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Old 12-25-2005, 06:05 AM   #1 (Print)
hamradio
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300mb hard drive upgrade.

I have seen advertised a 300mb hard drive upgrade for the Tivo at £111 including postage,this seems avery good buy, but the hard drive used is a Seagate, does anyone have any views on this manufacturer, I have used Western and maxtor disks in PC's but have never used this make, ?
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:19 AM   #2 (Print)
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Beware of 'bargains' on eBay - £111 for 300mb doesn't sound like much of a bargain to me

You can get 300GB from a trusted source for just a few ££ more...

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Old 12-25-2005, 08:35 AM   #3 (Print)
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300mb hardrive for Tivo at £111 post free

OK if i can get a 300mb hard drive for just a few pounds more as stated do you know what price i will have to pay including postage, and what in your opinion is just a few pounds more?
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Old 12-25-2005, 09:45 AM   #4 (Print)
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I suggest that yopu PM the knackered member.
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:26 AM   #5 (Print)
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I've already sent hamradio a PM, thanks

However, what anybody has to consider when looking for a pre-configured drive upgrade is what sort of backup they're likely to get in terms of support and warranty service.

At one end of the scale, the cheapest option is always to DIY. With that saving in ££ comes the hassle (some would call it fun) of DIY and the responsibility of knowing that if it all goes wrong you have only yourself to fall back on.

At the other end of the scale, you pay more ££, have virtually everything done for you and get full support and a cast-iron warranty.

I don't know where that seller gets his drives from, but for a 300GB Seagate drive at normal online prices, after p&p, eBay and PayPal fees, that price of £111 would leave a profit of around £7.90 per upgrade - which has to pay not only for for the development of the drive image and the testing and configuration of the drive, but also for all ongoing support and warranty service.

You pays your money and takes your choice...

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Old 12-25-2005, 06:01 PM   #6 (Print)
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300mb hard drive purchase

Well after being told that I could get a 300mb drive for a few pounds more from a reputable supplier i have investigated this and it seems that the cheapest is £179, which in my opinion is more than the few pounds extra which was quoted in answer to my query, and this was also on E Bay, so i will stick to the origanal offer of £111 NEW, incuding post, and as I will be paying by paying by pay pal it should not be a problem
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Old 12-26-2005, 04:03 AM   #7 (Print)
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I bought a cheap pre-configured drive off eBay once and it failed within three months. As it was a Samsung I ran the Hutil check and it found an unrecoverable error. Seller refused to acknowledge anything but Samsung replaced the drive FOC - unfortunately I lost all my recordings and the TiVo image.

I now do all my own upgrades, checking the disk before I put it in (I found one new Samsung with an error), but relying on support from this forum if there is a problem. The quote you got from Blindlemon was not only fair but also from one of the most learned of TiVo enthusiasts. Buy the disk from him and you will be sure it works and continues to work!

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Old 12-26-2005, 04:41 AM   #8 (Print)
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My 3 x Tivo are all running on upgrades from the same dealer offering the 111.00 offer.

One of the three drives had a problem - stuck in guided setup on frozen image with drive making funny noises.

Drive was replaced with no problems. Replacement drive also had a problem with picture breakup in livetv.

Again, replaced with no problems and he changed drive brands.

All three boxes have been 100% ever since.

Cachecards drivers also installed free with a one page a4 giving you details of drive

e.g.
Drive - Seagate 200Gb
Serial Number - 4ND0CXDP
Turbonet Driver Installed - No
Cachecard Driver Installed - Yes
Tivoweb Installed - Yes
IP Address - 192.168.178.40
Gateway Address - 192.168.178.1
Dial Up Method - Phone/ Network When Card Installed
Customer ID - ebay name / email address
Date Supplied - 16th November 2005
Software Version Supplied - 2.5.5a

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Image on drive goes straight into guided setup on startup.

Everything on ebay is a risk but if I needed another drive I would order again from the same supplier.

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Old 12-26-2005, 06:37 AM   #9 (Print)
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Sounds like a very trouble free purchase then!

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Old 12-26-2005, 08:36 AM   #10 (Print)
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I am just lucky when it comes to mail order goods

I ordered a Iriver HD340 from amazon uk

Arrived but when you tried to copy music on it it also made clonks followed by error writing to drive x:

Sent it back, they sent me another one which looked like a customers return and yes also had a duff hard drive.

Got a refund and got one from Argos.

Stopped using it however as no playlist resume.
Playlist resume has now been fixed in latest firmware but have had three different HD based mp3 players since then - all with working hard drives

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Sounds like a very trouble free purchase then!
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Old 12-26-2005, 05:49 PM   #11 (Print)
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I went for a pre-installed upgrade the first time, getting two 120GB drives. It was an emergency really as the old drive had failed.
The second time around I actually bought another TiVo off eBay, copied a TiVo image from it's virgin 40GB drive and expanded it onto a 300GB maxtor drive I bought myself with that LBA48 patch. It was cheaper, fairly simple following instructions, and more phun. I still have the spare TiVo and it's 40GB original drive to sell again too.

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