Notebook sata drives on a tivo HD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by Austin Bike, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Member

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    Does anyone here have experience with upgrading to a notebook drive to cut down on sound/power/heat?

    you can buy 500GB sata notebook drives at Fry's for $119.

    Most likely they are 5400RPM, with the old tivo's this was not an issue (it was preferred), what about the HD versions? Do they need a 7200RPM drive?
     
  2. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    AFAIK you'd be a TiVo Pioneer using a notebook SATA drive with your TiVo. Hi-def TiVo's do not need a 7200RPM hard drive. I don't think the heat issue will improve with a notebook drive though, and I can think of reasons that it might be worse. Plus something like that is an unknown as far as reliabilty, compatibility, etc.

    You'll probably get more/better responses by posting on the Official eSATA Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ sticky thread rather than creating new threads when you have a question.

    If you're looking for a quiet, cool running drive for < $99 this 1TB Fantom eSATA drive is successfully being used by a number of folks here now. Otherwise, check the sticky for more info.

    Happy upgrading.
     
  3. DAccardi

    DAccardi Tivo Special Member

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    ummm 2.5 form factor hard drives are extemely unreliable. bad move. very bad move.
     
  4. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Member

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    Well, if the 3.5" hard drive on my tivo is bad after 7 months, then how bad can a 2.5" be?

    I have been using 2.5" for all of my desktop systems and HTPC with no issue. They run cooler and quieter than 3.5". I really only use 3.5" in my NAS devices, everything else is 2.5".

    For now I have run the kickstart, so we'll see if that fixes the issues that we were seeing.
     
  5. ciper

    ciper Active Member

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    The new Seagate Momentus 500gb drive would be great in a TiVo HD. It is 7200 rpm, low power draw and pretty good seek times.
     

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