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    Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

    This is a discussion on Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade within the Sky+ HD Supertelly forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Please can anyone tell me which current 2T hard drive to install into an Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade. It ...

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      Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Please can anyone tell me which current 2T hard drive to install into an Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade.
      It seems the Western Digitel Green Drive 'WD20EARX is unsuitable from a lot of posts i've read.


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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Apologies for not responding last night, I knew that I would need to find some current links and was also hoping that someone else may have jumped in. Purely for making things simple for myself I will show price links to the Amazon site where possible, but you should look around for a better price first.

      The drive used by Sky is the Seagate Pipeline HD (500GB). Seagate does do a 2TB version which would work:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Pipe...8137989&sr=8-2

      WD have a couple of drives which should work:

      WD AV-GP 2TB (aka WD20EURS) (Western Digital's current model):
      Western Digital 3.5 inch AV-GP 2TB SATA 3 GB/s 64MB Internal Hard Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

      WD20EARS (Western Digital's previous model)
      WD Caviar Green 2 TB Internal hard drive Serial ATA-300 3.5" WD20EARS

      List of WD drives intended for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs):
      WD AV-GP
      http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/librar...879-701250.pdf

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      A bit of advice if you use a wd drive
      i would connect it to a pc and disable head parking on it first

      one of my nas's has a 2tb wd in it and it had parked its heads 2.1 million times in the 12 months its been installed

      you can google the util to disable parking

      here's the thread i was talking about the issue
      on a nas forum

      http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org...p?f=68&t=25569
      Last edited by Shonk; 20-09-12 at 03:50 PM.

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Great! thanks for info. I have ordered Seagate 2TB 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Pipeline HD, will update thread when installed.
      Thanks again

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Update *
      ok, first I dismantled my box, here is the video ( ) copied all the recordings from old drive to new drive using latest beta version of exPVR . Re assembled and turned on the box and it stuck in stanby mode for a while. After about ten minutes I tried turning it on again and it turned on ok. I have gone from about 2% free to 86% free all working fine with no problems.
      Thanks for advice everyone.

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Quote Originally Posted by d0ink001 View Post
      Please can anyone tell me which current 2T hard drive to install into an Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade.
      It seems the Western Digitel Green Drive 'WD20EARX is unsuitable from a lot of posts i've read.
      Ive been using a 2TB seagate pipeline PVR HDD in my sky box for over a year now and I still get problems with it some times picture freeze or sound goes and sometimes in the EPG it will say part recorded when the whole program has recorded but you will find the picture broke up during the recording.
      I have tried this drive in more than one sky box using the latest firmware so I know its not the box.

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      From my experience (with a 1TB Seagate Pipeline upgrade that had similar problems including the dreadred Technical fault 7 error) I am still not convinced that Advanced Format drives work 100% with Sky boxes. Unfortunately all 1TB+ PVR drives on the market now are advanced format.

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Just a point. In your video you removed the back panel. You dont need to. You can reach hard drive screws with long screw driver. You also do not need to remove the top PCB completely from all the wiring. Just get an antistatic bag and lay it on top. The less wires you need to disturb the better

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Anyone tried this 3TB drive yet? It's a good price.

      Seagate 3TB Barracuda Hard Drive - 3.5" SATA-III.. | Ebuyer.com

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      Re: Which CURRENT (september 2012) 2T hard drive to use for Amstrad DRX890 as an upgrade

      Drives larger than 2.3TB require a different file system. It won't work.

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