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Seagate 2TB $69 at Newegg

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by MeInDallas, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    Just got an email on this and thought I would share. I dont know much about Seagate drives, but I know some people love them. Thought it was a good deal for 2TB.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834
     
  2. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    The 3TB Seagate internal drive is $89.

    Everybody is saying the drives have fatal bug with head parking.

    I'm going to send my new 3TB Seaqate external back to Amazon.
     
  3. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    I almost bit, until I read the reviews. I'll stick with WD drives.
     
  4. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    A 3TB drive wont work in a Tivo anyhow.
     
  5. gchance

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    It will, but it's tricky... you need your own enclosure and to reformat the drive using Seatools. It will create two partitions that are readable by TiVo.

    Greg
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I know it says it'll let you use it with XP, but are you talking about some kind of MetaPartitions that appear to actually be 2 separate drives?

    Because the TiVo is going to want an Apple Partition Map drive on which there are 13 to 16 partitions as its internal drive.
     
  7. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I could not do that and have it readable with my TP.
     
  8. BlackBetty

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    Not true. It will work, you just won't be able to utilize the full 3TB.
     
  9. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    Well I'm not gonna be real nit-picky about it, but what I meant was that the full 3TB will not be used. Better? :rolleyes:
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Please tell us who got which TiVo model to even boot with a drive over 2TB installed, regardless of how much of it was actually formatted or how large it claimed to be.
     
  11. nrnoble

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    I bought two of these HDDs from newegg.com 3 days ago. I paid $109 each. Does Newegg have any price guarantee policy where they refund the difference when someone buys the exact item (same part number) a few days prior to sale?
     
  12. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you haven't opened, or even received, the package yet, call and talk to customer service (or maybe you can email them or "chat" online) and see if being polite to them will get them to be nice to you.

    Read this:

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/211396.aspx

    and this:

    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=311040


    Sounds like they haven't tied their hands with an official policy, but are willing to take things on a case by case basis "on the downlow", so to speak, so give them a chance to make you happy.
     
  13. nrnoble

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    Thanks I will give it a try.

    And yes, I have found that "Praising" and doing a little bit of "butt kissing" can go a long way. I am amazed how sometimes others online think that being a hardass works better (Ie threats never to do business again). My goal generally is motivate the person to help, not try to get me off the phone asap. "Please" and "thank you" works amazingly well with a friendly tone of voice. :)
     
  14. lessd

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    Any drive over 2Tb will not boot in any TiVo, does not matter what you do, I did a copy without any expansion and the drive will not boot, you can't even boot such a drive in Windows XP without downloading and installing some special driver software, Windows 7 and up will give you the option to partition the drive in the MBR system, limit to 2.2TB, or the new system, then you get the full 3TB.
     
  15. unitron

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    It occurs to me that one might deliberately put a host protected area on a 3TB drive, using one of the more dangerous options of

    hdparm

    so that only 2TB are accessible, put an image on it with jmfs and expand, and see if an S3 HD or S4 will boot just out of curiosity, but even if successful you have only 2TB usable.

    And there's always the risk of winding up with a rather expensive shiny silver paperweight.

    I just got WinMFS to think a 2TB drive was a 1TB drive as part of an experiment using the same technique.
     
  16. gamo62

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    Would you post the link for the 3TB. Doing a search on Newegg shows the $169 price.
     
  17. lessd

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    It is not the size it is the type of low level format that has to be used to address more than 2.2TB, at this point TiVo, or for that matter, Windows XP will not recognize that type of low level format. There is some driver software one can download to use the drive with XP, but in the case of special TiVo drivers only TiVo can provide them, or somebody above my pay grade.
     
  18. mattack

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    Gee, this is even worse than the ~10 year ago limit of 137 gigs… since they won't even boot at all.. At least you used to be able to use bigger drives but wasted that. Now in a couple of years, when only > 2 gig are available, we may be hosed.

    (Then again, I've been using offline storage more often anyway lately… since most of the channels I record are not protected, and a huge proportion of what I record is off of OTA rebroadcast stations, which CAN'T be protected.)
     
  19. tootal2

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    Is that a 6 gigs per second black drive or a slow green drive?

     
  20. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Moot point, the sale was last week or the week before.
     

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