As long as it fits okay but I would like the see the hard drive breathe or get air as much as possible so consider that. It's not like the DVR will be in an RV or a vehicle that is moving so you really don't need to secure it that much.
I've decided to remove the foam. The foam is packed in there pretty tight, too dense for any air to circulate on the side of the drive pressing against it.
Sounds like you've done quite a few of these, what do you usually do with the foam?
Weaknees is for people with lots of Disposable Income who feel they can't do the Upgrade or do not want to do the Upgrade.
For the Average Joe Sixpack I would think they would be more inclined to do the install theirself especially if they have replaced a hard drive in a PC.
I had them Upgrade my HR10-250s way back when but they also copied the Recordings from the Old Drive to the New Drive which I didn't how to do so I let them do it.
Yes and no.
Yes, Weaknees is definitely for people with disposable income. A friend of mine was on the verge of buying one of their external hard drives. Have you seen the prices on those things
She didn't realize you could plug in any old esata hard drive. Doesn't even know what esata is. Just assumes if you want higher capacity you have to buy it through weaknees.
So average Joe Sixpack may not even know they can do this on their own. But given the level of education/intelligence of Joe Sixpack in America I would not say this is a Joe Sixpack job. Joe Sixpack barely understands how to work their computer/microwave/cellphone/etc. This hard drive upgrade is easy for someone who's cracked open their PC case a time or two and knows how the cables plug/unplug, knows how to install a hard drive, etc. If you've never done these things before (Joe Sixpack) good luck!
What's that foam made out of? There is a "Right to know" law that says that we have the right to know of any materials that could be dangerous. If that foam overheats and releases vapors, what exactly will happen? The 24s should come with an MSDS sheet that explains fully what those vapors are.
If they had a warehouse full of those foam pads and a fire occurred, the first thing a fireman would ask for is the MSDS data for those pads. If it wasn't produced they could just let the warehouse burn to the ground.
I am calling it foam because the previous guy called it foam. So just to use consistent terminology. But foam is not a good name for it. It's a sponge. I don't know what it's made of, it's made of the same thing sponges are made out of because it is
Again, leaving the foam/sponge in there with a 2TB drive it's packed in very densely so there's no room for air to circulate on that side of the drive.
That's a fifteen minute job for them. That works out to $500 a hour for labor. For someone that's never done it, it might take an hour. It's really simple when you know how to do it.
Yeah, it probably took me an hour. But that's because one I had all six of the side clips disengaged I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get the lid off. Intuitively I wanted to pull the case off from the front and just couldn't figure out how to do that. After quite a bit of frustration I discovered that you lift from the back and then the whole thing comes apart.