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WeaKnees Now Offering HR20 Upgrades


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#41 OFFLINE   cygnusloop

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:59 PM

Or, if your upgrading:

750GB drive and enclosure, $350-$400

weaKnees 750GB upgrade, $449

That's only $50-$100 premium. Is that too much to pay for an upgraded internal drive on a leased HR20, with D*'s blessing?

If the upgrade has D*'s blessing,
and if you get to keep the drive.

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#42 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:03 AM

If the above is true, the only reason why anyone would have any desire to upgrade the internal is to save power that the enclosure would use... but other than environmental reasons, most people would rather forget the trouble and pay the extra money...

Depending on where your HR20 is placed, the addition of an external drive may not be practical or possible. E.g., one of my four HR20's is inside a cabinet with limited space available for an external drive. Another HR20 is mounted sideways on a wall bracket, sitting behind a katty-corner wall-mounted plasma panel. /steve
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:14 AM

Depending on where your HR20 is placed, the addition of an external drive may not be practical or possible. E.g., one of my four HR20's is inside a cabinet with limited space available for an external drive. Another HR20 is mounted sideways on a wall bracket, sitting behind a katty-corner wall-mounted plasma panel. /steve


That sounds aesthetically pleasing, Steve. Being a long term electronics junkie, and a slob, I don't have the same aspirations and some times lose site of those with a modicum of class.

I use a 7 ft tall 19" rolling rack, with movable and slotted shelves, so I can pretty much do anything I want. My aesthetic angle is covered with MagnaPlanar front mains.:D

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#44 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:16 AM

My aesthetic angle is covered with MagnaPlanar front mains.:D

Sweet! Bet they sound awesome! :) /s
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:54 AM

From all I have read on the HR20-700 all you would have to do is open the unit and replace your 300GB with a new HD. Am I correct? You don't have to do anything to the software.


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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:29 AM

From all I have read on the HR20-700 all you would have to do is open the unit and replace your 300GB with a new HD. Am I correct? You don't have to do anything to the software.
I can do this:D

And in doing so, you just violated the lease agreement, and broke a seal.
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:48 AM

From all I have read on the HR20-700 all you would have to do is open the unit and replace your 300GB with a new HD. Am I correct? You don't have to do anything to the software.


Besides the warranty issues described earlier ... and per Earl's review of the -700 last year ... replacing the drive in a -700 is not a trivial task ... must easier in a -100 ... but breaks the warranty seal ...

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:08 AM

I didn't see it mentioned, but the only benefit I could possibly see to upgrading the internal instead of using eSATA is that the 750GB drive could run quieter or cooler than the drive that's in there.

I seem to recall someone saying that the HR20 did not run any cooler when using eSATA, which could mean the internal drive is still powered up even when it is unused.

Keeping my HR20 in a closed cabinet, and since it was 112 in SoCal yesterday, and I don't want to pay a ton of money for A/C, heat is a concern.
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#49 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:08 AM

Besides the warranty issues described earlier ... and per Earl's review of the -700 last year ... replacing the drive in a -700 is not a trivial task ... must easier in a -100 ... but breaks the warranty seal ...



"or so you've heard", right? Not that you've done it ;)
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 11:26 AM

Well, there could be some people who paid over $800 and OWN their HR20s, so they can do what they want. Replace the hard drive ... paint it black ... you know. The usual upgrades! :)

(P.S. I'm not one of those people!

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 01:17 PM

Or, if your upgrading:

750GB drive and enclosure, $350-$400

weaKnees 750GB upgrade, $449

That's only $50-$100 premium. Is that too much to pay for an upgraded internal drive on a leased HR20, with D*'s blessing?

If the upgrade has D*'s blessing,
and if you get to keep the drive.


That price is a little off for the 750GB. The Seagate Free Agent that a lot of us use is only $250.

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 02:55 PM

"or so you've heard", right? Not that you've done it ;)

lc, correct!

Haven't done it and don't plan to. eSATA has been flawless.

#53 OFFLINE   cygnusloop

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 03:37 PM

That price is a little off for the 750GB. The Seagate Free Agent that a lot of us use is only $250.


I understand there are cheaper options, but for a fair comparison to the weaKnees upgrade, my estimation was for the Seagate DB35 Series ST3750840SCE, the same drive they use. See post #40.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:29 AM

As stated by Earl and others, this is not a bargain and if you have to replace your HR20 for any reason, you lose the drive that was installed by Weaknees.

750GB Seagate Drive $199.99 (with free shipping)

Antec MX-1 ESATA enclosure $48.36


Anyone know if the SATA cable included with the Antec MX-1 is compatible with the HR20? Thanks.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:33 AM

Anyone know if the SATA cable included with the Antec MX-1 is compatible with the HR20? Thanks.

The eSATA cable with the MX-1 is fine. Just installed two MX-1's.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 10:59 AM

That sounds aesthetically pleasing, Steve. Being a long term electronics junkie, and a slob, I don't have the same aspirations and some times lose site of those with a modicum of class.

I use a 7 ft tall 19" rolling rack, with movable and slotted shelves, so I can pretty much do anything I want. My aesthetic angle is covered with MagnaPlanar front mains.:D


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