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Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion

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

  1. Jun 6, 2007 #1001 of 2123
    richsadams

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    Good work...and ordering a new cable is probably a wise decision. Keep us posted! :up:
     
  2. Jun 6, 2007 #1002 of 2123
    bkdtv

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    If you or anyone else can report back on how the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 and Tripp-Lite P950 eSATA cables compare, I would appreciate it. Both are listed in the FAQ, but the Tripp-Lite is listed first, since it is cheaper. However, if the SIIG provides for a better (i.e. more "snug") connection, then I will be sure to note that in the FAQ.
     
  3. Jun 6, 2007 #1003 of 2123
    oldnacl

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    I'll be glad to do that - I placed the order for the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 cable today.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2007 #1004 of 2123
    dtphonehome

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    Glad to hear I'm not the only one who thought of that ridiculous idea! Although to tell you the truth, that tiny fan is getting awfully loud...guess it's not meant for 24/7 operation. Still, I only hear it when the TV and A/C is off and I'm in the same room (which is rare). I'd probably just change the case before I get a dedicated fan, though.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2007 #1005 of 2123
    hizhonor

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    Relying heavily on the information in this thread, I ordered an Antec MX1 and Seagate DB35.3 SATA drive (ST3500830SCE) from Excaliberpc.com Sunday evening. Order was confirmed Monday morning (6/4) and showed shipped later that same day with an anticipated arrival on Wednesday 6/6.

    Drive and case arrived this afternoon, right on schedule. It took less than 15 minutes to install and I now have 98 hour of HD recording space. Very smooth!

    Not quite plug-n-play as I did have to install the drive into the case, but having everything I needed arrive together sure made it as close as you can get.

    Steve
     
  6. Jun 7, 2007 #1006 of 2123
    jboy

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    I guess this is normal then. I was really hoping I would not hear it all. When I walk in the room I cannot hear my Series 3. But I can hear the fan in this drive. I still may stick a Fanmate in it to slow down the fan.

    Like children, computer and electronic equipment should be seen and not heard. :eek:
     
  7. Jun 7, 2007 #1007 of 2123
    FrogGremlin

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    Adding my thanks (and my wife's) to Spike2k5, TiVo, and the rest of the community. My MX-1 and 750GB Seagate SCE married one of our TiVos without a hitch, and all is cool and silent. (The other Series 3 on the same TV awaits cheaper 1TB drives. 160+ hours of HD is fine for now.)

    Now, what's the kickstart-62 equivalent for TTGB? :)
     
  8. Jun 7, 2007 #1008 of 2123
    DN325Ci

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    I'll pile on with my similar report: I added the MX-1/DB35 combination to my new Series3 last night. One minor install glitch occurred. The first attempt at the kickstart 62 procedure did not succeed in recognizing the drive. So I shut it down again, reached behind the S3 to make sure I had pushed the eSATA connector in all the way, and rebooted. Voila! 98 Hours of HD storage.

    This combination is has been widely reported as quiet, and in my application it is simply silent. I cannot hear it whatsoever. Air is moving though, so I assume the fan is running.

    Don
     
  9. Jun 7, 2007 #1009 of 2123
    moxie1617

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    unFortunately, I smoke but the only advantage recently is to verify that there is airflow thru the MX-1 case. Combined with the 500GB DB35 it is quiet and been working flawlessly for 14 days.
     
  10. Jun 7, 2007 #1010 of 2123
    silentbob

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    For those who use the MX-1, do you place it sideways on the stand or not? Does it make a difference one way or the other?

    I am not at all a techie and managed to complete the set-up with the DB35 last night with no problems, although some kind of narrative with the MX-1 "manual" would have been nice instead of rudimentary diagrams only.
     
  11. Jun 7, 2007 #1011 of 2123
    richsadams

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    Congrats! Works for us too. :up:

    To check the fan's airflow wet your fingers and place them in front of the drive's exhaust vents...you should feel a cool breeze. ;)
     
  12. Jun 7, 2007 #1012 of 2123
    richsadams

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    Well done! :D It won't make any difference how you place the drive...horizontal or vertical...your call.

    For anyone buying an MX-1 enclosure there is a good video tutorial here:

    http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=77150
     
  13. Jun 7, 2007 #1013 of 2123
    rt1027

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    Just curious....is the cable supplied w/ the MX-1 SATA 2 or do I need to purchase a seperate cable?
     
  14. Jun 7, 2007 #1014 of 2123
    richsadams

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    The cable supplied with the MX-1 is exactly what you need! :up:
     
  15. Jun 7, 2007 #1015 of 2123
    silentbob

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    Thanks, and the video tutorial that you linked would definitely be helpful for those who haven't installed their drives yet.
     
  16. Jun 7, 2007 #1016 of 2123
    slimm

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    I place mine sideways without the stand. Won't fit in my entertainment center with the stand.
     
  17. Jun 7, 2007 #1017 of 2123
    bkdtv

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    At the suggestion of some members, I've added an "eSATA cable" column to the list of enclosures (FAQ #30).

    If you are using an external enclosure other than the Antec MX-1 and Apricorn EZ-DTS, please send me a PM indicating whether your particular enclosure included an eSATA cable that worked well with the Series3.
     
  18. Jun 7, 2007 #1018 of 2123
    tivopalos

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    I was also successful with the MX-1 and the DB35 drive.

    Although, I do get a humming, kind of buzzing sound from both my Tivo and the new hard drive. Not quit loud enough to be annoying, but neither is silent. I ran the MX-1 without the drive and it is dead silent, so I know it's the DB35.
     
  19. Jun 7, 2007 #1019 of 2123
    Dajad

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    I'm delighted to post yet another 750 Gig DB35/Antec MX-1 Success. My TiVo now reports 131 HD hours and 1244 SD hours of available recording space. All in, it took me about a half hour to do.

    The Kickstart 62 instructions were perfect. The MX-1 video tutorial was helpful.

    Here's my attempt at an MX-1/eSata installtion manual. The numbers correspond to the tiny numbered pictures that make up the Antec MX-1's enclosed instructions:

    1. Remove screw on back of MX-1 enclosure
    2. Turn over, slide lid to the right and remove.
    3. Irrelevant closeup of power/data connectors (you don’t have to remove these). Remove the two screws on either side of internal fan unit/hard drive holder within the enclosure.
    4. Slide internal fan unit/hard drive holder back and out of the case.
    5. Slide your eSata drive onto internal fan/hard drive holder unit. It should slide in snugly onto the connector. The eSata drive will sit on top of the nice white rubbery base on the fan unit/hard drive holder.
    6. Flip the internal fan unit/hard drive holder with the newly attached eSata drive over.
    7. Screw in the four supplied screws from other side of fan unit/hard drive holder to fasten the eSata drive to it. The screws screw in through white rubbery feet.
    8. Flip back over again and place the combined fan unit/hard drive holder /eSata drive back into case and slide left into the plastic brackets within the internal casing.
    9. Another irrelevant closeup of power/data connectors (I gather if you removed the connectors in step three you are to re-attach them - you do NOT have to remove these connectors)
    10. Screw back the two screws removed in step 3 that hold the fan unit/hard drive within the enclosure.
    11 Place lid back on enclosure, slide from left to right (opposite direction of step 2).
    12. Screw back in screw removed in step 1

    I'll report back any problems I have if they arise.

    Thanks to all!

    ...Dale
     
  20. Jun 7, 2007 #1020 of 2123
    donaudio

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    For those using FAP I recommend using a cable from Cooldrives. I used a 6 foot ESata II cable and had no problem with it. The cable seems to click in. Don
     

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