What enclosure do I need for TivoHD eSATA?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by blhirsch, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    290
    0
    Mar 1, 2003
    I have a 200GB "Ultra Series" 7200 RPM Ultra ATA/133 drive that I got for $19.99 during Black Friday last year. Still shrinkwrapped.

    I kept meaning to throw it into one of my DirecTivos, but never got around to it (one had enough space already from a previous upgrade I did when I initially modified them for networking but the other one never needed it, what with MRV and all.)

    I'd like to use the drive to expand this new Tivo, but wasn't sure if it would work. So, two questions:

    1. Is this drive compatible with eSATA drive expansion?
    2. What enclosure should I get to make it work?
     
  2. MirclMax

    MirclMax Ancient Member

    1,133
    0
    Jul 12, 2000
  3. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    290
    0
    Mar 1, 2003
    Thanks. And have fun storming the castle.
     
  4. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    25,954
    18
    Dec 26, 2002
    The information you seek is in the very first post of the thread that blhirsch linked to, as far as I can tell.
     
  5. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    290
    0
    Mar 1, 2003
    You mean MiraclMax?

    Yeah, I read the post, it does have the information. That's why I thanked him.

    I think my reply has the potential to read snarkily. Unintended. I was actually genuinely thanking him. And then making a Miracle Max reference!
     
  6. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    25,954
    18
    Dec 26, 2002
    D'oh!
     
  7. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    311
    0
    Jan 13, 2007
    lol
     
  8. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    311
    0
    Jan 13, 2007
    Is that an IDE drive? If so, it will probably be harder to find an eSATA enclosure for. That info should be in the sticky. ;)
     
  9. MirclMax

    MirclMax Ancient Member

    1,133
    0
    Jul 12, 2000
    Just so you know, I took it genuinely and appreciated the quote :)
     
  10. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    290
    0
    Mar 1, 2003
    It's a '3.5" ATA/EIDE' drive. Ultra ATA/133. Is this a problem drive, or am I good to go with any of those listed eSATA enclosures?
     
  11. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    7,902
    2
    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    No, the enclosures listed are for SATA drives. The Series3 and TivoHD have an SATA interface (eSATA for external storage), not an ATA interface. You will need some sort of enclosure with a ATA -> SATA bridge (converter).
     
  12. blhirsch

    blhirsch Tivo-riffic!

    290
    0
    Mar 1, 2003
    Grr. Well, off go to run some google searches. Thanks!
     
  13. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    311
    0
    Jan 13, 2007
    There is one enclosure on Newegg that has an IDE internal interface and eSATA external interface. It may work.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817155218

    On a separate note, are you sure you want to test this out . . . especially with a 200GB? Personally, I wouldn't be first to test anything unless I was going to dramatically increase storage space. If I were you, I would take advantage of others efforts (i.e., buy equipment recomended on 1st page of sticky).
     
  14. CCourtney

    CCourtney Member

    488
    2
    Mar 28, 2006
    El Dorado...
    Here's another on Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145027

    The selections are slim pickings.

    That said I completely agree with drew's comments. I'd at least go out and grab a 500Gb drive for < $100 (WD or Hitachi if you want to use the AAM features to keep the noise down})

    I believe the most popular eSata enclosure are the Apricorn EZ Bus DTS EKIT that's listed as a tested enclosure
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817362002

    A new up and comer is the Roswill RX 358-S but it's not listed (I'm considering buying it.)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173043

    Then take the 200GB drive and eBay it for ~$50 + S&H

    CCourtney
     
  15. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

    6,392
    2
    May 21, 2004
    Slower...
  16. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    311
    0
    Jan 13, 2007
    I got an MX-1 too. I know others were using the Apricorn, but thought the MX-1 was far more popular . . . not sure if there has ever been a poll.
     
  17. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    4,471
    2
    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Based on my experience and that of others in related threads, I would say that the MX-1 is the top choice. VERY quiet, great cooling. A little more $ than other choices, but you get what you pay for.
     
  18. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    3,919
    827
    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I agree 100%. In my opinion, the MX-1/DB35 combo is the way to go. It may be pricier than some other solutions, but it's cool, quiet and, most importantly, extremely reliable. :)
     

Share This Page