Series 3 HD TiVo Upgrade Information

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by weaknees, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. Sepia

    Sepia TiVo Special Member

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    I looked up the price of the 750GB ATA Seagate, and found it for $328 (weekend special at supergooddeals.com). This means that if they get bulk orders, they should be able to get a better deal than that at Weaknees and I would imagine they add a well deserved profit on top, and you guess the price...

    http://www.supergooddeal.com/category_s/198.htm

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Hard drive 750GB internal 3.5" SATA II NCQ 7200RPM 16MB Cache ST3750640AS
    Our Price: $340.00
    Weekend Sales: $327.99

    - Sepia
     
  2. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

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    By changing the hardware configuration, doesn't that technically mean that your series3 is no longer cablelabs certified? Is that something we should be worried about? I always assumed that's why tivo only released one series3, instead of 160GB, 250GB, and 750GB models.
     
  3. talmania

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    Looking at weaknees website the price for a single 750GB drive replacement kit for a S2-DT Tivo is 599.00 I'd expect the price to be similar for the S3 upgrade. Possibly a little more as the 750GB SATA drive is about 50.00 more expensive than the IDE version (at least they were at the local Fry's this past weekend).
     
  4. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    They're offering them for sale now http://www.weaknees.com/series-3-hd-tivo-tcd648250b.php, so I just ordered a 750GB.

    I'd mailed them yesterday saying I'd take one of their hands when they did.

    I can live with 750, I've been relatively happy with 600GB for a couple of years.
     
  5. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    I fully expect TiVo to eventually offer larger drive configurations of the S3.
     
  6. Sepia

    Sepia TiVo Special Member

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    That sounds a bit steep for simply copying over the new 750GB drive all the data from a virgin S3 :confused:

    Am I missing something? $600 - $350 = $250 profit for a simple copy?

    - Sepia
     
  7. balboa dave

    balboa dave well rounded

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    or realize that you don't need to delete shows worth keeping, or waste time burning them to a DVD you'll never watch.
     
  8. talmania

    talmania New Member

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    Excellent! Order placed! Shipping the 15th of the month according to them.
     
  9. talmania

    talmania New Member

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    Yes it does sound expensive and if the process was the same as the last Tivo I upgraded (early series 2 model) then I'd probably do it myself but AFAIK there could be lots of differences and I'm far too impatient to wait for the community to figure it out. :D
     
  10. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    I have had 127 season passes before, and 926 hours is overkill.

    However, 98 hours of HD isn't, its still a little on the skimpy side.
     
  11. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    I'm paying for the convenience of it, you obviously don't find it that convenient. They have a business to run, and that expensive. I'm helping keep them in business.

    Also their customer service is really outstanding.
     
  12. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    Sure beats the 6412. ;)
     
  13. talmania

    talmania New Member

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    LOL! You mean that whole 10-15 hours isn't enough for you? Some people are just greedy!!! ;) :D :D
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    98 hours should hold you over until that eSATA port is turned on. From what I hear it's rumored to be part of the KidZone update which should be out in November. (possibly sooner) Once that happens you should be able to add another 750GB for a total of about 200 hours of HD.

    Dan
     
  15. George Cifranci

    George Cifranci TiVo Bolt 500GB - TE4 UI

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    Amen!

    99.9% of what I plan on recording on my S3 will be HD programming. I have 2 other TiVo's that can record hundreds of hours of crapvision Standard Def if I need it.

    I am always having to pick and choose what I want to save and delete on my TWC SA 8300HD DVR since it only has room for about 20-25 of HD.
     
  16. Sepia

    Sepia TiVo Special Member

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    You are right, I am wrong, and I admit it. I am very technical which is why I reacted with incredulity initially. When I think about it, it's a great service for the community and $250 is worth it for most folks.

    I would have loved it though if it were a bit cheaper so I can avoid doing it myself, but it crossed the price-point where it is worth it for me to bring out my Linux box and do it... That said, I have recommended them and will again to friends who are in need of upgrades :up:

    - Sepia
     
  17. Canoehead

    Canoehead TiVo since 2004

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    Wow - that markup just got a little too rich for my blood. I'd happily pay Weaknees a reasonably price for a CD with the necessary software and a set of instructions, but $599 for a $350 HDD is not my cup of tea.

    Are there any plans to do something like that? Its not a dis on what Weaknees does - it's a valuble service that folks are willing to pay for - but I'd rather take on the challenge myself and save a few bucks (I have this new $799 charge on my card this week...)
     
  18. RichB

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    I am with you. I would buy the upgrade CD and instructions.
    $600 to to upgrade and $800 device with a new disk :eek:

    - Rich
     
  19. beejpowers

    beejpowers Dad/Husband/Consumer

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    When replacing the stock drive on a TiVo you must do an "expand" to add 2 partitions to the drive to utilize the additional drive space over the original size. But isn't that the limitation of the "expand" command? Aren't there then too many partitions for the OS?

    I was under the impression that you can only "expand" once.

    What I am getting at is this: if you replace the stock drive with an "expanded" larger drive, are you making it so you can never add the eSATA drive? Will the OS have too many disk partitions and say "Good job, tool, you have an extra drive that has nothing to do now"

    Or is that limit "per drive" i.e. new drive = new set of partitions?
     
  20. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    I don't think anyone could even speculate as to how it will work with the eSATA drive since its not known how it will work (maybe TiVo doesn't even know yet). Because they are making expansion so easy, they also are going to have to build in a lot of protections it seems (like removing the esata drive not destroying your internal drive). So we will have to wait and see how they are going to do it.
     

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