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S3 expansion drive failing, need replacement I can go buy at a B&M this weekend

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Kipp Jones, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Nov 2, 2012 #1 of 13
    Kipp Jones

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    Hi,
    I want to replace my failing external 1gb drive (Toshiba PH3100U-1EXB) this weekend. I would like to go to a store and purchase a drive. I have Fry's and MicroCenter nearby. What external drive currently on the market will work? What do you recommend?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Nov 3, 2012 #2 of 13
    unitron

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    Are you talking about an expansion drive attached via eSATA cable to an original Series 3 TiVo?

    TCD648250b?

    The one with the OLED display that looks like a sideways mercury tube thermometer?

    Do you know if it's the actual drive itself that's failing, or the enclosure?
     
  3. Nov 3, 2012 #3 of 13
    Kipp Jones

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    Yes, I ran the smart test and the external drive showed Fail 7 on one of the tests and I am getting freeze ups and the Tivo resets. I do not know if it is the drive or enclosure so I was planning on replacing both.
     
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    unitron

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    Micro Center shows "a" 1TB Western Digital eSATA DVR extender.

    It appears to not be the one a TiVo more recent than yours would have on its very short approved list, but since you don't have to worry about the list it might be a good choice since it's designed for running 24/7 and not spending so much time on error correction that it misses the next batch of bytes (which is not what you want from a computer hard drive, where that could mean a corrupted spreadsheet or database, but is what's best for gulping down live video/audio).
     
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    Kipp Jones

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    I think I might try the MC drive, they have a good return policy if it does not work.
     
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    unitron

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    Must be nice to have a B&M choice other than Best Buy, Best Buy, or Best Buy.

    Actually we also have Staples and OfficeMax, but their hard drive prices are for people who don't know that the prices aren't the same everywhere.
     
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    Teeps

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    Yes it is indeed, there used to be many more choices in the greater Torrance area. But, many have closed their doors so there are fewer today than 5 years ago...
    Fry's is, and has been, my "go to" place for over 10 years, for B&M shopping.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2012 #9 of 13
    Kipp Jones

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    I picked up the WD My Book AV today. I am in the process of transferring all my shows off of the drives. Once complete I will install the new expansion drive.
     
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    Turns out the power supply and internal drive was bad. Replaced that as well, the unit is back up and running however I cannot get the old Toshiba 1TB external drive to be recognized now. Any thoughts on what can be done to make it work???? I did not install the WD, that is going on a different THD.
     
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    If the internal was bad, you should just have gone with a big internal.

    And if it was bad, then the shows on it and the external that was attached when it was in are all lost.

    You should connect the old external (or better yet the drive inside it) to a PC and run the diagnostic software put out by the manufacturer of the drive inside the external.
     
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    Ok, so I found a Toshiba utility and performed a format. The Tivo sees the drive and goes through the setup and restart but the drive never installs. I have tried multiple times. Any thoughts?
     
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    You need to run the long test on that Toshiba, and instead of formatting, you should probably erase it (or at least erase the first few sectors) if it passes the long test.

    The Ultimate Boot CD apparently doesn't have the Toshiba diagnostics but Hiren's does

    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

    and it'll have an erase utility as well.


    On further exploration, it seems downloading the Hiren's .iso is not a straightforward process, so get the Ultimate Boot cd instead, and use the Hitachi diagnostic.

    There are erase utilities on the UBCD as well.

    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

    Go to the bottom of the page where it says mirror sites to click on one to download the .iso file, and remember, you have to burn it as a image to a cd-r instead of just burning it to a cd-r.
     

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