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Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by jerobi, Dec 8, 2007.
Ok, I missed that about 20 pcs, still a lot per drive for only 300gb IMO.
You do get that these aren't intended for home PCs?
(In fact, it's the rare home pc that even has an Ultra SCSI 2 interface.)
These drives are intended for corporate servers, server farms, and Storage Area Networks.
Big businesses use these drives for systems that need to be up and reliable in situations where downtime can cost you thousands of dollars a minute.
Putting this drive in a standard desktop pc or TiVo is like putting racing car tires on the Family Truckster.
I just got this drive from PCConnections for 104 shipped!
Those are server based drives, not for this types of application (video streaming). The premium is for the 15krpm and the advanced error correction coding needed to applications of this type of drive (Server farms for banks, etc)
i did too... I thought maybe it made coffee in the morning or kept the server guys from being lonely...
Big recent drop! Now the 500GB Seagate DB35 DVR Series Hard Drive is only $87 + $10 shipping = only $97 shipped.
I have had two of these running in my TiVo boxes (one since November 2007) and they're still quiet and worry free.
Every drive is worry free the day before it goes bad...
Speaking of which I think my drive is taking a dive on me. Now to decide where to buy.
If you want a truly quiet drive, I would not recommend these drives. I purchased one, and it was not remotely quiet. I could hear it clearly from across the room and was louder than the Seagate 400GB drive it was replacing. I tried RMAing it 5 times, because I thought I just had bad units, but they were all the same loudness. I ended up selling it and just this week bought a Western Digital 500GB AV drive (WD5000AVJB). Same concept as the DB35, except Western Digital incorporates acoustic management, and the drive is considerably quieter (and runs cooler) than the Seagate drive. I'd highly recommend it over the DB35.
I'm going to replace the stock W/D in my series 3 and I'm truly grateful for the advice. I have replaced the Hard drive in my iMac with a 7200.11 Seagate Barracuda and although it performs very well, the acoustics leave something to be desired. I think all Seagate drives are noisy based upon what I know and what you're saying. Thanks for saving me the trouble... I'll just do a W/D to begin with.
Where did you pick up your WD drive and for how much? The Seagate DB35 I have which is brand new just started making a high pitched noise.
For what it's worth, these drives (WD5000AVJB) are still available... I just picked up one for my Humax DRT400. I had upgraded to a 300GB (about 5 yrs ago?). Recently moved the unit into the bedroom and it was too loud. So, thought I'd switch to a larger and quieter drive.
I ordered from Newegg on Saturday ($84.99) with normal shipping. It was on my doorstep this morning. Sweet!