Have you done an internal drive upgrade?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by MirclMax, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Not vey long if it's only 100MB(I have no recordings under 1GB). Although WinMFS is the easiest thing to use.
     
  2. moonscape

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  3. alyssa

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    It took a little under 2 hours to transfer just about 250GB to a 750GB drive via SATA ports on my motherboard.
     
  4. jlib

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    There does not seem to be anything particularly wrong with your command line although I usually see SATA drives show up as sd rather than hd but that would not be a problem as long as they are the drives in question as they obviously must be since you completed the transfer. Also, no need for the less efficient large -r setting any more but again that would not cause your problem.

    I used essentially that very same command this weekend and all my recordings got piped over fine. It would be interesting to see if the "empty " recordings have any size to them by copying over one of them to a PC via TiVo Desktop. This is a baffling problem.
     
  5. virgil1

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    Just purchased WD7500AACS from Amazon. Expect it Wednesday. Will be upgradeding Tivo HD. Will post my results.
     
  6. gshatto

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    Their is a issue that Weak Knees has pointed out which I have. When ever you reboot the Tivo and use the External Hard Drive Port to add another drive it will hang up and not complete reboot.

    Their is a problem when TIVO sends Service Updates and require reboot of TIVO or if you reset TIVO yourself or thier is a power outage, anything requiring a reboot of the system. At least every 2 months or so I will turn the T.V. on and the screen indicating TIVO is starting up will display.

    It will be stuck in this state unless you first turn off the external drive and unplug tivo. Leave both powered down for 10 sec's. Power up external drive first and then TIVO unit. At that point you will be able to reboot successfully.
     
  7. virgil1

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    changed my order to WD7500AAKS. A little bit more $$, but I know it will work.
     
  9. richsadams

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    Interesting. Service upgrades can periodically cause reboot hangs even for those using the approved WD My DVR Expander. As you suggest, the fix is almost always a reboot of the eSATA drive and TiVo.

    The configuration outlined (TiVo HD or Series3 with an expansion drive) is very common and normally shouldn't experience any problems during hard or soft reboots including service upgrades (with the exception mentioned) unless the eSATA drive enclosure does not have a hard on/off switch as outlined in the Official eSATA Drive Expansion in 9.2: FAQ + Discussion. In other words the eSATA drive must be able to turn itself back on during a reboot or a power failure. (To avoid issues like this as well as data corruption a UPS like this or better is highly recommended.)

    That said, I don't recall others reporting the use of the Toshiba 1 TB hard drive internally or as an expansion drive. They are not listed on the recommended drive list (Section III, #27), so AFAIK you're the first to report an issue.

    More often than not the problem you're seeing is caused by a loose or faulty eSATA cable (inexpensive replacement cables are listed in the FAQ), a problematic enclosure and now and then a failing eSATA hard drive.

    Can you fill us in on a couple of things? Do you have a TiVo Series3 or TiVo HD? Can you give us the exact model number of your eSATA drive, enclosure type/brand, and which eSATA cable you're using? TIA.
     
  10. jlib

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    Note that the WD Blue drive is much louder than the WD Green drive so it is very important to attenuate the seek noise on that model before you install it. Hitachi Feature Tool will work to that end. It should then work fine for you.
     
  11. joestan

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    I have used samsung drives in tivos ,pcs and macs. The spinpoint drives are quiet and reliable.
     
  12. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Who handles the warranty service if a Samsung drive breaks?
     
  13. AdmiralTivo

    AdmiralTivo You talkin' to me?

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    1. Seagate DB35
    2. 500 GB
    3. 70 / 633
    4. Series3
    5. Quiet.

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
     
  14. richsadams

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    That's what we had in an Antec MX-1 eSATA drive before I upgraded the internal in our Series3. Great drive...now residing in one of our PC's. The downside is that I can't tell if it's working or not unless I look at the drive light. It's almost too quiet. :rolleyes:
     
  15. virgil1

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    Thanks for the tip. Will make sure I use that tool to "Change the drive automatic acoustic management settings". Guessing it's pretty easy to do. Create the bootable CD, plug the drive in, boot from CD, adjust? Anyone have any other suggestions before I start the install(drive arrives tomorrow). Goal is limited down time for Tivo (1/2 hour?). I plan on deleting as much as I possibly can before I start. I don't have to go through guided setup again if I do the 'mfscopy' using winmfs (http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/quickstart.htm), right? I was concerned my cable cards might not work again or something.
     
  16. danmcd

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    I will either use the mfslive bootable CD (keeps my programs, right?) or instantcake (worked great on my old SAT-T60) to format a 1TB for a replacement drive on my TiVoHD.

    I know about the WD "Green" drive not working with TiVoHD. I've also heard mumblings about drive noise. What 1TB disk would you all recommend for a clean out-of-the-box experience?

    Thanks!
    Dan McD.
     
  17. greg_burns

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    You can use mfslive bootable CD, or simpler yet is WinMFS from www.mfslive.org

    WD "Green" drives works fine on TivoHD and are recommended. It was that specific one that doesn't work with the original S3.
     
  18. DougJohnson

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    I will second the recommendation for WinMFS.
    -- Doug
     
  19. Donni

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    1. Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVCS
    2. 1 TB (internal) + 1TB (external with Antec MX-1)
    3. 292 HD / 2777 SD hours (SS)
    4. No need (checked with Hitachi Feature Tools, it’s the most quiet)
    5. Series 3
    6. Quiet and cooler than original S3 drive
     
  20. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. :up: And woo hoo! Nice work. :)
     

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