Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Now in Scarberia!
Another one bites the dust.
It's starting to get to the point where replacing the drives in the 8300HD may not make huge sense. With these old units, the IDE drives are getting quite expensive to replace, at least on a $ to GB ratio, and often are hard to find.
Instead of spending $$$ on a new 320 GB drive, this time I just picked up a used 80 GB drive for $25. It won't hold much, but this is for my home office TV, so storage space is not as critical. I had an old 2002 160 GB drive, but drives from back then are often pretty loud. This 80 GB one is from 2008, so it's pretty quiet. 80 GB drive pulls from old computers are pretty common in computer hardware liquidators, but reports are that the reliability overall for these is not great, for obvious reasons. Still, at $25 I figured it's worth the chance. So far so good.
As for the 500 GB drive, I haven't been able to find one in the last 6 months or so locally. The biggest one I've seen available is the 320 GB. There are a few refurb 400 GB drives around, but the refurbs go for $200, which makes no sense since the new 320 GB drives are $90-100. However, even those 320 GB are getting very hard to source now. It seems the size with the most availability is 160 GB. New 80 GB drives are also available, but they cost within $5-10 of the 160 GB drives, so there's no reason to buy a new 80 GB drive. 80 GB isn't enough for a primary machine either. Even 160 GB is too low for a lot of people.