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Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion

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

  1. May 5, 2007 #41 of 2123
    Jack D

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    Well it says right on the unit where the sata connection is that it is eSata. I don't think I've unplugged the drive when the T3 is on but since I haven't succeded in getting the T3 to recognize the drive I don't think it matters at this point.
     
  2. May 5, 2007 #42 of 2123
    Jack D

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    I tried again and this time I kept pushing the pause button even when the orange light came on but it only stayed on for a second. So I don't think it was that I was releasing the pause button too quickly.
     
  3. May 5, 2007 #43 of 2123
    spike2k5

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    If you remove eSATA drive or turn it off during reboot, you will get a "want to divorce screen".
    Looks like it tries to save some shows but I'm not sure how much. Most likely shows that were on eSATA drive will be lost. Some shows on "A" drive that have partial recordings on eSATA drives will be lost I think.

    Settings are all stored on "A" drive so you don't have to worry about that.
     
  4. May 5, 2007 #44 of 2123
    keenanSR

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    Thanks, it's a little vague, but it appears everything should be okay.
     
  5. May 5, 2007 #45 of 2123
    keenanSR

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    Okay, that makes sense on the settings part, the disclaimer is a little vague though on if just the recordings made while the external drive was attached are lost, or if all of them are lost. Logically though, the original recordings are probably safe as they were never on the eSATA drive in the first place.
     
  6. May 5, 2007 #46 of 2123
    spike2k5

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    So something is not right.
    Orange light should stay on longer than a second.

    Keep hitting 62 and see what happens.

    If you can't get the kickstart 62 to work, there is another way to do it.
    If you are comfortable with opening your tivo & have a computer with SATA ports, you can do it that way too so not all is lost.
     
  7. May 5, 2007 #47 of 2123
    Jack D

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    I tried hitting 6 2 a bunch of times but no luck. What do I have to do if I open the T3?
     
  8. May 5, 2007 #48 of 2123
    lcann44

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    Wow, what a day. I didn't have faith in the first eSATA I hooked up as I was getting error messages from a blinking light so even though TiVo acknowledged the drive and space available, I decided to disconnect and install another eSATA drive.

    Scarry when it said it would "likely" remove recorded programs, but I figured since they were all recorded on the internal hard drive that wouldn't happen. Fortunately it didn't.

    So off I went and came home with a Seagate 500gb drive and an enclosure. Sure, I could have done better on the internet but I'm already pushing it now as it is and it's sweeps month. So now I have 98 hours HD, 927 SD hours. That's plenty for me. Man, this is great!
     
  9. May 5, 2007 #49 of 2123
    moxie1617

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    That was on 8.3, right?
     
  10. May 5, 2007 #50 of 2123
    lcann44

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    That's correct. :)
     
  11. May 5, 2007 #51 of 2123
    Carsten

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    Is there any speed requirements? I have noticed the Engadget folks used a 2.5 in HDD. Which I'm sure they dont perform like the 3.5in 7200 RPM hdds?

    Any thoughts?

    Luckly, today is the day my warranty runs out. Which means....I'm gonna open her up and see if I can build something to mount another hdd internally.

    Major props Spike2k5! :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :D
     
  12. May 5, 2007 #52 of 2123
    sparkomatic

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    Orange...
    I worked like a charm for me so I thought I'd post the equipment I used for everyone else.

    Tivo 8.1.1-01-2-648
    Jumped from 32 hrs HD to 98 hrs HD

    Maxtor SATA II/300 Internal Hard Drive Kit (500GB)
    Vantec NexStar 3 HD Enclosure (came with the SATA cable that I used to connect to the Tivo

    One thing I did notice while I was looking at enclosures was that some said they had a max capacity on the size HD you could use with it. Maybe some of the other experts here can comment on it but it looked like any enclosure could handle up to 500GB but above that and some might not work?
     
  13. May 5, 2007 #53 of 2123
    pcjackson

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    I used a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB HD - my recording time jumped to 131HD, 1244SD. :D What a great day...
     
  14. May 5, 2007 #54 of 2123
    Jack D

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    That is what I've been trying to use but I can't seem to get it to work. Did you just plug it in out of the box? Anything you can share?
     
  15. May 5, 2007 #55 of 2123
    pcjackson

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    Just plugged it in out of the box... (Just bought it at BB - never plugged it into a computer.) Used an eSata cable I had lying around. Shut the TiVo down and followed instructions on Engadget. All worked happily.
     
  16. May 5, 2007 #56 of 2123
    Jack D

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    A dumb question: How did you shut the Tivo down?
     
  17. May 5, 2007 #57 of 2123
    pmace

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    8.3?
     
  18. May 5, 2007 #58 of 2123
    pcjackson

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    Hrmm, 8.1.1.

    Interesting - we'll have to see what happens when 8.3 installs.

    /pj
     
  19. May 5, 2007 #59 of 2123
    Jack D

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    Yeah well I have 8.3.......and I can't seem to get it to work. But icann44 said he got it to work with 8.3.
     
  20. May 5, 2007 #60 of 2123
    keenanSR

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    I ended up getting a different drive. I went with the Seagate 500GB External Drive eSATA 3.0. Model No. ST3500601XS-RK

    http://www.compusa.com/products/pro...product_code=341441&Pn=eSATA_500GB_Hard_Drive
    CompUSA.com: Seagate eSATA 500GB Hard Drive - ST3500601XS-RK - Computer Upgrades ยป Hard Drives

    It was $162 out the door, there was some sort of $20 discount program, plus it comes with a 6' eSATA cable.

    Works perfect! :)

    Used with 8.3.1
     

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