Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, May 5, 2007.

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear it was only the cable giving you fits. You can sit back and relax now...maybe watch some good TV. ;)
     
  2. dscoob

    dscoob New Member

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    I upgraded the hard drive on my S3 with a 1TB Hitachi. The seek noises are pretty loud. I'll try changing the drive's acoustic management settings. If that doesn't work, I was thinking of installing acoustic foam inside the case. Has anyone done this in an S3 or other TiVo? The foam would be the kind that is used to line the inside of PC cases, like Dynamat or Acoustipack. I have Acoustipack in my PC and am very happy with it, so I was going to try that. They're basically thin sheets of foam that you adhere to the insides of the case.

    I'm wondering if (a) it will help, and (b) if it will cause a problem with cooling inside the TiVo.

    Any other ideas on how to deaden the sound? Will putting the S3 on a foam mat help?
     
  3. jlib

    jlib Lean Forward

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    Changing the acoustic default setting is all you will need to do.
     
  4. dr_mal

    dr_mal It's CWS time

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    Just one more data point to support using a SIIG eSATA cable in place of the one supplied by Antec...

    I'm using an external DB35 750GB drive with the Antec MX1 enclosure - worked fine for a while, but then the TiVo started locking up/rebooting. I replaced the cable with the SIIG cable last week, and so far, haven't seen any lockups or rebooting.

    Time will tell, but so far so good.
     
  5. JKay

    JKay Member

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    I put that model WD 500 in my S3 back in Nov 06 and removed it in Aug 07 just to upgrade to a 750 Gig drive. I didn’t tweak the acoustic setting on the 500 and found the drive to be quiet. However, the original WD 250 has the acoustic (AAM) setting tweaked from the factory, so I would use the Hitachi utility to tweak the WD 500 if you get it. The drive worked flawlessly for the eight months I used it in the S3.
     
  6. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

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    the kick start 57 seemed to help
    I also deleted more shows

    A new SIIG cable is due to be delivered on Friday-

    Thankfully I've got 2 S2's up & running so they're catching the new shows, not in HD but...better then watching live tv<grin>
     
  7. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    That's good news! :up:

    Make sure you power TiVo down (unplug it) before replacing the eSATA cable and that the connections are snug on both ends. Power it back up and you should be good to go. :)
     
  8. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed &amp;amp;amp; Juliet's CPA

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    Thanks all who posted about this... and to those that mentioned the BB deal.

    After installing the drive in the MX-1 on Tuesday (thanks to some tweezer help with getting the mounting screws back on), I hooked everything up last night.

    The only thing that I saw that was "weird" was that when the "Your second Hard Drive..." message came up the first and last letter in the message was cut off by the ends of the picture. I also noticed that, while watching a recording from ABC HD, the D on the Channel logo looked to be cut off.

    Not a big deal, as the picture itself was fine. So far...
     
  9. naclone

    naclone New Member

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    just an update: installed a 750g FAP with SIIG cable last evening. drive was recognized on the first try and all seems well.
     
  10. bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

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    A magnetized screwdriver did the trick for me. You can get magnetized extension holders for the hex shank screwdriver bits.
     
  11. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed &amp;amp;amp; Juliet's CPA

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    Bruce - Yeah... had to buy screwdrivers for this... and didn't think about getting the magnetic type until just that moment.
     
  12. jlib

    jlib Lean Forward

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    Or just get any magnet (like the kind for notes on refrigerators) and swipe driver in one direction a half dozen times or so.
     
  13. donaudio

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    Just want to let everyone know my experiences with the FAP 750. The first two failed and I got a third (lucky it has a five year warranty). It is in an enclosed cabinet so this time I changed cables and got a Siig and put a muffin fan behind the FAP and so far it has been working for about two months and the drive doesn't seem hot to the touch. Keeping fingers crossed. Don
     
  14. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

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    silly me,
    I just held the unit above my head with the screw balanced on the screwdriver. Of course my headlamp was a critical piece of equipment.
     
  15. ManWithAPlan

    ManWithAPlan New Member

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    Just hooked up my new Western Digital DVR Expander thingy - went the super easy route. Although it's only 500GB, it recognized it right away and is working like a champ! Signed up for about 8 new season passes, yeeeeehaaaaaaaa!!!!!

    Loving the eSATA thing, drive is quiet as a church mouse.
     
  16. jtrain

    jtrain New Member

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    Received the Update yesterday afternoon/evening and no problems to speak of so far, no slowing in the menus, or problems with the eSATA drive up to this point...double-checked again this morning and everything seems fine so far.
     
  17. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Excellent! :up: Must be taking a little longer to get to us over here in West Linn. ;)
     
  18. dr.greghouse

    dr.greghouse New Member

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    Yeah, I was about to say the same thing. Hold the drive/enclosure upside down, balance the screw on the screwdriver and into the hole she goes...
     
  19. dr.greghouse

    dr.greghouse New Member

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    Bought western digital 500GB SATA + Antec MX-1. Everything looks good so far. Used to have an eSATA Seagate 300GB, but was scared of power going off and since the power button is "soft", tivo would hang and not record if a power glitch occurred.
     
  20. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

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    300gb = not enough room

    I want *big* room <evil grin> just to confound my husband <he he>

    BTW, Huge cutos to Rick for following this tread & helping people out!! He saved me a bunch of cash & heartache. It seems as tho the new SIIG cable has fixed my hang/restart problem. I'm not saying it's fixed but after a couple of hours it's looking like the problem is solved!
    Thank You Rick!!
     

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