1TB WD Green SATA hdd 259.00 @ Best Buy

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by cr33p, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. TiVo Bob W

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    Yes, it appears to be the power supply. I have started a new thread with the hopes of finding a replacement without have to send the unit off to TiVo.

    Our power was out for a few hours during the "massive power failure". Just a little longer than our UPS could keep the S3 running.

    Sorry for bringing this thread OT :D. Now, back to the hard drive thread . . .

    Bob
     
  2. richsadams

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    Glad to hear that the power is back on! Sorry to hear that the power supply is not doing its job though. It's unusual that the PS in a newer unit like yours would fail. The most common point of failure are the electrolytic caps (the little upside down cans on the PS board) which can degrade. AFAIK no one is selling after market power supplies for the Series3 or TiVo HD's yet. You might want to check with weaknees.com. They don't list them, but might be able to help. You can also e-mail them: tivo@weaknees.com. Otherwise I think it's back to the factory for a replacement.

    Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
     
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    lessd

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    This drive worked great until the date on the drive went to Jan 2008 than it would not boot on a TiVo-HD (652160), the drives dated Dec 2007 and earlier worked great but two out of two dated Jan 2008 did not work. If anybody gets any of these drives with 2008 dates on them to work in a TiVo-HD I would like to know. I tested the drives in three different TiVo-HD units with the same results (some would boot once but not a second time). I am using WinMFS V8 to image the drives. (Newegg took them back without a re-stocking charge)
     
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    aaronwt

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    It figures. I bought one a couple of weeks ago on sale for $140 and then last week I bought 3 more at $160. All for my HP MediaSmart server. If I would have waited one week I could have saved $60.
    Definitely a much lower cost per GB then the 1TB version.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2008 #866 of 932
    aaronwt

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    Well I was going to get another one since they are $140 but I guess i'll just use the 750GB I bought last year(Not the green version) to put in this TiVoHD I just bought for my girlfriend. At least I only got charged $100 total to switch two Lifetime boxes to the new TiVoHD and an old Series 3 I have.
     
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    buddhawood

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    How did you get them to transfer for only $100?
     
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    aaronwt

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    For the first one they actually charged me nothing but then dropped the service to the Lifetime tiVo with one tuner(instead of giving it one year of service) and I needed to keep that one in service. So they charged me $100 since they made a mistake. On the second one they did the same thing again and didn't charge me, only with that Lifetime TiVo with one Tuner I didn't need to keep it activated. I guess I got lucky.
     
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    chrispitude

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    And for those Series 3 owners out there (like me!), the 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 drive is now on sale for $140 shipped at the 'Egg:

    Samsung Spinpoint F1 at the 'Egg

    It's a fast, virtually silent drive. It runs a couple watts higher than the WD GP, but it's a 7200rpm drive (versus the GP's 5400pm) and has very good performance. My first choice for the S3 would have been a GP, but in practice this is likely just as good (and perhaps a bit snappier under heavy drive activity).

    Credit goes to Fatwallet (this thread).

    - Chris
     
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    aaronwt

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    I've never seen any performance difference in the HD TiVos when using a 5400rpm or 7200rpm drive. They would perform identically. The few HD streams that the TiVo uses doesn't come anywhere close to taxing a 5400 rpm drive.
    Although I have noticed a difference when switching between the AM settings.
     
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    RichB

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    Can you elaborate?
    I have set AAM to 128 on my WD 1TB drives, is that likely to be a performance issue?

    - Rich
     
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    lrhorer

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    No, no. I heard about one once. They were a kind of coaster for coffee cups used by programmers who spent far too much time staring at something called a BRT. Or maybe it was a DRT? I don't know, something like that.
     
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    lrhorer

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    You mentimed 1TB drives, so this may not be an issue for you, but beware the Hitachi Deskstar 500G drives. I have an otherwise perfectly functional Hitachi Deskstar 500G drive and the TiVo HD will not boot with it. No way, no how.
     
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    aaronwt

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    That is the setting I have my drives on. The performance is fine I just remember when the AM setting is off, which you wouldn't want in a TiVo, there seemed to be a difference when doing the 30 second skip or fast forwarding. If I remember correctly. Either way it was only a very minor difference.
     
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    bmgoodman

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    On the "soft reboot" problem when using a WD green drive as an internal replacement, WD doesn't want to be involved:

    Thank you for contacting Western Digital Customer Service and Support.

    I'm sorry but there is nothing that we can do. All drive replacements for a TiVO are authorized by TiVO and tested to ensure that they work. If you are replacing it with a drive that hasn't been tested or approved by them, then it most likely will not work.


    So I guess I'll be looking to do business with one of their competitors.
     
  17. Mar 7, 2008 #877 of 932
    richsadams

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    According to brewman on this post, the new DVR dedicated WD10EVCS AV-GP 1TB hard drive works w/o any problems in the Series3. It's no longer on sale at Fry's, but $269.99 is still a fair price.
     
  18. tonejones

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    After browsing this thread a bit it looks like the WD10EACS should work fine as an internal drive for the TivoHD (not Tivo Series 3) regardless of which type they end up shipping.

    Buy.com looks to have a fantastic sale on the EACS today. Search for the WD10EACS and you'll see two drives. The one that comes with "Full Feature Backup Software" is only $189.99 with free budget shipping. Might be OEM but, from what i've gathered, it should still work with a TivoHD. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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  20. richsadams

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    Welcome to the forum! :up:

    You are correct, Western Digital's WD10EACS will indeed work as an internal hard drive upgrade for TiVo HD's (however as noted, not with Series3's which need the the new DVR dedicated WD10EVCS AV-GP for internal upgrades).

    dtphonehome, $189 is a very good price for sure and AFAIK the lowest we've seen it yet. It will certainly make some of us wince a little as we paid a bit more...$259 in my case but I know there are others here that paid full boat, $350+ :eek: when they were introduced back in August or so.

    BTW, ours has been flawless since day one. :)

    Enjoy the new space!
     

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