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  1. carysb7478

    carysb7478 New Member

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    I've got a series 2 TiVo brand 24004a. I want to stick a 500gb drive in there to replace the 80gb thats in there right now and was wondering what are recommended right now. I found a good deal on the seagate barracuda 7200.10 500gb for $109. Will that work ok? Should I get a HD cooling fan? Would it be ok to run my originial drive as a B drive or will that draw too much power? Thanks in advance for helping a noob :)
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Welcome to Tivo Community!

    Seagates are highly recommended. A hard drive cooling fan is a good idea, too. Best to simply replace your current Tivo drive because dual-drive Tivo's have double the chances of problems down the road.
     
  3. carysb7478

    carysb7478 New Member

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    also, the one I found for $109 has an 8mb buffer memory and there is the same one with a 16mb buffer memory for $10 more. Is it worth it to get the 16mb one?

    I also found a Maxtor diamond max 500gb w/16mb of buffer memory for $99. Which of these should I get? TIA
     
  4. supasta

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    IMO stay away from both the Seagate and the Maxtor. I would recommend Western Digital drives.
     
  5. litzdog911

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    Buffer size makes no difference. Some folks still prefer 5400rpm drives instead of 7200rpm drives because they run cooler. But they're getting harder to find.
     
  6. carysb7478

    carysb7478 New Member

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    thanks for the replies....so is the seagate a good choice? why did supasta say to stay away from them and go with WD? Which cooling fans work the best? Anything else I need to know about this project? Thanks so much...
     
  7. supasta

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    To clarify, I said that I would recommend WD drives...
    It has to do with personal experience. I bought a Seagate drive for my DT upgrade. It sounded like a freight train in my living room. SO, I figured it to be a bad drive. Exchanged it. Put the new one in and it was just as loud. Took it back and got a WD drive (which is what I have always used in my computers, I bought the Seagate due to the cheap price.) The WD is still running whisper quiet.

    Now, there are the new Db35 Seagate drives which I have heard nothing but good things about.

    This is a simple issue of personal preference. I HIGHLY suggest that you do your research on drives. Read online reviews, consider price, warranty length, etc. There are a lot of things to think about.

    Secondly, I also agree that you should do a simple single-drive upgrade.
     
  8. HappyGuy

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    Has anyone used the Seagate SV35 Series 500GB drive? Newegg has it for $99 and it is designed for 24/7 video surveillance applications. Looks like it could be a winner.
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  9. AlphaDelta

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    I saw that Newegg price too and was wondering the same thing. Anyone have any experience with a SV35 in a Tivo?

    --Jeff
     
  10. HappyGuy

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    bump for continued interest
     
  11. marcelh

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    I tried to upgrade my HR10-250 with this drive along with another Seagate and
    it fried! Still cannot figure out why, Tried again with a 400 Gb Seagate and it fried
    again!!! For some reason the "A" drive keeps shorting out unless you use a
    different drive? It worked the 3rd time with the original drive as "A" and a 250
    Seagate as "B"

    Marcel
     
  12. DaveLessnau

    DaveLessnau Love My TiVo!

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    Deleted because I don't know what I'm talking about. Sorry.
     
  13. HappyGuy

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    This appears to be an SATA only drive.
     
  14. DaveLessnau

    DaveLessnau Love My TiVo!

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    Darn. I didn't even notice that. I double-checked on the Samsung site and the whole series looks to be SATA only. I'm going to edit my original post and remove that info: I don't want to mess anyone up. Thanks for pointing this out.
     
  15. AZ_Tivo

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    I thought I would share these two current deals:

    Seagate 250GB Ultra DMA/100 for $49.99
    http://www.outpost.com/product/4596257

    Maxtor 300GB Ultra DMA/100 for $59.99
    http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4987821
    A little birdie told me that inside this box you will find a 320GB rebadged SEAGATE drive.

    Agreed that these are smaller than 500GB but thought someone might be interested.

    Edit : The deals are dead now. - 10th August
     

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