DRT 800 Hard Drive Upgrade

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by Kenx2, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Kenx2

    Kenx2 New Member

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    Hi:

    If I were to change the hard drive to a larger one, is there a way that I can copy the current drive to the new drive?

    I know no Linux. I am handy with computers and electronics. I bought kits adding second drives to my other Tivos. I know about about the need for the drive to be "Blessed" and how easy it is supposed to be with Instant Cake. I have the ability to copy drives with my PC.

    What I am asking is can I copy the contents of my drive to a new bigger one, maintaining what is recorded and the settings?

    Thanks,
    Ken
     
  2. cdeckert219

    cdeckert219 technogeek

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    Yes, you can copy the existing drive while keeping the settings and recorded programs to a new drive. I'd recommend WinMFS (http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/). It runs under MS Windows and is VERY easy to use.
     
  3. May 2, 2008 #3 of 11
    Kenx2

    Kenx2 New Member

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    Thanks! I will give it a try. Is there a maximum drive size that can be installed in the DRT 800?
     
  4. May 3, 2008 #4 of 11
    dkenglish7

    dkenglish7 New Member

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    I have a 250GB Seagate drive in my 800 that works fine. Some have reported that the machine seems slower with a very large drive and lots of recordings, but the recent 9.3 software update helped that a lot.
     
  5. cdeckert219

    cdeckert219 technogeek

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    I have a 300GB in mine and it works fine. 750 is the largest PATA drive I've seen available...that size works, also. The one thing to think about is noise. Many drives are pretty loud.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2008 #6 of 11
    Alessan

    Alessan New Member

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    I have a 500 gig in mine.
    I was thinking of adding in a second drive so two 500 gig drives.
     
  7. werdna9

    werdna9 New Member

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    I dont think you can add a second HDD because the DVD is using that spot
     
  8. sledhed

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    I have been concerned about the "loud" factor too... I found quite a few retailers online offering DB35 PATA / EIDE drives. When I tried to put in a regular Seagate retail 500GB PATA drive, it hummed too loudly and made the whole entertainment center hum. I put the original drive back and lived with the lower capacity, and put the 500GB into my desktop and that has been fine ever since... so noise is a definite factor to consider. Buy dot com has some db35 drives for reasonably close to a regular drive price, as do a couple other companies. That is what I plan on buying, pretty soon...
     
  9. skywise

    skywise New Member

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    How about a nice big SATA drive and one of those SATA to PATA adapters? Then we can have a nice new drive (get a 35db one) and take advantage of the lower cost of SATA.
    (My drive is showing read issues, time to get it out of there)
    I'm almost tempted to try and put a TB drive in it, but that might be a bit greedy :)

    Sky
     
  10. skywise

    skywise New Member

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    I couldn't help the greed. <grin>
    I've ordered a 1TB Seagate drive ncix and a pair of SATA/PATA converters from ebay (one MB version and a drive version)
    I'll let everyone know how it goes once it arrives.
     
  11. cdeckert219

    cdeckert219 technogeek

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    Any luck?
     

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