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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. jboy

    jboy New Member

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    Did anyone else notice how fast your have to be typing in 62?

    I tried to get my 500 GByte drive up and working 6 or 7 times. Finally, I got it work by ensuring that I entered "62" while the yellow light was on after all of the lights went out and the yellow light came back on. I think I only had about 2-3 seconds before the light went out again.

    jerry
     
  2. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    I'd be interested in that as well, the ST3500630AS I got originally is freakin' noisy, sounds like a mini-popcorn machine - that drive is now destined for some server work elsewhere once I get the DB35.
     
  3. MichaelK

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    another data point on the free agent pro- I forgot to add- I can also confrim that despite the 'soft switch' it does in fact fire right back up when the power is restored and it's connected to a tivo.

    The funny thing is after i bought it and had it hooked up it hit me that it was a soft switch. I didn't see the earlier reports that it fires right back up so i emailed their tech support asking if there was a way to set the firmware to start right back up. They replied basically 'no-tough- its a feature' - dumb a**es dont even know their own products.
     
  4. MichaelK

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    i have number 2 on order for pickup at the local store on the way home from work tomorrow- if i can get it open easily I'll report back (sorry no promises) BTW the free agent pro comes with a 5year warrenty- not sure if the db35 does or does not.

    I cant seem to find any spec sheets at the seagate site at the moment- maybe someone else has better louck and can figure it out from the specs?
     
  5. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    I've posted it on another thread but yes I did rip free agent pro open and it's

    ST3500630AS drive inside.

    I would think 750 will have ST3750640AS.

    No fan inside, drive is enclosed in a metal bracket with holes that's it.
     
  6. bsather

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    The drives were in plastic shells, then wrapped in large bubble wrap, surrounded by large foam packing peanuts. :up:
     
  7. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Slower...
  8. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    We've purchased hundreds of computer parts; dozens of drives for PC's, our servers, etc. from a number of companies and the price, selection, stock and packing by excaliberpc.com was as good or better than most. We recommend them.

    And a big thanks for your original post on this subject! :up:
     
  9. keenanSR

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  10. slimm

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    I haven't tried the EZ-BUS-DTS-EKIT(Hard Drive included) but I have tried the EZ-BUS-DTS and Antec MX-1 with a WD 500 GB Drive. The fan in each looks very similar. The Apricorn Has an all aluminum shell and the Antec has an aluminum/plastic shell. They are both very quiet and both keep the drive cool but I think the Antec is quieter and also keeps the drive cooler. The other selling point for the Antec is the soft blue light. The EZ-BUS has a very bright red light that also illuminates the front sides of the enclosure. Maybe I'm paranoid but red to me always means STOP!!! :) A little tape can take care of the power light but I don't know about the eerie glow from the sides because it appears that air is pulled through the perforated vents :). They both are excellent enclosures, it's just a matter of personal choice.
     
  11. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Interesting, the ST3500630AS I got is pretty noisy, could just be my drive, it's in a MX-1 case and it can be heard from 10' away in a quiet room.
     
  12. MichaelK

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    ya know what's funny- inside the free agent pro case it seems pretty quite- but you can put your hand on the case and FEEL the drive seeks like mad.
     
  13. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    What is the firmware version?
    It's on the top of the drive.
     
  14. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Firmware: 3.AAK

    Date code is: 07334

    It's weird, there is nothing in my List currently, only the deleted stuff, about 70 of so shows, yet the drive is still seeking. When I had the cover off to check the FW it did at one point seek at a lower noise level, but then went back up again.

    Right now it's dead quiet, but turning the S3 on, change a channel, and it's making pop-corn again. :p

    Now it's quiet again... :eek:
     
  15. sfhub

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    Your drive is listed as 7200.10 so my comments might not directly apply, but I have 4 7200.9 500GB drives that I tried with kickstart 62. They are all pretty noisy seek-wise. It is hard to predict when TiVo will be using the drive, as it sometimes is indexing or doing other stuff in the background. Watching live TV is going through the same motions as recording and playing back.

    When my drives really aren't writing, they are relatively silent, but when the red "write" light starts being lit on my enclosure, I can hear the seeks very clearly.

    I wouldn't use the recording list being empty as an indication that the drives should be silent.

    I can also hear the DB35 drives, but the seek sound is much more muted to the point that it isn't noticeable unless I'm up close.
     
  16. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    Mine is upto 3.AFK and it is quiet.
    Date code: 07355 and Site code: TK (Thailand)
    Maybe they fixed it in the later revision or 3.AFK is tune to be silent.
    It's all about the firmware anyways.

    Because of live buffer, TiVo records all the time.
     
  17. sfhub

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    In case anyone would like to try, I've upgraded Seagate firmware before. They have a process where you email them the serial #s of your drives and they give you some semi-custom firmware based on your serial #s. That's what they tell you anyway. I think they just want to verify the firmware you are starting with can be directly upgraded to the new firmware or whether you need to do a multi-step upgrade.

    In my case the firmware was to fix RAID performance. In terms of noise, the drives were as loud as always.
     
  18. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    That was a scsi drive right?
    I don't know if they will do it for desktop drives though.
     
  19. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    The noise is acceptable currently, I really only hear it during soft passages, and it's not there all the time, when it is, it's noisy though. I'm really just waiting to see what the 1TB Hitachi is like and then I'll just swap that one in and put the Seagate where noise isn't an issue.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2007 #180 of 259
    jlib

    jlib Lean Forward

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    Anyone who decides to purchase any upgrade products from thenerds.net should use the gateway links at MFSlive.org. That assures the source is properly credited.
     

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