Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Recommendation AGAINST WD Green Drives
Just to add some comments to this thread that I shared with lonetreeJim earlier:
Yesterday I came to the conclusion that I would pick up the Western Digital Black WD1001FALS hard drive model for the 8642 upgrade. I've been reading up on the WD website and I think the best replacement for the Blue line (in larger capacity models) is the Black line. The Green SATA drives have had too many issues in the Digital Home External Hard Drive thread on this site. I did a search through that thread for "WD10EADS" to remind myself of what I had remembered readying previously, and I don't like what I found. Although the Green drives are my choice for many PC applications, I don't currently trust them in this PVR application... too many reports of problems for my liking, and there were different hardware revisions of that particular Green model quoted above, so you don't know what you're getting when you buy it (3 and 4 patter versions apparently were shipped with different results depending on which one you got).
I didn't want to purchase any drives smaller than 1TB, and I want to say how valuable it is that lonetreejim did the test with the 1.5TB drive showing that the 8642 box didn't properly report the size. Excellent test! I'd say that's pretty decisive results that this device will not register more than 1TB per drive. An external 1TB drive may still be able to be connected, something I may test later. Tomorrow I'll install a WD1001FALS drive in place of the internal 160GB Blue drive that came with the unit.
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