Toshiba sd-400

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by raider68, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. cyclemattstl

    cyclemattstl New Member

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    Thanks to everyone on this forum. I downloaded the InstantCake per above instructions. Worth every bit of twenty dollars. Put it on an old 200 GB drive. My 400 GB drive (with five year warranty) arrives Monday. Although I will have to go through the long winded setup again, at least I can do it with the wireless network. For everyone out there with a dead Toshiba SD-H400 I have this to say:
    Another opportunity to upgrade.

    Too bad PTV put the software under DVD burners.

    Spend the money, you will not be sorry.

    Matt
     
  2. epics

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    Mine died also. Has anyone sent it back to toshiba for the $140 and gotten back a SD-h400 or the newer model with the burner?

    Wondering what to do with my dead Toshiba.
     
  3. kghawk

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    it seems as if this is an epidemic...mine is dead...I'm not a techie - what are my options? are people having good luck with the $140 repair/exchange Toshiba is offering? is this a decent deal if you don't know what you're doing and can't repair it yourself? :confused: Help!!!
     
  4. lafos

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    Do you have a lifetime subscription on the Toshiba? If you do, then repairing it may make sense. If you don't, then reparing it for $140 is not a bargain. You can buy a new dual tuner 80-hour system for about $70 AR, or you should look at the various subscription options TiVo offers.

    If you have a "techie" friend, perhaps they could try to swap the drive for you. I think the SD-H400 was stock with 80GB, and you can get >100GB for about $50. Add the Instant Cake image for another $20. Very detailed directions are available on the Web.
     
  5. idunavailable

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    Add me to the list. Funny thing is this is the only thing I have not hacked in my household as a promise to the wife. Man wishing I wold have took a image of that drive.
    My 2 cents: Maxtor drives will fail in at least 3 years. I now own 2 maxtor doorstops with another on its way out. I do not blame Toshiba as it looks like they did their part to correct what they could. I bet that contract with maxtor has ticked them off.

    Anyway I did not have any intention of hacking the tivo but at least there is a possibility I can get this thing to work again. Thanks to tivo for leaving some thing hackable.

    I guess the next step is to check all the torrent and eD2k sites. :)
     
  6. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Doesn't PTVUpgrade.com sell an Instant Cake CD for this model?
     
  7. JamieP

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    Yes (look back 7 posts).
     
  8. jblt

    jblt New Member

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    Our Toshiba SD-H400 HDD died also. Replaced it with one from weaknees, but now our dvd is broken. The tray is stuck, does anyone know if that can be replaced as well or if we take it out can it be fixed? If we take it out it looked like the new HDD is screwed on top of the bracket for the DVD so will that screw up TIVO again? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  9. rcurrlin

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    My Toshiba SD-H400, dead at 2 years, 2 months. WE mourn its loss
     
  10. epics

    epics New Member

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    I sent mine in, they replaced the board and the hard drive. I had a feeling it wasn't just a drive issue...
     
  11. DoubleDown

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    I figure I will do a preemptive strike and replace the hard drive before it fails. However I do have a couple of questions. I have the SD H400, with the new software, and just basic service,
    if I use these directions http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php Do I still need to get the "image" off my old/ dying drive? or is that what the weakknees boot Cd does? Is it easier to format the new drive in FAT32?
    any tips or suggestions to prevent errors would be greatly appreciated.

    Sorry for being such a newb. Otherwise, it seems easy enough just wish I had a bigger Hard drive as I am Just swapping an 80 GB for an 80 GB.
     
  12. raven42

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    Ours died yesterday, after a bit more than 2 years. I am seriously irritated. Yes, hard disks die, but I doubt that having to spend 80 - 140 USD every year or two for a product which is around 250 USD now to begin with, is justifieable.

    If anyone takes action, count me in.
     
  13. ashu

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    raven42, a dead hard drive in two years, easily replaced with a $30ish 80 gigger HARDLY equates to the claimed $80-140 per year. Or would you like to explain the numbers again? ;)
     
  14. lafos

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    The Weaknees CD will pull the image off of your existing hard drive and rebuild it on the new. Read the directions carefully. Weaknees has a nice interactive instruction set that walks you through step by step.
     
  15. lafos

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    It's interesting to note that MTBF of desktop class drives, which includes all TiVo drives, are rated based on a 40% duty cycle. ATA drives have a typical MTBF of 500,000 hours, but with a 1-year warranty (our years have <9000 hours). Even Seagate's 5-year warranty is far less than the MTBF, which makes sense since they expect virtually zero failures within the warranty period. Toshiba also gave a 1-year warranty. The equipment lasted >2x the warranty period.
     
  16. Sep 7, 2006 #116 of 163
    ukaussi

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    Ladera...
    My personal opinion is that the recent software upgrade from TIVO has been hosing the install on many Toshiba players.

    It isn't Toshiba's fault it is TIVOs !!

    Not sure why everyone just bends over and accepts it is a hard drive after such a short time. Hard drives are indeed designed to last a lot longer but just like people "hose" their Windows OS by screwing with it or installing bad programs and have to reinstall the same is true for TIVO.

    I am willing to bet that if you reformatted the "faulty" hard drive and reimaged it with a TIVO image it would work fine.

    As TIVO is doing with myself they are actually accepting that it is their software that caused my issue but won't do anything about it other than tell me to call Toshiba, who say I have to pay for it to be repaired.
     
  17. Sep 7, 2006 #117 of 163
    ukaussi

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    thanks all but I again spoke to TIVO and they still wont do anything.

    Consequently I have cancelled all 3 of my accounts

    Good luck
     
  18. Sep 7, 2006 #118 of 163
    jon96cobra

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    Unless you have tested the Maxtor drive with the Drive tester software I wouldn't just go blaming Tivo for the failure but may cause the drive to fail since it may check the drive for bad sectors.

    I personally work on DVR's everyday and yes you can fix a fault with formatting but thats only to try to recover the data off I wouldn't use that drive again. When that happens its caused by a Data failure that had corrupted the drive plater and was probably caused by heat or just age of the drive being rewritten over and over. Also if it was a software issue it would affect more models than just SD 400 boxes.
     
  19. Sep 7, 2006 #119 of 163
    sgreenberg

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    OK. My SD-H400 just died. Cycles between Booting, Just a few more minutes, and GSOD.

    An observation. Some people have asserted that TiVo software is breaking the hard drives. I can run an experiment. The Tivo that died is two years and 2 months old. However, I just got my daughter a new SD-H400 out of the box. If hers dies it's TiVo software, if it doesn't it's Maxtor.

    BTW, I was lucky to find an SD-H400 since they've been discontinued for at least a year. And no, they don't have any more. I wish I bought a backup two months ago while they were still in stock.

    I have a different question. I am perfectly happy with Basic Tivo, so I'd like to reconstitute the SD-H400 to avoid paying the monthly or lifetime TiVo fee.

    Toshiba wants $139 fixed price for 80Gig with a 90 day warrantee. Week Knees will ship a 160Gig drive for $149 with a 1 year warrantee, and even bigger drives for a little more. So, if I really knew that it was the hard drive, Week Knees would be the way to go. So, how likely will a new HD fix it up and is it easy enough for a novice to install. I haven't installed a HD in a computer since 239Meg (yes Meg) were big drives. Thanks.
     
  20. Sep 8, 2006 #120 of 163
    jon96cobra

    jon96cobra Member

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    Well if its the Tivo software than once you put in a new drive in the SD-400 it should fail since that would be the software causing it to fail. I put a 300gb in my SD-400 and it works fine. I have had 2 updates to it since the newer software came out.
     

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