Is it worth buying an upgraded TiVo HD (larger drive)? Any concerns?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by michman, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. michman

    michman New Member

    Jan 26, 2008


    Perhaps your right about the loud drive. How did you like the Seagate while you were using it? Would you have considered a different drive? I'm just looking to narrow down my options.
  2. stream

    stream New Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    I have a 500GB DB35 in my THD and it's very quiet.
  3. Moebius

    Moebius Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    Not there...
    I'll add another nod to the DB35 series being quiet. I upgraded both of my S2s using DB35 drives in the past year and they're virtually silent. In fact, the first time I booted back up with the drive in I thought I had failed to connect the power supply as I couldn't hear it spinning up.

    I'm hoping by the time I get ready to upgrade the HD coming today that Seagate will have the 1tb DB35s in play.
  4. Shawn95GT

    Shawn95GT Tivo, in HD!

    Oct 7, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Don't forget to compare the price of the 'My DVR Expander' + THD vs an upgraded THD.

    I was looking into upgrades for my S3 and going eSATA was a LOT cheaper. You wouldn't think so, but it worked out that way.

    For the THD the only supported eSATA that'll work without hacks is the 500 Gig 'My DVR Expander' from Western Digital. For $200 it isn't a bad deal. I'm happy with mine on my THD.

    For the heck of it...
    70hr THD - $579
    107hr THD - $779/$749 after rebate

    THD + DVR Expander (86hr) - $499 (or less if you can beat $299 for a THD)

    All 'hour' rating are the HD recording time estimates.
  5. turbovr6

    turbovr6 New Member

    Sep 1, 2004


    If you are willing to pay more than you can go to weeknees and buy an upgraded Tivo HD. I purchased one last year from them with a 1TB hard drive and it has been flawless. I am purchasing another here within a week or two.
  6. sloan

    sloan New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Raleigh, NC
    I bought a new sata drive, 500GB for about $115 I think.

    I got the uber-universal cable from for about $18.

    And used that program (prevoiusly mentioned).

    You have to open the TivoHD, but you don't have to open your computer with that uber-duper cable.

    Save your money.

    If you can unscrew a screw, and follow some instructions, then you can do it.

    If you are only backing up your current drive, and restoring to a new drive, you can't really screw yourself as far as having a non working Tivo.
    (If it doesn't work, put the old drive back in).

    It took me <1 hour of work time, and I could probably do it with about 20 minutes of work time if I had to do it again.
    (WorkTime = Not Counting the time the drive is actually backing up, where you can do something else for a tidbit).

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