1TB WD Green SATA hdd 259.00 @ Best Buy

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

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    The discussion was about the WD 1TB OEM HDD: Model # WD10EACS-00ZJB0 being different than the WD 1TB Retail HDD: Model # WD10EACS-32ZJB0. Both drives became available last August. The later drive worked as an upgrade for both TiVo HD's and Series3's (I have one in our Series3), the former only worked in TiVo HD's due to soft reboot failures in the Series3's. Both can be used as eSATA drives for both TiVo models.

    The newer Western Digital AV GP 1TB DVR dedicated drives have been used to upgrade both the TiVo HD and Series3 models successfully. That's why they are recommended.

    The recommended drive is not the one the OP was talking about.

    What is confusing is why you would jump into a thread and make statements like that without knowing what you were talking about.

    Nuff said. ;)
     
  2. lessd

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    I have one of the WD green drives I got at Best Buy at the original price (and when they first came out) of $259 and it works in all modes in the TiVo-HD.
     
  3. ilh

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    I just installed a WD10EACS-00ZJB0 in a TiVo HD the other night, and the first 24 hours were OK. This morning upon turning on the TV it was frozen solid in the middle of Live TV. After a power cycle it froze up and spontaneously rebooted itself within 30 minutes. I'm now running Kickstart 57, and if that doesn't fix the problem this drive is definitely coming out of my THD. Bummer.

    I would say this drive is not a safe bet for the THD. My WD10EACS was built 2/20/08.

    --Lee
     
  4. rodbac

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    Hey, fair enough- I'll read further back before commenting next time to make sure I'm clear about exactly which drives you're talking about.
     
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    No problem...I'm easily confused as it is anyway. ;)
     
  6. jlib

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    Technically you are correct but the reality is that many of the early cables are not to spec. Users have had to cut away the insulation to allow the connector to seat further in. There are some known good brands of cables that work with the S3 and HD. Whether vendors should call them eSATA II is a separate issue. Basically, others have tested certain cables and they are known good. Buying anything else may or may not work and is a crapshoot.
     
  7. brettatk

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    Strange, I've had the WD10EACS-00ZJB0 drive installed in my Tivo HD since early December and have not had any trouble with it. Perhaps you just got a bad drive.
     
  8. ilh

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    It turns out my problem is early drive failure, not some TiVo incompatibility. I thoroughly tested the drive in my PC using WD's diagnostics before TiVo installation, so I thought that was unlikely. However, after pulling the drive from the TiVo, it now fails the quick SMART test. I'm going to RMA it through WD and give the WD10EACS another try.

    --Lee
     
  9. aaronwt

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    At least the WD RMA process is painless. I had to get two drives replaced a year or two ago. I was able to print out a reduced cost shipping label from the WD website and the replacements have been working fine ever since.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2008 #910 of 932
    kpfleming

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    I can confirm after installing two WD10EACS-00D6B1 drives (OEM from newegg) into my S3s (running the 11.0 software) that the soft reboot problem still exists. They work fine otherwise, although I do not have a PC with an SATA port at my disposal so I couldn't set the AAM down to 128, but they are pretty quiet anyway (and much quieter than the 300GB Barracuda 7200.9 I had temporarily installed into one of them when the factory drive started failing).

    I'll let my friends know I have some 1TB drives available and swap them out with S3-friendly models when I get a chance... I can live with the soft reboot problem for now.
     
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    richsadams

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    Thanks very much for the update and the added data point. That's disappointing to hear, but good to know. :up:
     
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    aaronwt

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    I can't believe how much the price of these drives have dropped.
     
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    jlib

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    Dr_Diablo, try this more appropriate thread
     
  15. Dec 8, 2008 #915 of 932
    richsadams

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    Waaaayyyyy too expensive! (Plus one doesn't work with TiVo at all.)

    This newer Fantom GreenDrive 1TB has recently been reported as successful by several members. It uses a WD GP drive and at $89.99 is a very good deal.

    As jlib points out, a visit to the Official eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion sticky thread will give you all the info you need.

    Happy expanding!
     
  16. Ben_Jamin75

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    Does anyone know if the hard drive inside this enclosure would work as an internal drive on a TiVo HD?

    So far this is looking like the best deal for a 1 TB drive.
     
  17. richsadams

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    IIRC someone checked and found a WD10EACS drive inside the Fantom enclosure...and if I'm not remembering correctly, it's almost certain that it is. Only recently has anyone else begun offering "green" drives. So it should work, however on another post they said that there are "tamper proof" stickers on the enclosure that if damaged would void the warranty so not worth it IMO.

    I'd spend another ten bucks and get one from buy.com w/free shipping. That way you know what you're getting, can return it if necessary and get the WD warranty. :up:
     
  18. Ben_Jamin75

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    Thanks Rich!!!

    I ordered the one you recommended and with the coupon i found, it was $95.94 with free shipping/handling. It's the "budget" 7-9 day shipping but I can wait.

    MUCH better price than the $166.86 I paid for a drive January 2008
     
  19. richsadams

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    Nice find. Enjoy! :)
     
  20. Feb 1, 2009 #920 of 932
    GreenMonkey

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    Since this seems to be the main discussion thread for WD greenpower drives.

    My TivoHD got stuck in a reboot loop and I chose to try a HDD replacement rathre than sending it for service.

    Since we had a superbowl gathering planned and the Tivo is our only device with an HD tuner (1 tuner-less projector and 1 tuner-less 37" LCD) and I don't have time to work on it during the week, I ran out to BB.

    I found a Simpletech external super-green [re]drive on clearance for $76 in it that the description suggested it probably had a WD GP drive in it. Called a buddy for a quick google search and found out, yup.

    Disassembled and found a 500GB WD5000AAVS in it (8MB cache OEM only edition, not well documented).

    Long story short, instantcake worked fine and the Tivo is up and running on the WD50000AAVS just fine so far. (getting the Tivo to update to the latest software now).

    Just figured I'd mention it in case anyone else ended up with an -AAVS drive.

    BTW: I've run another 500GB GP drive in my media server for about 9 months now, no problems.
     

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