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Old 10-19-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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3T HDD upgrade

Is this still the recommended 3T drive for the Plus? (Most of the thread discussions about this are pretty old) -

Western Digital 3 TB WD AV-GP SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM AV Hard Drive WD30EURX

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...dp/B00DXFEQGI/

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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pretty much a good choice, yep

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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$118 (incl tax) thru Amazon, $99 thru Marketplace (Parts Bonanza - uses Amazon returns). Worth the extra money to buy direct from Amazon?

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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The EZRX series is just as good and newer than the EURX series and way cheaper.

Plus any EURS/EARS/EURX drive will be many months or even many years old either from sitting on a shelf, or being extracted out of external drives or other boxes for resale.

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:04 PM   #5
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Thanks foghorn. Are you referring to this one -

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita.../dp/B004RORMF6

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX

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Thanks foghorn. Are you referring to this one -

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita.../dp/B004RORMF6

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX
Yes and don't let the Amazon picture fool you. It looks identical to the AV-GP series, not like a cheap Hitachi like the picture.

I got mine in a retail box kit from Fry's last week for just $78

http://www.frys.com/product/7725758

Newegg was selling the bare drive for $84.99

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:23 PM   #7
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The EZRX series is just as good and newer than the EURX series and way cheaper.

Plus any EURS/EARS/EURX drive will be many months or even many years old either from sitting on a shelf, or being extracted out of external drives or other boxes for resale.
Please don't spread wrong information. The EZRX series is not newer than the EURX series just because Z comes after U. The EURX series is their AV series while the EZRX series is their standard desktop series. I believe the WD30EZRX was available first in 2011 and the WD30EURX in 2013 which would make the EURX newer.

Personally although many many people have used the general desktop drives in their TiVo's I've preferred to stick with the AV series since that's what TiVo has generally used. You also get an extra year warranty (3 years versus 2 years) which hopefully you won't have to worry about.

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Thanks Scott, thought I remembered seeing something about avoiding desktop drives.

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Old 10-21-2015, 06:49 AM   #9
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Thanks Scott, thought I remembered seeing something about avoiding desktop drives.
As I mentioned, lots of people have used the desktop series without any apparent problems so not sure if avoid is really a fair statement. Sticking with the AV series is just my preference.

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Old 10-21-2015, 11:38 AM   #10
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Tivo does not even use the AV feature of the drive.
The AV is marketed as 24/7, but I'm sure the EZ will do just fine.
Hard drive longevity are hit and miss, regardless of the price, marketing and warranty.
The AV series uses slightly less power than the EZ.
The WD-30EZRX series power profile is still better than the 500GB Seagate drives Tivo included in some Basics.
The EZRX series sold today from a reputable seller will yield a new stock than any AV-GP drives out there.
The replacements to the AV-GP is the Reds which would be the better choice if you want a premium drive in your Tivo.

The WD-40 stinks and I'd rather use this:


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