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In my search through the forum to find the best Hard Drive for an internal upgrade .. I've found a great thread (sticky) dealing with eSata stuff, but I thought a survey specifically for internal updates, especially with all the new THD people doing only that would be good ..

So, if you folks wouldn't mind can you list the following bits of information:

1. Hard Drive Model
2. Drive Size
3. Post Upgrade HD/SD hours listed
4. Did you do any acoustic modifications?
5. S3 or THD
6. Any Comments? How does it sound? Any problems?

Thank you to any/all who participate.

-MirclMax
 

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I upgraded my TivoHD - installed a Maxtor Quickview 500GB drive - 604 SD hours listed and 84 HD after upgrade - no modifcations needed no problems
 

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I upgraded to a Western Digital 500GB drive this weekend. The whole process went very smoothly with no problems. Final capacity is 70 HD hours (with MfsSupersize on).

djstix, how did you get 84 HD hours on your 500 GB drive? Are you sure you don't mean 64 HD hours?
 

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I upgraded my TivoHD using a Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 drive, 1TB model from the Best Buy deal last month. I ran the Acoustic Management tool and decreased it to 128, and it runs quiet and as cool as the original stock WD drive. I believe the HD recording is about 120 hours and the SD recording is over 1000 hours. Not sure the exact amount.

No problems so far.

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1. Hitachi 7K1000
2. 1TB
3. 131 HD/1248 SD (approx. #'s)
4. Set acoustics to 128
5. THD
6. Works fine. Barely audible unless I listen for it when all TV is off. Nice and cool.
 

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Thanks for all the replies so far .. please keep them coming .. Is there a rebellion against my 1 - 6 numbering system? :) Also, if possible, actual model numbers of hard drives would be great .. especially for people like me who are searching for the best deals. No need to post deals here .. I'm thinking a month or two from now this would just be a nice place to look for model numbers.
 

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I upgraded to the Samsung Spinpoint 500GB (SATA) drive. The upgrade goes very smoothly with WinMFS. It is very easy. I choose the samsung drive because it is very quiet, runs cool and is a lot cheaper than the Seagate DB35 equivalent.

Good Luck
 

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rcamille said:
I upgraded to the Samsung Spinpoint 500mb (SATA) drive.
I'm hoping you meant 500 GB :) (HD501LJ) Did you do any Acoustic stuff or use it out of the box?
 

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1. DB35 - many will say this is overkill, but I would use this or another drive listed in the eSATA sticky if I did again.
2. 750gb - seems sufficient.
3. HD 98 hours /SD unknown - posted on many threads.
4. AM not available on DB35, which comes adjusted for sound.
5. S3
6. No sound or problems. This drive is amazing.
 

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1. Seagate DB35
2. 750GB
3. used supersize option
4. No
5. THD
6. Can't even tell the drive is on

Other THD box is running stock drive.
 

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1. Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 (extracted from BB special)
2. 1TB
3. used supersize option
4. Yes - set drive to AM 128
5. S3
6. At least as quiet as stock drive, probably quieter. Biggest problem was getting the drive out of its' original external enclosure. :)

Other S3 has stock internal drive.
 

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1. WD RE2 500ABYS (24/7 rated high duty cycle)
2. 500 GB
3. 70 / ~633
4. Tivo HD
5. Quiet but maybe warmer.

I just did the upgrade yesterday. Used Hitachi drive tool to set acoustic management to 128. The unit is in my bedroom and not audible but I have seen temperatures from 40 to 49. But, unit is sitting on an amp and it's currently unusually warm in CA. Not yet sure if I have to move the box or even add a fan. Unfortunately, I never looked at the temp before the upgrade.
 

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dkwong said:
I upgraded to a Western Digital 500GB drive this weekend. The whole process went very smoothly with no problems. Final capacity is 70 HD hours (with MfsSupersize on).

djstix, how did you get 84 HD hours on your 500 GB drive? Are you sure you don't mean 64 HD hours?
I need to check the screen again - maybe i meant 64 hours :) Anyway i chose the maxrtor quickview because it was supposedly optimized for video and is OEM on cable DVRs - it is totally silent to my ears. Installation was a bit fiddly but not an issue if you have a good set of Torx drivers.
 

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1. Seagate DB35 (part #ST3750840SCE, $250 from TheNerds.Net)
2. 750gb
3. 98 HD hours / 924 SD hours - did not use Supersize option.
4. No. The Seagate DB35 comes pre-adjusted for DVR applications.
5. TivoHD
6. Can't even tell the drive is on.
 

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1. WD WD7500AAKS: $200 from newegg.
2. 750GB
3. 98HD; 924SD
4. Nope
5. TivoHD
6. I can only hear the drive when it is reading/writing if the room is dead silent and I'm within ~2 feet of the box. I didn't touch any acoustic management settings (are there any for this WD drive?)
 

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Did it tonight! Same setup as many others:

1. Seagate DB35 (#ST3750840SCE)
2. 750GB
3. 98 HD hours / 924 SD hours - no "supersize" option
4. No (not necessary on the DB35, I believe)
5. S3
6. Totally silent. Thought it actually wasn't working when I booted up my computer with it attached. Had to gently touch it to "feel" it working. Amazing, really.
 

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Berkshire said:
I am thinking about buying a 400GB TiVo HD from DVR Upgrade. Any comments on them and any idea if they use the DB35s in the 400GB units they sell?
They don't use DB35s. If you want to do the upgrade yourself using 500Gb Seagate DB35 ($150) or 500Gb Samsung HD501LJ ($120), here are instructions:

TivoHD Upgrade Instructions
  1. Remove the outer case and existing drive using a torx screwdriver in the T10 size. If you don't have one of appropriate length, you can purchase the Star Driver T10 Ampro (9014713) from Advance Auto Parts for about $4.
  2. Download WinMFS here.
  3. Shut down Windows and attach original TiVo drive. You can open your computer and attach it with a SATA cable, or attach it externally using a SATA->USB adapter like this.
  4. Boot to Windows XP (SP2) or Vista, run WinMFS, and click 'Select Drive' to select the drive you attached.
  5. In WinMFS, click the 'Backup' option. Save the file to your hard drive.
  6. Shut down the computer and attach the new, larger drive. You can disconnect the original Tivo drive.
  7. Turn your computer back on, run WinMFS, and click the 'Restore' option. Select the file you saved to your hard drive in step #5.
  8. You're done. Install the new drive in the TivoHD.

Note that won't backup your existing recordings. The "Backup" option in WinMFS just backs up the Tivo software and your configuration, not the recordings.

If you want to backup your recordings too,then you need to choose the MFSCopy option in WinMFS which requires that the original Tivo drive and new drive be connected at the same time -- in which case you may want 2x SATA -> USB adapters.
 

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bkdtv said:
They don't use DB35s. If you want to do the upgrade yourself using 500Gb Seagate DB35 ($150) or 500Gb Samsung HD501LJ ($120), here are instructions:
dvrupgrade doesn't use DB35s for the 400GB, but I believe they do for the 750GB drives.

However, like most things, you can save a good bit of money if you can do it yourself.
 
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