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2017-10-13 03:47 PM
57 RTN was the "red and black" firmware between SARA and Navigatr. Some people managed to stay on SARA with their 8642s until very recently and then were "force-downloaded" Navigatr.
2017-10-13 02:51 PM
Alexandrej Indeed. Thanks.Not sure what RTN firmware was.
2017-10-13 02:37 PM
57
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1. Are you using RTN or SARA firmware?
RTN (not SARA for sure).
Thank you for your post. You're actually running Navigatr firmware.
2017-10-13 02:07 PM
Alexandrej Hello team,

Just updated my busted 500GB iHDD on my Netbox 2.0 8642HD3 with a WD Red 1TB WD10EFRX.

1. Are you using RTN or SARA firmware?
RTN (not SARA for sure).

2. What was the size of the original HDD (160, 320, 500)
WD Green 500GB WD5000AVDS

3. Did you do anything to the drive before insertion (computer format, change dips, etc).
Absolutely nothing. Unplugged old iHDD. Took the WD red out of the plastic pouch and plugged it in. Did not change and jumpers, etc.

4. Make/model of new drive
WD Red NAS 1TB - WD10EFRX

5. Firmware version number
6.4.0.112 dated June 9, 2017

6. Anything else you may feel is relevant
The iHDD has failed but the box was still working. The only issued is I could not record anymore. Every time I tried to record, I would get the following message "Recording failed - duplicate recording failed" despite the fact that in the "my recordings" menu, PVR showed no recordings and no scheduled recording as well as PVR usage at 0.00%.
Called Rogers tech support yesterday evening and after doing basic checks, they wanted me to swap the box I owned with a rental one... nice try. They did not know what was the problem. They told me to have the box checked at the Rogers store to see what was the problem. Of course, when I went to the store this morning, they did not know ho to check the box. So my gut feeling was the iHDD had gone south and reading this thread from the beginning, it appears I could change it fairly easily. So I did and everything is fixed now. I can record two threads at a time and schedule recordings.
I plugged the iHDD in, plugged the TV Cable feed in the Cable in connector, so the box could download the OS onto the iHDD automatically. Plugged in the box and just sat back and relaxed. The box restarted a few times and everything came up nicely by itself. Not tweaking of any sort.

I hope it helps anyone looking at upgrading their Netbox 2.0 8642HD3 with a WD Red 1TB WD10EFRX.

Have a great day!
Alexandre
2017-08-23 05:01 PM
pgcairo Just installed WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s with 64MB Cache. Without the cable connection, it simply ran thru the formatting over and over. Plugged in the cable and it completed both the formatting and the cable reboot in about 4 minutes. Up and running.
2017-04-17 10:15 PM
jasonchan I tried installing a Crucial MX300 525GB SSD; but it put the box into a reformat loop. I settled on a traditional HD - Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB - larger and still quieter than the original 500GB WD drive.
2017-04-09 11:11 PM
Turbo5
RIK

Just replaced the hard drive in my nextbox 8642, 500 Gb. I installed a Seagate Desktop HDD 1TB 3.5" SATAII 32MB Cache OEM Hard Drive (ST310005N1A1AS-RK), it has a 32mb cashe. It installed and booted up easily about 30 minutes. It seems to be working well and is reading lmost the full terabite.
2017-01-08 02:28 PM
Widster One day in and everything is working well. I can confirm that I am using a 64mb cache. Looking at the original post re: 64mb I don't think that it was ever proven that the cache size was the problem as there were other variables in the mix. If any problems arise I will update the thread.
Another observation, the pathetic Rogers Interactive Programming Guide is working twice as fast as before although it is still really slow. I own a second 8642HD that I bought at BestBuy a few years ago and for whatever reason it continues to use the old Programming Guide. Nice and simple and fast.
2017-01-08 12:39 PM
alebowgm
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Originally Posted by AVphile View Post
Sorry but what is the cache concern? I haven't seen this mentioned before here.
The hard drives that shipped with the Cisco 8642HD units has 32MB cache vs. 64MB cache. In 2012 when these units came out and people began swapping out the hard drives and tried to use 64MB cache drives they wouldn't work and you had to use a 32MB cache drive, which for the most part do not exist anymore. So good to hear someone used a 64MB cache drive and it seems to be working. Perhaps they solved the software flaw.
2017-01-08 01:59 AM
AVphile
Internal HDD Replacement - Rogers 8642 PVR - Read Post 1

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I too am tempted to put in a WD1003FZEX but am wary of the 64mb cache concern.
Sorry but what is the cache concern? I haven't seen this mentioned before here.
2017-01-07 05:45 PM
Widster Went out today and bought a tamper free torx set from Princess Auto for $5.99. Stopped at Computer Canada and grabbed the WD1003FZEX. Plugged it all in. It display ER62 then ran through r numbers for a while. I came back in about 20 minutes and the time was displaying. I gave it another 10 minutes and pushed on. It works. I need more testing but the ribs on my BBQ are more important at this time.
2017-01-07 11:39 AM
AVphile

I installed this WD10EFRX with 64MB cache and it ran but after a while wouldn't stop chattering. I didn't know 64MB cache was an issue!
2017-01-06 12:34 AM
Widster The HD also failed on my 8642HD. I too am tempted to put in a WD1003FZEX but am wary of the 64mb cache concern. Can anyone that installed this model as a replacement confirm that it uses a 64mb cache and that it is compatible?
2016-12-28 09:12 PM
TBurban Hello group; I'm looking to upgrade my 8642 PVR has anyone successfully upgrade using either a WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s with 64MB Cashe or a WD Black WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s with 64MB cashe? As I cannot find any drives with 32MB cashe.
2016-04-08 01:58 AM
embee87 Hi 57, I will check that aspect this weekend. I have one cable splitter feeding the PVR and the Rogers digital box (to replace the analog tuner in my TV) so I doubt this is the issue. The PVR feeds a dvd recorder that I use with rewritable dvds which is currently recording things until I can resuscitate the PVR record feature. I used to use a splitter with a booster to feed the TV, a dvd recorder, VHS and/or Beta vcrs when the analog tuners were able to work and everything was fine. I removed the WD Green 160 GB drive and reformatted this (fat32) and put it back in the PVR for the time being (results were the same on the new 500 GB and the reformatted 160 GB). We'll see what happens when I use the cable on just the PVR.
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