Originally Posted by buscuitboy
I need to replace a drive in my (lieftime) Series 3 (OLED). I have a WinMFS image I have used in the past & works great so I am now looking to get it a new hard drive (& then put the image on it). Are these pretty much the best ones to go with:
Also, I actually have a spare TiVO HD (TCD652160, not lifetimed) that isn't being used. Can I possibly use this same S3 (OLED) image on the 160GB hard drive? Or does the replacement drive HAVE to be at least 250GB for a Series 3 (OLED)? I thought I remember reading something about this here a while back, but maybe not.
I realize its a lot smaller in terms of capacity, but this Series 3 (OLED) in question is basically being used as a cable box in a lightly used basement rec area and not much is recorded to it anyway. Therefore, maybe I can just recycle the old Series 3 HD (TCD652160) drive instead. Just curious.
Yes, the 250 image has to be restored to a drive with at least as high an LBA number as the original.
I say it that way because some of the S2s used Maxtor drives that were a shade bigger than other brands for the same GB number, and so you couldn't do an image from say the 40GB Maxtor and restore it to a 40GB WD or Seagate.
The only drive on that list that I've actually used is the WD20EURS and it's working fine in a 648 and a couple of 652s and I got a better GB/$ ratio than I would have on any smaller drive, got a 3 year warranty, and it runs cool and quiet.
Better to have too much recording space (internal, preventing the need for the problematic external expanders) than not enough.