New Hard Drive for 942

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by scn101, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Nov 4, 2006 #1 of 11
    scn101

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    Since ripping into my 942 a while back that ultimately led me to replace a blown 7812 regulator that was causing my fan to run all the time and my remote to act flakey I thought I'd try my luck at getting a back up hard drive. I figured that since the hard drive seems to run 24x7 it is going to fail sometime. The original drive was a Western Digital SATA drive. I ended up finding a Maxtor 7y250m0 online for $60. Simply pulled out the old drive and put in the Maxtor drive. The 942 booted and gave a hard drive corruption warning asking to reformat the drive. Hit "ok" and the 942 reformatted the drive and came up like new. Tested out just fine.

    I put the old drive back in and it rebooted fine with no loss of recordings.

    Keeping the Maxtor drive as a spare.

    One nice thing too is that this Maxtor drive is also listed as an approved drive for the 622. If I ever upgrade to the 622, I'll have a spare for it too.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2006 #2 of 11
    CABill

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    It was over a year ago that I was reading posts from someone that had an external drive housing to make it easy to swap his drives. $60 is low enough to get me interested. I see that price at a santechusa site. Could you post where you got yours?

    Also - this 7y250m0 model isn't noisy is it?
     
  3. Nov 5, 2006 #3 of 11
    scn101

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    Santech is where I bought my drive. The purchase went very smoothly.

    The Maxtor drive seemed to be just as quiet as the WD.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2006 #4 of 11
    CABill

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    Thanks - I just ordered one.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2006 #5 of 11
    Jon Spackman

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    Interesting. I must say that opening up you 942 voids the warranty, blah, blah. but sounds cool that you found a way to get it back if the drive fails. $60 is pretty cheap and will get it back alive.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2006 #6 of 11
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    Good new:
    Drive arrived quickly. No problem installing it and getting an empty 25 HD hours, or going back to the original drive. Just as scn101 described.

    Bad news:
    I guess I expected the drive to come with a SATA cable - all the other's I've purchased have (but they were "retail box"). I don't want to touch the seal on the existing drive, but rather take SATA outside. I had a spare SATA data and power cable, but the power is the regular 4 connector molex you'd see in a PC. 942 has an odd 5 connector with no wire in the 5th, so I had to use its 2" power connector. I guess I'll need to purchase a SATA to eSATA and external enclosure with its own power and fan.

    Worst News:
    Should have been obvious if I thought about it, but with the empty drive, there were 80 missing Timers. I didn't use the new drive for long as recordings were going to start soon. I'll need to write down the existing Timers to recreate on the new drive when I have more time.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2006 #7 of 11
    P Smith

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    I would connect both to Linux PC and copy files from first two partitions, then 942 should make cleanup new disk by itself
     
  8. gsartori

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    How about a bigger HD, 500G or even 750G? Would they work?
     
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    Care to write a small tutorial on how to do this for us non linux users?
     
  10. wrzwaldo

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    I wonder if connecting both drives to a Linksys NSLU2 would work also? Then you could map the drives in windows and move the files that way. Looks like I have some testing to do.
     
  11. P Smith

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    After few months of thinking :D I recall Ghost could copy EXT2 or EXT3 partitions just fine; so you don't need any OS - use Ghost boot floppy or CD ( yeah, I know it will boot MS-DOS ).
     

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