I've searched around the forums for these answers but haven't found anything 100% definite, so I figured I'd ask briefly here.
I have a stock 40hr Series 2 TiVo-branded machine (I believe it is the 240040 or 4A) and the drive is most likely failing (heavy pixelization, freezes, out of synch sound/video). I'd like to use this opportunity to increase the main storage capacity with a single, larger HD.
First, is there technically a size/power/etc limit for these older machines for hard drives? I don't want to have to add extra cooling or modifications to my TiVo. Should I keep the size under 250GB? With HD prices being so cheap, spending an extra $10 for another 100 GB is reasonable.
Second, are there special things I should look for in a new HD besides speed (7200 rpm) and quiet operation? I was thinking of a 320GB drive currently on special at Newegg (16mb cache, 7200 rpm, etc..)
I'm very PC/hardware literate, so I'm not worried about excessive tinkering, but I don't want to have to go to extreme measures to toss in a large drive. I was originally planning to put in a 120G drive, since that was always supported, to save any hassles. Now, I have decided to go with a larger drive due to cheap prices...