My DVR Expander - Anyone's shipped yet?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by b0rg, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. mwwilliams10

    mwwilliams10 New Member

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    Here's an odd question: my expander comes today (yippee!). I have a SIIG eSATA cable - should I use this instead of the one that comes with the expander or was that only an issue for people who used the cables that came with the MX-1?
     
  2. richsadams

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    The SIIG eSATA cables proved to be as good or better than the OEM cables that came with various drives...and were recommended for drives that didn't come with a cable at all.

    IMO you could use your SIIG eSATA cable with complete peace of mind. But, if you don't mind being a guinea pig it would be good to determine the quality of the WD supplied eSATA cables. ;)
     
  3. mwwilliams10

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    Just got my expander delivered by UPS. I have to say, Tivo did the WORST packing job I've ever seen (four of the six sides of the drive's package were in direct contact with the outside of the box without any padding). It's a 50/50 shot as to whether the drive was damaged.
     
  4. theguru1974

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    Currently sold out at the Tivo store.

    Eric
     
  5. richsadams

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    It appears as if TiVo was caught with their pants down on this one! :eek: Not sure if we should blame them or WD but I suspect that TiVo rushed everything based on their announcement that the eSATA feature was available and one or both companies obviously didn't properly forecast the demand. :(
     
  6. singletb

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    Really? Mine came in an absurdley huge box.
     
  7. bkdtv

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    The cable supplied with the Western Digital My DVR Expander works, but it doesn't fit as "snugly" as the SIIG, so it is more prone to come lose if you are reaching around (or moving) your equipment.
     
  8. CharlesH

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    Anybody notice that the list of "Compatible DVRs" for the MyDVR expander includes (along with the Tivo) the Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 8300 series?
     
  9. CharlesH

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    Yes, but for me the box containing the drive was sitting at the bottom corner of the huge box with the "air bags" tossed on top and around it. No real protection from the outer box being vibrated (like on a truck)
     
  10. richsadams

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    Until the drive is powered up the read/write heads are usually in a locked position away from the platters so there shouldn't be too much to worry about. But it's sure annoying when things are packed by amateurs. :mad:
     
  11. mwwilliams10

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    Good to know it wasn't just me :rolleyes:
     
  12. George Cifranci

    George Cifranci TiVo Bolt 500GB - TE4 UI

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    Not surprising. SA probably doesn't have any sort of officially sanctioned drives like Tivo does. I know Weaknees has been selling Maxtor Quickview sSata drives for almost a year now.

    http://www.weaknees.com/maxtor-quickview-expander-qvx.php
     
  13. CharlesH

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    I think 9.2 was rushed out to fix critical problems, such as SA cable cards going offline, causing recordings to be lost. The eSATA support came along with the bug fixes, before they were expecting to make it available.
     
  14. richsadams

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    Makes perfect sense. :up:
     
  15. nhaigh

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    Mine arrived today and was equally badly packed. The box was half open and there was only a few airbags, not enough to support the internal box.

    I plugged it in and the TiVo failed to see the drive so I swapped the cable with a Seagate one I have on a server and all started to work. The WD one works on my server so I guess its just not OK with a TiVo. Nice irony there seeing I paid the extra to get the TiVo verified drive !!!!
     
  16. edrock200

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    I'm surprised they are selling it above MSRP. I would take a print ad in from Tivo or WD's site and have them price match it.
     
  17. richsadams

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  19. F8ster

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    How's the noise? I'm interested in getting one, but it's going in the bedroom and probably won't pass the Wife test unless it's dead silent.
     
  20. andrews777

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    Will Best Buy price match Tivo's site? I might check out some local stores if they would do so. :)

    Though hearing of troubles with the drives makes me wary since ALL recordings will be lost if the drive is gone. :(

    Brad
     

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