Best HDD for A Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Haggis440, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Haggis440

    Haggis440 New Member

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    Hi All,

    Whats the best make of HDD to use for a tivo?

    Looking at mayby a 160gb D-I-Y HDD upgrade.

    Haggis
     
  2. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

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    WD Green SATA.
     
  3. Haggis440

    Haggis440 New Member

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    Mabey I should also ask what hdd's should I avoid
     
  4. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    If you did get a SATA drive dont forget Tivo has IDE drives and thus a converter of sorts would be needed.

    For such a small size drive by todays standards you may find it easiest to get a drive with the Tivo o/s ready loaded - of course, no way to transfer your recordings unless the vendor offers that service also.

    You could look at

    http://www.tivocentral.co.uk/

    or

    http://www.tivoheaven.co.uk

    Both vendors have a good track record in the UK.

    Also their sites may give a clue to a known suitable drive should you wish to DIY.

    Automan.
     
  5. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Currently the best and quietest drives for tivo use:

    Western Digital "green power" SATA drives,
    Samsung "green" SATA drives

    These are both 5400rpm drives, and work fine on tivos with a SATA-IDE convertor.

    The only drives to avoid are the recent Western Digital IDE/PATA drives,
    as the tivo is incompatible with the firmware on those drives
    - the tivo won't boot, or "see the drive" if you try using one.
     
  6. romanpj

    romanpj New Member

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    See:-

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article951-page1.html

    Seems to tick all the boxes - quiet, low power, good warranty. I've just splashed out on one which cost me less then £40. Can't see the point in messing around with a 160GB at the current prices.
     
  7. tartan_haggis

    tartan_haggis MacTiVo

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    I got 4 Samsung 1Tb drives for around £50 each from Savastore. Just waiting for the SATA-IDE adapters to arrive ...
     
  8. tonywalk

    tonywalk New Member

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    Let us know which adaptors you ordered and where from (pics if poss) and if they work or not.
     
  9. tonywalk

    tonywalk New Member

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    A further possible option is a 2.5" drive if you want extra cool and quiet. Not sure how well suited they' be to the always-on running of a Tivo. £56 for a 500gb 2.5" Samsung M7 from Dabs with free delivery at mo. (I've got two on the way for other purposes).
     
  10. Haggis440

    Haggis440 New Member

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    There is one thing I am confused about. I thought I read somewhere about a limit to the size of the drive you could use. and 1Tb would be well over that.

    Can someone clarify the issue for me.

    And....

    Am I right in thinking that I could get a 500Gb drive and add it to my single 40Gb (with a little computer work) to give me lots of free space?
     
  11. healeydave

    healeydave from tivoland.com

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    I wouldn't recommend adding a new drive to the old 40Gb.

    Unless you need 1TB of space, whilst its still easy enough to get IDE drives, I wouldn't bother getting a SATA and converter, a 500Gb IDE can be picked up still for a reasonable price (just avoid Western Digital).
     
  12. DX30

    DX30 New Member

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    ISTR there was an issue with older versions of MFSTools that limited the size of partition you could create, but that was a limit of the tools rather than the TiVo. With the latest tools you can upgrade to at least 1TB.

    The other limit you might be thinking of was the TiVo kernel needs updating if you go bigger than ~136GB, but the tools take care of that.

    Unless you want to preserve old recordings etc the easiest thing might be to buy a pre-configured drive. It costs a little more but makes the whole process a lot easier, you just swap drives.
     
  13. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    Samsung 1.5TB EcoGreen drives are now available for £69.99 from Ebuyer

    See www.hotukdeals.com/item/498485/samsung-ecogreen-f2-1-5tb-hard-driv

    Around 525 hours recording time at Best.

    Does Mike think a Tivo should still be able to handle a 1.5TB drive in formatting and access terms? I know the Now Playing menus will run a little slower, even with a Cachecard and 512MB of RAM.
     
  14. cleudo

    cleudo New Member

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    bump - my original dual drive TiVo has started making a noise like a circular saw - looks like both the drives will shortly be heading for the bin.

    Any updates on the best drive to go for? Not worried about transferring recordings, ok with setting up the various mods, + would like something very power efficient and at least 500GB.

    Tempted by 2.5" if the power consumption was markedly better than one of the 'green' 3.5" drives.

    Also, any thoughts on brands / suppliers of sata-ide converters?
     
  15. Pete77

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