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Suitable hard drives for a Tivo Series 2?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by tkoyn, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you're going to go SATA with a JMicron or Marvell chipset based adapater, might as well spend a few extra bucks and get a 1TB instead of a 500.

    The problem is the models I could name might not be the same as when I got mine, despite the model number being the same.

    For instance, somebody around here said that the WD10EADS is now an AF drive, but it didn't use to be.

    I'm successfully using a Samsung HD103SJ in a 240, but it was one they made before Seagate bought them out, so I can't offer any guarantees about the current product being sold under that name.

    I'm using WD1001FALS drives in a couple of S2 DTs, but I got them at a good price Black Friday of 2010--they're Caviar Blacks, which is kind of overkill and I've got extra fans in the DTs because those drives run kind of toasty.

    I'd avoid any drive rated for 6Gb/s

    3Gb/s is plenty enough for a TiVo, in fact the original 1.5Gb/s is fast enough.

    A Caviar Blue won't work in an S1 for some reason, but I ran one (PATA model) in my first S2 DT for a while, and someone reported success with the 1TB SATA model, but that was a couple of model changes ago.

    You need to find someone with new old stock or a lightly used used drive, I fear.
     
  2. Kenny4200

    Kenny4200 New Member

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    Hello...i currently own two tivo DVRs with model numbers TCD540040 (40gb) and TCD540080 (80gb). Unfortunately ... i neglected to backup both images...the hard drive in the 80gb .... fried ...over the weekend. Is it possible to use the 40gb drive image for the 80gb DVR to put in a new replacement drive? Any expertise knowledge would be appreciated :(
     
  3. Kenny4200

    Kenny4200 New Member

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    I forgot to mention the DVRs are Tivo series 2 models....(1) 80gb and (1) 40gb :)
     
  4. bshrock

    bshrock New Member

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    Yes, both are the 540 model Series2. You will have to run Clear And Delete Everything on the TiVo that has the replacement drive.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    You can download the 540 image I have posted in the image begging thread or use your surviving 540 as a source for the image.

    Be aware that during this period TiVo used Maxtor drives that were slightly larger, LBA wise, than the same nominal size drives from other brands, so the image from an 80GB won't restore onto an 80GB Western Digital or Seagate.

    However, the image from the Maxtor drive in a 40GB 540 will restore onto an 80GB WD or Seagate.

    Here's one of the places I provided a link

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9204492#post9204492


    Do you already have a replacement drive selected?
     

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