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Tivo S3 upgraded to 1TB via external RAID

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by lightrunner, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. Oct 18, 2006 #61 of 102
    lightrunner

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    greg_burns, that is way too cool. I was starting to get a bit tired of looking at my bedroom s3 with the covery half way open. Now I know what to do. Thanks for the great pic of the scissor as well so I know what to grab at my local Home Depot.

    c3, I really don't have much time to watch tv. Most of the time it just stays on in the background. Almost all of my S3 RAID build and testing was done in the middle of the night. You'd be surprised at how much energy can be derived from a pot of coffee, some red bull and mountain dew at 3 a.m. on a work day. Yeah I get a little obsessive.
    I mainly did this to contribute to this forum. I had one of these RAID boxes laying around the office so I decided to give it a try.

    Also just a note I upgraded my Living room S3 to 750GB and noticed that my eSata RAID bedroom S3 is much faster when connecting to tivo and loading the data. I did a side by side comparison after a clean delete and repeat guided setup. I did this 3 times just to verify. However, I do not notice any slowness or diferences when recording and watching shows.
     
  2. Oct 18, 2006 #62 of 102
    lightrunner

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    Thanks JDAWG11, yes those are Def Tech's powered by a Yamaha RX-Z9. I got the Yamaha a couple years ago and now I need to upgrade since it has no HDMI switching capability.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2006 #63 of 102
    alee

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    How is the RAID performance when in degraded mode (volume rebuilding)?
     
  4. Oct 18, 2006 #64 of 102
    lightrunner

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    Have not tried that yet. Will do it this weekend. I will just pull one of the drives and let the hot spare take over. I will report as soon as I am finished.
     
  5. Oct 18, 2006 #65 of 102
    greg_burns

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    I was lucky and was able to borrow those snips from work. I also used a dremel tool to buff down the sharp edges. I made sure I taped up the holes before starting. Nothing will fry the box faster than little metal shavings lying on the mobo. :eek:

    I think c3 was right though, I should have at least waited the 30 days for the warranty to be up. :p
     
  6. Oct 18, 2006 #66 of 102
    FlippedBit

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    Mountain...
    Might I suggest a pair of nibblers instead.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2006 #67 of 102
    ashu

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    Excellent idea!

    But aren't they a wee bit difficult to control and tame?

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Oct 18, 2006 #68 of 102
    Bai Shen

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    I'm curious how the Siig works. I saw a similiar one at CompUSA for sale, but I was worried about the heat. My hard drives get really hot.
     
  9. Oct 18, 2006 #69 of 102
    greg_burns

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    Which drives do you have? The WD 500s?
     
  10. Oct 18, 2006 #70 of 102
    greg_burns

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    Got any pictures? I think I flunked shop.
     
  11. Oct 18, 2006 #71 of 102
    Bai Shen

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    Nope. Couple 250s(WD, Maxtor, and Seagate IIRC) and a WD 80. Got a 750 in my myth box, but I haven't checked the temps on it. I'll do that when I put some more memory in it this wknd.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2006 #72 of 102
    slocko

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  13. Oct 18, 2006 #73 of 102
    greg_burns

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    FYI: the hole is still just a hair not wide enough for the head my Sata cable. I may have to snip out down to the next one and make a really big square hole or go at it with the dremel. :(
     
  14. Oct 18, 2006 #74 of 102
    c3

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    Have you tried the iSATA end of the cable? For the cable in front of me, it's a bit smaller than the eSATA end.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2006 #75 of 102
    MichaelK

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    do they sell the cable and connectors separatly anyplace?

    I looked on google but didn't see any...
     
  16. Oct 18, 2006 #76 of 102
    greg_burns

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    You mean like http://www.satacables.com/. I bought mine there. There is also a http://www.satacable.com/ w/o the "s". Not sure about them.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2006 #77 of 102
    greg_burns

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    Tried both ways. Also looked at some other non eSata cables I had just for comparision. They are all too tight/thick as well.

    Measure twice, cut once they always say. :rolleyes: :p
     
  18. Oct 19, 2006 #78 of 102
    Bai Shen

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    Will the eSATA port unplug from the board? Can you convert your cable to use it?
     
  19. Oct 19, 2006 #79 of 102
    greg_burns

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    The eSATA port on the S3? No. IIR, it is pretty tightly integrated into the mobo. Funny that none of Megazone's excellent pictures show it. :(
     
  20. Oct 19, 2006 #80 of 102
    Bai Shen

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    It was a thought. :)
     

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