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post #76 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-10-16, 02:19 AM
 
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I picked up a Hitachi 1 TB disk (HD31000 IDK/7K) at BestBuy today, it seems to work fine. I am stress testing it by recording HD on both tuners all weekend.
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post #77 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-09, 11:52 AM
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Hey guys...

I just got a new 8642 (160GB)...

I have a spare 2.5" (laptop HDD) Seagate Momentus 7200.4 250GB HDD...

Has anyone tried these smaller drives before?

Does anyone know if it will work?

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I have a new HD 8642 PVR and on Status Summary on page 33/39 that there is no HDD info? Is this correct? I would assume it should show the Capitatcy etc

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post #79 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-10, 12:41 AM
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We used to have information on those pages, but not any more. I believe there is some minor info around page 18 - model number, but not as useful as it used to be on the pages in the 30s. We lost the information with the latest firmware update on the 8300. I don't know when it happened with the 8642.

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post #80 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-10, 11:36 AM
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Rented STB, New HDD in empty space?

Hi everybody and 57,

Assuming I could rig up a HDD mount in the empty space next to the existing HDD in my rented 8642, along with a fan to augment the cooling, is it feasible to just unplug the power and sata cords from the existing HDD and put them into the new HDD, still inside the case? Could Rogers tell via the network, even if I don't touch the existing HDD's mounting bracket?

I still have my WD Blue 1TB from my now defunct 8300 expander, which now works great with the 8642, but I can't leave well-enough alone. It would be nice for the HDD to get some sleep every night, can't do that externally.

On a separate note, is there any use for that ethernet port on the box?

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post #81 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-12, 07:24 AM
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My 8642 is way too noisy for my taste. I have it in my bedroom and the HDD noise is driving me crazy - not so much when I'm watching TV though. The hard drive currently installed in the unit is a Western Digital Caviar SE 3.5" 160GB drive (WD1600AAJS). I'm trying to think of a way to make this thing quieter and this is all that I came up with:

1) One way to fix this is to turn off the 8642 overnight, but its more of a hack than a fix.

2) Another way to fix this would be to find a hard drive enclosure that could dampen the hard drive noise - one that would have a SATA connector rather than an eSATA one (possibly use an eSATA to SATA adapter cable). Connecting to the external eSATA port without the internal SATA drive connected results in ER50 error. Smart Drive NEO enclosure seems just about perfect for something like this since it was designed specifically to reduce hard drive noise.

3) Find an SSD that would work with the 8642. Attempted to use OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB SSD as the internal drive - this results in ER53 error.

4) Find a really quiet hard drive. Perhaps a WD Blue drive - no idea if this will help much though.

Any ideas anyone? Perfect solution for me would be to use an SSD internally and a large external SATA drive in a noise-dampening enclosure, but its kind of pricy to buy SSD drives to see if they work with 8642, so I'm stuck there until someone finds one that works - I found one that doesn't

Perhaps I could combine option #2 with option #4 to get a really quiet system?

I could even get something like the Smart Drive PROOF 25+ 2.5" HDD Silencer with a 2.5" HDD that works. 2.5" drive should be quieter anyways and the silencer fits into a 3.5" mounting slot.

Thanks in advance!

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post #82 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-12, 08:15 PM
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5) Move the PVR outside the bedroom .

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post #83 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-13, 09:26 AM
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5) Move the PVR outside the bedroom .
gee why didn't I think of that?

5) I actually did find a #5 - I noticed that if I leave the PVR recording something, it's actually quieter overall than when it's not. The sound is steady and there is no speeding up/down of the disk or any clicking noises.

Unless someone knows of an SSD that works with the 8642, I will probably just buy a hard drive silencer and a quiet hard drive.
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Any experience with WD Caviar Green? ...or other quiet HDD?

In January, I will be receiving an 8642 PVR with 160GB. I will almost immediately be upgrading that to 1TB.

In doing the upgrade, my main requirements are:
  1. must be reliable
  2. must be quiet
  3. low power & low heat (usually related) are desirables
Reading the entries in this thread here at digitalhome and elsewhere, there really seems to be little consensus about which HDD will satisfy those requirements.

In the past, I have had some good experience with putting a 1 TB WD Caviar Green (WD10EADS) into a PC. It wasn't the fastest HDD, but it was fast enough, reasonably quiet and ran cool and reliably.

The WD Green HDD's tend to be quieter and cooler than most HDD's.

Has anyone here had any experience (good, bad, indifferent) with using a WD Caviar Green HDD as an 8642 PVR internal HDD?

Alternately, does anyone have a recommendation for an HDD to satisfy my requirements?

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Have you found the Hitachi 1 TB disk (HD31000 IDK/7K) satisfactory in your 8642? (In general, that HDD has received good feedback from other PC computer forums.)

In particular, do you find it quiet? Is recording and playback reliable?

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post #86 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-26, 07:58 PM
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Hi,
i'm try to swap out the 160 for a 1tb(HD-WD1002FAEX).
Is this just a simple swap? i took out the 160 and added the new drive, turned it on and and i see "Er50", then it cycles a bunch of numbers and its been doing this for 30min, i tried to power cycle it but same thing, do i need to clone the 160 drive? do i need to format the new drive first before using it?
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post #87 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-26, 11:48 PM
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moptrf According to posts earlier in this thread, that HDD does work in this application, however it should only take a few minutes. Make sure the HDD cable is connected well and make sure that the PVR is connected to the RF-Coax incoming cable. That particular model is discussed around pages 2-3 of this thread. Try reading this thread for more details, or use the "search this thread" function for the model number.

Useful post for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741

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post #88 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-27, 03:56 PM
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Thanks 57
I got it working, i somehow broke the Sata connection to the board, got a new replacement, and all good now.
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post #89 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-27, 04:54 PM
 
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Western Digital 1TB Green Drive

Just bought one. Install took 10 minutes. All works fine. Drive model is WD10EARS. Great deal on these drives at the moment!

Interestingly, the green "security" tape had popped off of the drive holder so removing original 160GB drive was trivial and it will be trivial if I have to put the original back in for warranty purposes.

I have not stress tested yet but do not anticipate any problems.
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post #90 of 203 (permalink) Old 2010-12-31, 03:04 PM
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Solid State Drives?

Has anyone tried using an SSD (eg, Intel X25-M 120 GB -- approx $200)in the 8642, or even heard of anyone who has tried this?

It may be an expensive solution but at least it would run silently, cool, low power, fast.

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