Would you recommend this Hard Drive

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  1. rmorton0573

    rmorton0573 Barney Fife, my Hero

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    I am wanting to add more storage with less clutter to my Tivo HD I found this Drive and wanted to know what everyone thought it is a relly good price for SATA, but would it be ok for the Tivo?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145511&CatId=2459
     
  2. madneon

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    I used the 50o gb segate from this list. working like a champ
    http://shopper.cnet.com/hard-drives/seagate-db35-series-st3500830sce/4014-3186_9-32092018.html

    What are good drives to use with a eSATA enclosure or as an internal drive upgrade?

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    Make Model Size Part # Intended for DVRs Noise Level
    Hitachi Cinemastar 750Gb HCS721075KLA330 Yes 7
    Hitachi Cinemastar 1000Gb HCS721010KLA330 Yes 7
    Hitachi Deskstar 1000Gb HDS721010KLA330 No 7
    Hitachi Ultrastar 1000Gb HUA721010KLA330 No 7
    Seagate DB35 250Gb ST3250820SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 300Gb ST3300820SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 320Gb ST3320820SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 400Gb ST3400820SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 500Gb ST3500830SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 750Gb ST3750640SCE Yes 8
    Seagate DB35 750Gb ST3750840SCE Yes 8
    WD AV 250Gb WD2500AVJS Yes 8
    WD AV 250Gb WD2500AVBS Yes 8
    WD AV 320Gb WD3200AVJS Yes 8
    WD AV 320Gb WD3200AVBS Yes 8
    WD AV 500Gb WD5000AVJS Yes 8
    WD Caviar GP 1000Gb WD10EACS-32ZJB0 No 10
    WD AV-GP 1000Gb WD10EVCS Yes 10

    For subjective noise level, 10=best and 1=worst. Noise ratings on the
    Hitachi and Western Digital drives assume that AAM is enabled, as per
    FAQ #29. There will always be some small variance from part to part.

    The retail Western Digital WD10EACS was removed from this list because the
    latest version of that product no longer includes the WD10EACS-32ZJB0.
    The retail WD10EACS now includes the WD10EACS-00ZJB0 which will not
    work as an internal drive upgrade to the Tivo Series3. If you want the
    1TB Western Digital drive, you should buy the new WD10EVCS instead.
     
  3. ilh

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    You can get a WD5000AACS (Green) for around or even a bit under $100 these days. I would think that would be preferable to this 500GB Maxtor.
     
  4. rmorton0573

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    derspiess New Member

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    Does the buffer size make much of a difference in terms of performance for DVRs? I noticed that the 500gb Seagate drive from The List only has an 8mb buffer.

    For my upgrade, I went outside of that list & got a Seagate 500gb drive with a 32mb buffer, hoping that would aid performance a bit, but I really have no way of knowing whether it made any difference.
     
  6. Lupin

    Lupin Tivo Fan

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    I got the WD 500GB in mine and it worked fine. The extra space is great I have like 200 tivo suggestions now, always something for me to watch :D
     
  7. ilh

    ilh New Member

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    I doubt the disk cache size is relevant at all since most of the time the data is streaming in and out. As evidence, the stock THD WD1600AVBS has only a 2MB cache.
     
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  9. rmorton0573

    rmorton0573 Barney Fife, my Hero

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    rodbac New Member

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    No.
     
  11. ilh

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  12. rmorton0573

    rmorton0573 Barney Fife, my Hero

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    Thanks
     
  13. rmorton0573

    rmorton0573 Barney Fife, my Hero

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  15. ilh

    ilh New Member

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    The WD5000AACS has two 250GB platters and runs cooler than the WD6400AAKS because it is 5400rpm. Power dissipation for the two are 6.0W and 8.3W, respectively. I'm not sure why you're saying "less hot". Even the 4-platter WD10EACS draws less power at 7.5W.
     
  16. TiVo Steve

    TiVo Steve New Member

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    I don't trust WD drives. :thumbsdown: I've seen too many failures. And look at all the comments about new TiVo HD units having drive related problems!

    I installed a 500GB DB35.3 (ST3500830SCE) in my TiVo HD. It's quiet, runs cool, and has a 5 year warranty.

    A while back, I put a 300GB WD drive in my Sony SVR-3000 Series 2 unit... it failed after just under a year! I replaced it with a 250GB Seagate DB35 HD. It's been running great for over a year now.:up:
     
  17. madneon

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    I agree with ya Tivo Steve I have had 3 S3 tivo's go out on me the last one gave me the reboot/screen freeze only after a week I have since put in the same drive you have and things have been fine since...
     
  18. cliffr39

    cliffr39 what???

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    Those and Hitachi drives (external on my laptop to backup my tivo files). I got one brand new, it died and sent it in for replacement. Got the drive back and that one died six weeks later. Just got the second replacement back this month. Horrible, won't buy those again.
     

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