Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Toronto, Rogers, SA3200, SA3250HD, SA8300PVR, SA8300HD-PVR, Samsung 46" LCD, Infocus 4805 Projector
Job done! Thanks for all your help. I upgraded to the Western Digital 500GB (WD5000AAKB) IDE drive today successfully. I also took some detailed step-by-step pictures to share. Is there anyway to post it here to compliment this thread?
I have the 8300HD and I think there are some differences how to remove the hard drive (e.g. the number of screws, where they are located, etc.) between the 8000, 8300, or 8300HD.
I find this internal HDD upgrade to be very easy and clean. No need for extra cables and power of an external drive. No need to worry about powering up the external enclosure first after a power failure, etc.
The cost, time and difficulty is very minimal. My only cost was a Torx10 security bit, a 500 IDE HDD, and 30-45 minutes of my time (even including taking pictures). I'd highly recommend this internal upgrade over an external upgrade, IMO. Also, the process is completely reversible without leaving any evidence of the mod (as far as I can tell).
BTW, what's the best way to confirm the new HDD size? I went on the diagnostic screen and on page 33, it says I now have 469GB, but on page 3, it showed some crazy file size like, 93,354,453,353
Last edited by SuperGoop; 2007-12-28 at 10:14 PM.