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THR 22 best drive to purchase

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#1 OFFLINE   indiana324


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:34 AM

Hi newbie to the thr 22 and would like advice on what 2tb drive would be best to upgrade my new unit..





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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:36 AM

Oh I hate to be "that guy" but it's sort of in the job description... you should not be opening up a THR22 as it violates your customer agreement.
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:01 AM

An external drive could still be considered an upgrade.


I think this thread is still relevant to the THR, though as it's 140 pages would require some searching. One popular enclosure, the MX-1, is no longer available for example.






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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:11 PM

Fry's has a nice 2TB server drive that is rated at 24X7 operation which would work fine. I think it is around $115.

Why burn another 30 watts or so 24X7 with an external drive when you can just swap out the internal drive.

The internal drive will be spinning and doing nothing when the external drive is plugged in and that's just a waste of power.


The "Green" people would be very happy if you replaced the internal drive also as they are always suggesting that people put a off switch on all equipment that draws power when they are turned off. All remote controlled TV's and such pull about 5 watts when "off" Even your computer is drawing power when you turn them off.

If you add up all of the devices sitting idle over the US pulling "OFF" power that adds up to a lot of watts and a waste of oil / coal / or natural gas!

I have a waver strip on my computer system monitor, and printers to kill all power after I shut the computer off.

(Off my soap box now)


The big mistake that TiVo did when they wrote the operating system for the THR22 is not having the external drive work with the internal drive to add recording capacity. If they did do this, then owners would not be so quick to pry open the DVR and stick a larger drive in. (most likely stop it completely)

But from D*'s point of view, they didn't want the THR22 to compete with their DVR's with the larger drive. and not so convenient GUI.


Just save your old drive to put back in just in case you need to send the THR22 back for a replacement.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:14 PM

The internal external at the same time I believe is hardware limited in this case.

And I don't have any tv and such that pulls 5 watts. Maybe 1 or 2.

What really needs to happen is DVRs need to spin down drives for most the time they are powered off. That would be nice.

And the reason not to replace his internal is that he doesn't own it an can cause warranty issues as well as he could be charged for it in full if they found out.

With that said does TiVo even work with an esata though?

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 12:56 AM

Generally speaking, use AV-GP kind of drives

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:02 PM

I am using a WD20EURS 2TB drive with mine (in an external enclosure.)


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 07:20 AM

I am using  Seagate ST1500DL003 1.5 tb drive got it for $79.99 after rebate . Using antec M1A enclosure modded with 80 mm fan 2spd cut thru side,when original died. Works well some freeze ups, have to reset. It's ben running 2 yrs  now.  I would just buy any 1.5-2 tb drive with decent specs as all drives have changed over the years and almost all can handle the video recording of 2 streams effortlessly


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 07:23 AM

and if you'll use MHDD (get SMART, run scan+remap, SMART again) you and we would know what's good or bad inside of the HDD ...

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 07:25 AM

It seems when resetting to map the bad sectors on drive as it takes a few months before requiring reset again.

 Does anyone know any other way to check drive, I have no desktop computer, no experiance with linux to check drive.

When going thru menu does the temp listed for the internal drive only?

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 11:44 AM

MHDD could be run from a floppy, USB stick or CD-ROM; practically you'll need any PC with SATA controller what is recognizable by MHDD (old desktop with P-I/II/III will works fine)


as to "reset bad sectors"... well you didn't grasp whole concept of remapping:

(short description):

- each HDD has reserved area (max 4096 sectors for some drives), if FW discover bad (unrecoverable ) sector,  it will mark sector header and whole map of drive, then will change a reference address to new good sector in that reserved area

- when all sectors from the reserve would be taken and new bad sector found, the drive will degrade beyond repair ( by FW)

Edited by P Smith, 11 September 2014 - 11:50 AM.

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 11:22 PM

Well we all know who's the computer, HDD and FW/SW smarts here  :rotfl:   jk.

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