Series 3 hard drive checklist

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  1. jauburn

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    I'm going to be upgrading my Series 3's hard drive. I would appreciate comments on two points:

    1. Which hard drive (model and capacity) would you recommend?

    2. Where are some good instructions for doing this job?

    Thanks!!!

    P.S. Is the SATA port on these devices working for external units?
     
  2. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    I'm just curious - did you even TRY to see if there was ANY thread that MIGHT already have covered your questions? ;)
     
  3. Carsten

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    Seagate DB35 750GB I would recommend (thats what I got).

    I would use the eSata. Look at the stickys
     
  4. jauburn

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    Yes, I did. But the threads were older.
     
  5. GoHokies!

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    The last post in the thread that he was talking about was yesterday, and there is a whole upgrade forum on the site that has about a dozen threads in it that were posted to today. Not exactly what I would call older.

    BTW, I used you as an example in the "Use the FAQ" thread that's going on in here. I mean nothing personal by it, and hope that you're not offended. This thread was just the perfect example for what we were discussing over there.

    And yeah, what carsten said. Go buy a DB35.
     
  6. bkdtv

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    The Nerds.Net has the 750Gb DB35 (ST3750840SCE) for $255.
     
  7. jauburn

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    So the DB35 seems to be the concensus best bet?
     
  8. Joybob

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    Seagate Barracuda inside a Vizo Enclosure using a CG6EAS shielded eSATA cable works.

    However, you have to chop off some of the excess rubber from the connector for it to go all the way in.

    Plus it's 1 TB and it's got 32 megs of cache.
     
  9. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    If you want to upgrade your internal hard drive or add an eSATA drive it's best to use drives, enclosures and cables that are recommended based on a proven track record. bkdtv has created what is without question the best source of information on this forum which includes all of the recommended equipment as well as instructions... and that's the place to start:

    Official eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion

    For eSATA expansion, refer to Section III, #'s 21 through 23 for recommended drives, enclosures and cables.

    FWIW, we've been using a Seagate DB35 7200.3 hard drive in an Antec MX-1 enclosure with a SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 cable for over six months with zero problems. Links for purchasing everything are included on bkdtv's thread.

    You can also find excellent upgrade information at the MFSLive website.

    Happy upgrading!
     
  10. richsadams

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    Interesting choices. AFAIK the hard drive, the enclosure and the cable you've listed have never been used and are not recommended. Did you seek them out specifically and if so, why? Or where they something you had laying around that you cobbled together? Just curious. :confused:
     
  11. Joybob

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    Everyone was using lame 'Green Drives' and I was like F that. Give me a big bad hard drive.

    The enclosure looked prettier than the MX-1 and is easier to set up.

    And the cable I used is shielded which the SIIG isn't.

    Besides, why have the same set up as everyone else. Be an individual.
     
  12. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Okay then. That tells me everything I need to know. :up:

    BTW, the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 cable is in fact shielded.

    Reference:

    http://siig.com/ViewProduct.aspx?pn=CB-SA0111-S1
     
  13. Joybob

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  14. jlib

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    Carmel...
    And you have have a drive that is 4 decibels louder than the WD 1TB Green.
     

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