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How to activate eSATA port on TiVo Series 3

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by spike2k5, May 4, 2007.

  1. May 5, 2007 #21 of 259
    DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Regarding the speculation that the S3 will record one show simultaneously to both drives doesn't seem logical to me - unless it was done for copy protection. The screens that are posted on Engadget make sense because you obviously will lose recordings if you remove the external drive. The shows that lived on it, and any shows that span both drives.

    I'm sure we'll hear more about this in the next few days from brave souls who try it... I'm too attached to my shows to try it :p ;)
     
  2. May 5, 2007 #22 of 259
    spike2k5

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    It doesn't work with Kickstart 62 if you expanded it previously but there is another way.
     
  3. May 5, 2007 #23 of 259
    jwehman

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    Would you care to enlighten these folks here?
     
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    windracer

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    Well, using the kickstart procedure is not exactly a common practice that the average user would attempt. It's usually meant for maintenance and recovery. That's why I was surprised there was a code that would do an expand like this.

    Also, look at those screenshots on Engadget. All of the new screens used in this procedure have a different font and are lengthy ... it doesn't seem like this feature is quite ready for primetime. It's almost like those are placeholder screens that will be properly "TiVo-ized" to have the same look-and-feel as the rest of the UI.
     
  5. May 5, 2007 #25 of 259
    msu2k

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    TivoInNY

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    Wow - this is GREAT. Thanks for posting!

    My only hesitation is that Tivo will catch wind that people have figured it out (indeed, they likely already have), and shut eSATA down in a future software upgrade. If they do that, we could lose all of our recordings, couldn't we?
     
  7. May 5, 2007 #27 of 259
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    scottb4u

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    To all the experts: How do we get to activate the esata port on already expanded S3's?

    We are waiting with baited breath!
     
  9. May 5, 2007 #29 of 259
    spike2k5

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    I'm looking for few volunteers for beta testing.
     
  10. May 5, 2007 #30 of 259
    msu2k

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    Here I sit with only my stock 250GB S3 drive and already you "expanders" are clamoring for even more storage space. Some people are so greedy! ;)
     
  11. May 5, 2007 #31 of 259
    jhimmel

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    From my point of view, if I wanted 750G of storage, I'd much rather spend $160 on a DB35 500G drive and add it to the existing 250G drive using eSATA. Plus, I don't have to open the case and play around with images, and potentially void my warranty. MY S3's are tucked away where I can't see them. I couldn't care less about the drive "hanging off". This is a much cheaper and more convenient option. A "no-brainer"
     
  12. May 5, 2007 #32 of 259
    Fofer

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    I'd be interested in volunteering (currently have a 750 GB internal) -- just curious about what it entails. Would I need to open the S3 case again?
     
  13. May 5, 2007 #33 of 259
    spike2k5

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    Yes you will have to.
     
  14. May 5, 2007 #34 of 259
    Carsten

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    Wonder if there is enough room to put the 2nd hard inside the Tivo. Then redirect the eSata inside and and use internal power.
     
  15. May 5, 2007 #35 of 259
    Jack D

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    I just tried it with a Seagate "Free Agent Pro" 750 GB drive. This drive comes with its own external case and is supposed to be plug and play. It does have dual interface (USB and eSata).

    It didn't work.

    I think I followed the instructions properly:

    I plugged in the drive to the T3 with the power plug on the T3 unplugged. Turned on the power to the external drive. Plugged in the T3 while pushing pause. Lights on T3 turned off as it was booting and then the small orange light came on. I then pushed "62" on the remote while pointing it at the T3.

    The T3 just booted up as usual and no notification that a second drive had been actived. Drive capacity shows 32 hours so same as when I bought it.

    Thoughts:

    1. Does the sata drive have to be initialized with a computer first or is it ok to use it brand new with the T3?

    2. Could it be that something about the dual interface of the Seagate is messing things up?

    Anyone have any thoughts about what I'm doing wrong?


    Thanks for help.

    PS I've got FW 8.3.
     
  16. May 5, 2007 #36 of 259
    DCIFRTHS

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    I assume you mean software version 8.3 on the TiVo? If so, maybe this method of expanding space doesn't work on version 8.3 :(

    EDIT: Have you verified that the cable is seated properly? Do you have an eSATA port on your computer to verify that it works properly on the PC?
     
  17. May 5, 2007 #37 of 259
    Adam1115

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    UH OH, has anyone confirmed this works with 8.3???
     
  18. May 5, 2007 #38 of 259
    sriggins

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    Ok this ROCKS! I had bought two 500gb drives on sale from Frys waiting for the day when I buy a Mac Pro, but I'll gladly stick one on my TiVo if I can find a quality, affordable, QUIET eSata case.

    Steve
     
  19. May 5, 2007 #39 of 259
    erubenst28

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    First, thank you very much for this eSata workaround... it is a long time coming, and shame on Tivo for not enabling yet (especially for the early adopters who shelled out $800 the day these came out...)

    I have 8.3.1. and it works great with the Seagate 500GB eSata external I picked up from Compusa today for $149.

    Sys info shows 927 SD hours and 98 HD hours...

    However.... on one of my HD channels (YES network), the picture comes in for 3 seconds and then goes blank with the error flag:

    "Viewing is not permitted using the DVR's HDMI output. Try another input."

    I assume this is an HDCP issue that is cropping up now that I am using an external drive through eSata... the other HD channels work fine... so far
     
  20. May 5, 2007 #40 of 259
    spike2k5

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    I don't think Free Agent Pro comes with eSATA cable.
    Did you use usb cable to connect to TiVo?
    You will have to use eSATA cable to eSATA port on S3 Tivo.
     

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