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post #31 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-08-25, 03:39 PM
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Will this drive work?

Will the following drive work? Maxtor 300GB Ultra16 PATA Internal Hard Drive. Its on sale at Future Shop for $109.99 (save $140).

If not, then I will probably buy the Maxtor 6L300R0 from MicroBytes for $119.00 since other people have bought so it must work.

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post #32 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-08-29, 07:24 PM
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The Maxtor 300GB Ultra16 PATA Internal Hard Drive from Future shop is exactly the same drive as the Maxtor 6L300R0 from MicroBytes.

I bought the one from Futureshop and it is written 6L300R0 on it...
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post #33 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-09-06, 11:11 PM
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300GB drive for $92.99 + tax

Thanks PierreP - you are absolutely correct. I just bought the kit drive from FutureShop and it is indeed the 6L300R0 inside the box.

I think I got a really good deal. Best Buy has it on sale for $99.99 (until Sep 7th). At FS the regular price is $169.99 - its not on sale this week. So because of their best price guarantee - they meet any advertised price plus 10% of the difference. I ended up buying it at FS for $92.99 + tx = $105.96.

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post #34 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-09-10, 05:27 PM
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I got Maxtor 6L300R0 too last Thursday using pricematch (against BB's $99.99) and additional $5 off with Future Shop credit card, so it ended up being $87.98 in my case. Seems to be working fine in my SA 8300HD.

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post #35 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-09-17, 10:34 AM
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Thanks! Upgrade Complete

Thank you for this thread and all the inspiration it provided! Just finished my upgrade, to the same Maxtor 300gb hard drive mentioned at the top of this thread. The process worked as easily as mentioned in the posts that preceded mine. This could not have been much easier. I would only add one point to what 'Phatboyc' said in post #21, I had to connect the cable to the back of the PVR for the process to complete fully (I tried by just hooking up the power).
Hopefully my wife will be able to manage all her shows without running out of recording space ... my life will be so much better now!

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post #36 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-12-11, 09:27 PM
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Just completed the upgrade on my SA8000HD with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB hard drive. It went flawlessly. I purchased it from OEM Express at 109$, backed up by a 5 year warranty.

Thanks for this thread, I will finally stop running out of disk space! (for a while at least)
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post #37 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2006-12-13, 01:08 AM
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Just for the record. Mine hasn't been making any strange noise and I have it running for 8 1/2 months now with the power hungry Maxtor.

But anyone purchasing a new drive should look at the current draw rating. No more than 530 mA when it reads/write which is about the same as original.
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post #39 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-23, 10:41 AM
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I'm having a heck of a time trying to find a #10 tamper-proof torx bit. Cdn Tire seems to carry the #15 and #20, PartSource doesn't carry them at all, and the link to Princess Auto doesn't work anymore.

Does anyone know where to get these in Toronto (or alternately, if anyone in the TO area wants to sell/loan me theirs, I'm interested!)

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post #40 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-23, 01:16 PM
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post #41 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-23, 03:42 PM
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Canadian Tire has two different Torx folding key sets with 8 Torx keys on them. Both have the T10.
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post #42 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-27, 08:50 PM
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I bought my tamper-proof torx at home depot
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post #43 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-30, 03:57 PM
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hi, just picked up a 8300HD from FS, so I now, somewhat shockingly to my self, own one. My rental's going back in a few days...

There's a lot of good info on this thread, but some of it's out of date (broken links, etc.)

I'm wondering about the following:

1) What's the -largest- HD that can be put in this thing these days, given the limitations/capabilities of the unit (max power consumption, IDE, etc.)?

2) To open it up, I need the secure Torx #10 - is the only way of buying these as part of a set? I see mention directly above regarding CT, HomeDepot, etc., but no current links showing the best/cheapest product to buy. I can't think of anything else I'd ever own that needs this type of driver, so blowing money on a set seems a bit silly (unless you can convince me there are other usages for these bits)

3) I'm assuming that there's no nice way of cloning the data from my existing box - I've got a couple things saved that'd be nice, but I assume the files are encrypted based on the specific serial of the box.

Any other considerations that may have crept up of late regarding the internal upgrade would be good. I know the external SATA option is on the table, but the noise is an issue for me, hence the internal surgery...

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post #44 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-03-30, 11:38 PM
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but the noise is an issue for me
External will not be any louder than internal. No fan, just drive seeking in both cases. If you open it up you can't return it legitimately under warranty. I got my bits at Princess Auto. They have them all the time. 500 GB is the largest I have heard. Forget about cloning.
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post #45 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2007-04-11, 07:47 AM
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Western Digital has just announced a line of CE/AV hard drives.

I believe Seagate and Hitachi have them as well. These sound like what we should be using both for internal replacements and external add-ons. The problem will be availability here in Canada. The HDD manufacturers predict a large growth in this segment. Hopefully they will soon be available at your corner computer store.
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