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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 #61 of 2123
    keenanSR

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    I pulled the power plug. When everything was hooked up and the external drive was powered, I plugged the power cable back in while holding the pause button.

    It seemed to reboot at least twice, maybe a third time, and then I got the 2nd drive screen. The whole power-on boot process took about 10-15 mins.
     
  2. May 5, 2007 #62 of 2123
    synch22

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    staples just had the free agent pro 500gb for $209. I picked it up have not opened yet, i was under the impression it comes with the cable. I am ready to try it but thinking what my wife will say whne she finds out i put even more $$ into the tivo.



    BYY whats the chances of Tivo turning this off once they find out about it and if they never had the intention of this being released.
     
  3. May 5, 2007 #63 of 2123
    lcann44

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    You have to get her to understand that this isn't just for you, it's for the benefit of the entire house. Now she has more room to record shows she wants. If you got kids use them in the explanation too.

    Always make sure you include the wife in the reason for purchase. ;)
     
  4. May 5, 2007 #64 of 2123
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    A J Ricaud

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    Question: does the Vantec enclosure have a fan?
     
  6. May 5, 2007 #66 of 2123
    Jack D

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    I happen to have one of those too. I tried it but couldn't get it to work either. I must be doing something wrong. I give up for the night unless someone has a brilliant idea.
     
  7. May 5, 2007 #67 of 2123
    synch22

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    the free agent pro does not come with a esata cable...the guy told me he thought it did. WIll staples carry the cable? How much do they run.
     
  8. May 5, 2007 #68 of 2123
    dt_dc

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    Ahhh ... right cause, wrong effect. :cool:

    Sorry 'bout that ... good work / discovery!
     
  9. May 5, 2007 #69 of 2123
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    hiker

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    I haven't tried a eSATA drive yet but try making sure your S3 remote to set to IR ID 0. Press and hold the PAUSE and TiVo buttons simultaneously until the red light at the end of the remote control comes on, remains steady, and then stays on when you release the buttons. Then press 0 and the red light should blink 3 times. Then try the eSATA procedure again.
     
  11. May 5, 2007 #71 of 2123
    A J Ricaud

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    Thanks.
     
  12. May 5, 2007 #72 of 2123
    keenanSR

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    I don't know about Staples, but I checked Best Buy, Office Depot, CompUSA and Circuit City and could not find a eSATA cable. I wanted to get at least a 6' cable in case the cable supplied with the drive I purchased was too short. Turns out it came with a 6' cable.

    I suspect that other than a specialized computer store, an eSATA cable would probably have to purchased online.
     
  13. May 5, 2007 #73 of 2123
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I just ordered one of these...exciting news!

    (About the activation, not my order...)

    (Well, my order is exciting too, but probably more for me than anybody else.)
     
  14. May 5, 2007 #74 of 2123
    sparkomatic

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    Yep, no fan. I think the box advertised that the glossy metal or aluminum finish actually keeps the drive "cool". Not sure I believe that 100%. I would have liked a fan but there was only one enclosure there with a fan out of all of them so I thought it might not be to bad if it didn't have one.
     
  15. May 5, 2007 #75 of 2123
    pcjackson

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    Here's an interesting question - because the eSATA port was unusable prior to a recent software upgrade, should a user find the eSATA port is not functional for some reason or another -- and assuming the warranty is up on the Series3, what's the warranty status of repairing the port/logic board? The user has no way of knowing whether or not the port was functional until now. (Assuming this new feature is in fact legit which I imagine it is because of recent CableCard approvals on eSATA devices.)
     
  16. May 5, 2007 #76 of 2123
    synch22

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    can someone educate me.

    Do i need the Free Agent Pro from seagate or can i use the freeagent.

    I see a huge cost difference, they both say esata. So are they the same thing but one has firewire? I see harddrives advertising esata....but are they true esata?
     
  17. May 5, 2007 #77 of 2123
    pcjackson

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    I bought the Free Agent Pro 750GB and it works fine on the Series3. Not sure what the difference is, though. The pro does not have firewire - it has USB 2.0. That said, there is a Pro being advertised on BB.com with firewire. Maybe they have a few flavors or maybe the site is -f-d up.
     
  18. May 5, 2007 #78 of 2123
    morac

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    I'd be careful before jumping headfirst into this. Since the eSATA drive has not been official announced as operational, there is nothing that says it won't be disabled or something might change in a future software release that would cause you to lose all your recordings made after the eSATA drive was attached. Of course the same thing could be said if the eSATA drive goes bad.

    If you don't care or think it's worth the risk, then go ahead, but do so at your own risk.
     
  19. May 5, 2007 #79 of 2123
    lawilson2

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    I look at it this way, if they disable it and I can't use it anymore, then I have a great external 750GB hard drive for my PC. My external enclosure came with an adapter to add to the back of my PC, so it's not an issue for me as far as being out of money.
     
  20. May 5, 2007 #80 of 2123
    myosh_tino

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    Went out to Fry's today and got the Maxtor 500 GB hard drive and the same Vantec enclosure. Came home, installed the drive in the case and followed the instructions. Works like a charm. HD recording time jumped to 98 hours and SD recording time is now almost 1000 hours. :D :D :D

    The Fry's store I went to had the 500 GB SATA/II Maxtor drives (retail kit) for $130.
     

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