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Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, May 5, 2007.

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    NOD

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    linky?
     
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    NOD

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    hmm, the reviews are pretty good. The lack of fan is close to a dealbreaker, but I noticed that a few of the reviewers were using it as DVR add-on w/ good success.

    adds bookmark
     
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    chrishicks

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    now if a person didn't care about noise and wanted to get an external case with a fan to get the most cooling possible what would be a good case to get?
     
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    The Wiebetech case I have for my Mac has no fan and the drive can run backing up for 8 hours and only be lightly warm to the touch. Its all aluminum and acts as a heat sink.
     
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    bkdtv

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    You could use that enclosure with a single drive, but there is no way to use two drives in that enclosure.

    Other multi-disk enclosures with RAID should work as well to support multiple drives, but remember that the Series3 supports a maximum of 1Tb external expansion.
     
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    NOD

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    good find, Chris! That looks like it might just fit the bill (and even look pretty good in an AV rack).

    I'm willing to pay an extra 30 or 40 bucks for a reliable enclosure.
     
  11. May 7, 2007 #211 of 2123
    bkdtv

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    That looks like a nice alternative to the Apricorn EZ Bus DTS, which is only available in silver.

    Someone buy one and make sure it works so I can add it to the first post. :)
     
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    NOD Chim Richalds

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    The Antec's tentatively going to be my choice, but I won't be able to be the guinea pig since I have to wait on the 1TB Hitachi to be delivered in 2 wks.

    Sorry.
     
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    morac

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    I have a question about disconnecting the external drive. From what I've read, if the drive is disconnected while the TiVo is running, the TiVo will continue on it's merry way unless you try to play a recording that was made after the drive was married (in which case it will reboot).

    What happens if the TiVo tries to record something while the drive is disconnected (ie: disconnect drive, then have TiVo record something)? Will it reboot or just record to the internal drive?
     
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    gwsat

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    That’s what I’m thinking, too. I want to learn a lot more about the ins and outs of adding an eSata drive to an S3 before I commit to add one. That said, the developments thus far are promising.
     
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    gwsat

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    Has it been established that you can add a 1TB eSata drive and get your S3 to record on both it and your original internal drive, so that you have a total recording capaticty of 1.25TB? If so, that’s really neat.
     
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    NOD

    NOD Chim Richalds

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    I had the same concern. So I started this thread, and both Justin Thyme and Greg Burns have shown that the S3 can go over 1TB (total). Justin Thyme's setup was the RAID equivalent of what my setup will (hopefully) be.
     
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    gwsat

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    Great! Thanks for your fast-as-lightning response. :)
     
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    NJChris

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    I didn't see it in the thread, but which enclosures or all-in-one (like My Book) will power on automatically after a power outtage?
     
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    NOD

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    IIRC, my 1TB MyBook usb/FW external powers back on when the power returns after an outage. But I'm not 100% sure.

    Obviously, this may not be at all helpful considering mine isn't an SATA/eSATA. But do with it what you will...
     
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    chrishicks

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    I think I'm going to bite on the Antec case and the 500Gb Samsung HDD that was posted a few pages back but I have one concern that I don't recall seeing mentioned. I'm currently on 8.1. if I install the external drive and then I get 8.3 afterwards will the S3 just reboot and continue as usual with the esata drive connected or could I run into some problem there?
     

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