Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion - Success/Problem Poll

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bgreen, Aug 24, 2007.

Have you successfully expanded your Tivo?

  1. Yes, my cable, drive, and enclosure have worked from the get go!

    92 vote(s)
    62.2%
  2. Yes, but I initially had eSATA cable issues that are now resolved.

    12 vote(s)
    8.1%
  3. Yes, but I initially had hard drive issues that are now resolved.

    4 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. Yes, but I initially had enclosure issues that are now resolved.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. No, I had too many issues so I removed everything.

    9 vote(s)
    6.1%
  6. No, I'm waiting for official support from Tivo.

    31 vote(s)
    20.9%
  1. bgreen

    bgreen New Member

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    Jan 7, 2007
    Lindenhurst, IL
    Please let everyone know if you've successfully expanded your Tivo Series 3 via the eSATA port...
     
  2. tivoABE

    tivoABE New Member

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    Jun 14, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Hooked up a 500gb WD My Book Premium ES. Worked right out of the box. Been using it for nearly 2 months now. No problems.
     
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    Denver area
    Antec MX-1 + Seagate DB35 750GB drive working fine since the first week support was reported.
     
  4. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Antec MX-1, DB35 500 Gig drive, 18 inch Tripplite cables. Did the expansion on TWO S3's about a month ago, and so far the new drives are absolutely transparent. The MX-1 enclosures run very cool and quiet and I have no complaints. The upgrade was easy and quite fun :up: .
     
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Jan 4, 2003
    PLEASE NOTE: Questions and answers on this topic can be found on the Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion thread which has already been made a sticky. To avoid yet another thread on this subject, please do not post questions or comments (beyond yes, no) here.

    Also note that this option is NOT currently available on TiVo HD untis at this time.
     
  6. bgreen

    bgreen New Member

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    Jan 7, 2007
    Lindenhurst, IL

    Yeah... what he said. ;) Thanks Rich. Let's keep all the comments together in the original thread.

    Keep the up the voting!
     
  7. Dr_Diablo

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

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    Nov 23, 2003
    Midwest
    still waiting for the drivers to enable the Tivo SATA port, just how how long is it going to take ????
     
  8. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm...which part of "Questions and answers on this topic can be found on the Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion thread which has already been made a sticky. To avoid yet another thread on this subject, please do not post questions or comments (beyond yes, no) here." wasn't clear? ;)
     
  9. bgreen

    bgreen New Member

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    Jan 7, 2007
    Lindenhurst, IL
    Placeholder #1
     
  10. msrolla

    msrolla 3000

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    Feb 11, 2004
    Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750G with SIIG cable. Plugged the drive in the way it was configured from the box. No problems since I started using it over two months ago. It's been running full for at least the last 3 or 4 weeks with regular recordings, suggestions, TivoCasts and Unbox downloads.
     
  11. Dr_Diablo

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

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    Nov 23, 2003
    Midwest

    Guessing that u dunt no the answer either, no matter, got rid of the Tivo HD for the Series 3 version... Happy now bubba ?
     
  12. Farson

    Farson New Member

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    Aug 1, 2007
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    Ordered those from ZipZoomFly hooked them up and everything worked great first time around and has been for a few weeks now.
     
  13. l_emmerdeur

    l_emmerdeur New Member

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    Jun 13, 2005
    NYC
    Seagate Freeagent Pro 750Gb with the firmware update and an SIIG eSata cable. I've gotten 2 or 3 GSODs since then, but they recovered in about 15 minutes. I do get the occasional 3-4 second pause during playback (maybe 3-4 times per one hour episode). I am wondering if an external eSata drive with 2 HDDs in RAID0 might resolve these issues. If I'm not mistaken, the pending Tivo-branded eSata drive is said to have this configuration.
     
  14. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    Sep 21, 2005
    KFME
    Obviously, reading comprehension isn't too strong with some folks. ;)
     
  15. stubarrett

    stubarrett Member

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    Oct 30, 2003
    I voted for "no problems" but about every couple of weeks I get an unexpected reboot. Everything come back normal. I have over 150 programs in 'recently deleted'. Some features (find programs) actually run faster then before, but I doubt there is a causal relationship.
     
  16. l_emmerdeur

    l_emmerdeur New Member

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    Jun 13, 2005
    NYC
    So I removed the hard drive from the Freeagent Pro enclosure (no clean way to do this, by the way, the enclosure is not made to be opened or tinkered with), and placed it in an Antec MX-1, and so far (about 5 days) the pausing has disappeared.

    Also, the Freeagent Pro was hot enough to fry an egg on, which explains the behavior. The MX-1 seems to run cool.
     
  17. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Can you provide some guidance on how you extracted the drive from the FAP?
     
  18. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

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    Jul 4, 2007
    West Coast
    Not enough choices in the poll.

    How about adding:

    Yes, but it's unstable and reboots from time to time for no reason.
     
  19. Televisionary

    Televisionary Member

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    Oct 24, 2000
    New...
    ditto!
     
  20. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Jan 4, 2003
    If you don't hear back it's probably a good idea to head over to the Series3 eSATA Drive Expansion: FAQ + Discussion thread where there's already posts about that (just recently I think) and you'll likely get more responses.
     

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