

    or check Amazon to see if they're price-matching newegg this time around.

    The newegg sale is only for 48 hours and it's already 2.5 hours old.
     
  6. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    Thanks, I found a couple of 1TB drives on Amazon for $77.
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    The S3 HD can use a 2TB, and you get more GB/$ with one than with a 1TB.
     
  8. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    True, but you have more to loose if/when it goes south vs splitting that into two or more separate drives.
    Besides, I don't save recordings normally (with a few exceptions).
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you're using both drives on one TiVo, series 3 or 4, when one goes you lose the shows on both because the TiVo puts some of a show on one drive and some of it on the other, and does the same with next show, and the one after that, etc, because the "content providers" are frightened that if entire shows were on an external drive you could extract them somehow, ignoring that if that were possible the people that know how could do the same with shows on the internal drive.

    And of course, only the original S3 (the OLED model) can use an external drive other than the official approved WD models.
     

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