Where Can I Buy Hitachi "CinemaStar" 1TB (1000GB) Hard Drives??

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchiles, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. DirkSwizzler

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  2. c3

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    No need to buy this drive when you can get the WD 1TB for $260 at Best Buy. Lower power consumption and probably quieter as well.
     
  3. larrs

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  4. lessd

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    I have both and the WD is quieter and cooler, if their is no long term bad TiVo effects using this drive the WD 1Tb is big winner.
     
  5. RandyMeinke

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    Since this thread started out about the CinemaStar 1TB Drive, I would like to report no problems at all using a CinemaStar with an Antec MX-1 enclosure after a month of use.
     
  6. Dave in Phoenix

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    Thank YOU !!!!

    I could care less if I pay a bit more I want the Cinemastar!

    I was concerned about the AZTEKCOMPUTERS that has them for 414.70, now down $2 more because their Mfg No is NOT the right model - I suspect it is the DesksTOP model although its the wrong code for that also.

    As someone earlier said, The Hitachi codes for the CinemaStar are 0A35274 - HCS721010KLA330 and that is the SKU code (first part) on the PriceGuideNetwork site for only $376.99. And they show 30 available. Well now 29 after I ordered.

    Will not get the Antex MX-1
     
  7. wierdo

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    Just FWIW, I've never found any difference at all between "enterprise" and "desktop" drives. They all have have a similar short term failure rate, and after that they rarely die until after 3 years, when the mortality rate starts increasing again. 10k, 7200, 5400, they are all the same in that respect.

    You can spend more if you like, but it's like buying an extended warranty.

    FWIW, the WD is incredibly quiet. I didn't enable AAM or anything and it's quieter than anything else in my HT stack, even with the S3's cover off! I really should put it back on, but I haven't because I'd have to turn off the TiVo. :p
     
  8. wgw

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    I found that AAM was already enabled out of the box on the WD 1TB GP drive. No problems or complaints with it so far. Can't tell any difference in Tivo operation between the WD and HT 1TB drives. Both work fine and are very quiet.
     
  9. wierdo

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    Being a 5400 RPM drive, the WD probably runs cooler, which should be good for longevity, although in reality I've had stone cold drives die after a few weeks and blazing hot ones never fail in service. I have an old 10GB IBM Deskstar that was on 24/7 for 7 years (aside from power outages and a couple of moves) and still worked when I decided it should be replaced before it failed. Through most of its life it was very poorly cooled and was very hot to the touch.
     
  10. aaronwt

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    WOW! 3 platters?!? I thought the 4 platter WD drive was impressive. The Hitachi is a five platter design isn't it?
    EIther way my two 1TB Hitachi drives have been fine and my 1TB WD has been fine. I would prefer the WD drive only because they run a lottle cooler. I still have another 1TB drive that I need to install sometime to replace the low capacity 500GB drive in one of my S3 boxes.
     
  11. dswartz

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    Wow. 1GB. Just... Wow :)
     
  12. wgw

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    I thought I read that the WD was variable 5400-7200.

    I know what you mean about the IBM's. I had a 14GB that would never die. I eventually retired it simply because it was too small to be useful anymore. It's still laying around here somewhere if someone wants to buy an antique in good working condition. ;)
     
  13. jlib

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    Its an unfortunate marketing obfuscation. The Green series models individually range from 5400 to 7200RPM. They are not variable. By applying that spec to the entire line you really don't know what you are getting which is WD's intent. The most important spec for the line is its "Greeness." The performance of each model is compromised in order to get stellar energy use stats. The larger the drive the slower it will need to natively spin to get low energy use.

    Storage Review determined through tests and information gleaned from interviews with WD that the 1GB model is closer to a 5400RPM drive. For our purposes this is actually a good thing since it is pretty much impossible to find large desirable 5400RPM drives any more.
     
  14. wgw

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    Thanks jlib, the Storage Review article was very interesting.

    Apparently some people are even upping the voltage to increase the rpm's. One reviewer on newegg said if you increase voltage to 18 volts it will increase rpm's to 13,000. Never heard of doing that to a hard drive.

    I liked the power measurements they reported in the article. I don't know how robust the Tivo power supply is, but if they are questionable, I suppose the power savings could possibly improve overall performance of the Tivo. The HT uses nearly 7 watts more that the WD.
     
  15. c3

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    This is the most important part of that review:
     
  16. vstone

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    Wow! That's a great idea! Find the computer part most likely to fail and increase it's likelihood of failure while invalidating the warranty.
     
  17. c3

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    Come on, people. This 13,000 RPM stuff is just a joke.
     
  18. hastypete

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    Are you sure that wasn't an April 1st thing? The speed of the HD is not related to input voltage. There is a motor controller that regulates the speed.
     
  19. wgw

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    lol. Oh come on. I know for a fact that everything anyone says on the internet is true. :eek:
     
  20. sfhub

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    I swapped the 12v and 5v leads on the S3 power supply connector and now pixelation is gone and MRV works. This is awesome. Thanks for the pointer. I was pulling my hair out before! I guess the Comcast engineer was right when he said it was a problem with the TiVo and not the CableCARDs.
     

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