|Moxi 3-tuner DVR
|Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD204UI OEM 2TB 5400RPM 32MB cache
After chief-j said he had a failure with the 2-tuner and the drive above, jonnyb said he had success with it in his 3-tuner, I decided to purchase one and try it in my 3-tuner unit. I had originally purchased the WD below, but it would freeze during playback from time to time for about 20 seconds and then continue on. Anyway, I was still looking for the largest capacity drive that wouldn't have any issues, so that why I took a gamble on the Samsung Spinpoint since jonnyb seemed to be having no issue. I purchased it from NewEgg.
I originally had posted earlier that this drive was a failure in the 3-tuner units, but I have retracted that and changed it to success. I had tried several times and about an hour of my time this afternoon trying to get it to initiate an install of the moxi software but had no success and finally gave up. I placed the 2tb WD drive (listed below) back in and decided to watch the remaining shows that were on there. Several hours later, I decided to give the Samsung drive one last try tonight, but I really didn't expect it to take it. SURPRISE! It seemed to take the install this time. The reason that I said "seemed" is due to that I haven't actually recorded anything yet, but everything else appears to be working fine. I'm not going to even try any recording anything until tomorrow. I have a CableCard installed and it takes it a while for all of my channels to sync up. I'll have to report back here in a few days if recording is working okay or not.
UPDATE PART 2:
I've recorded three shows at the same time and the Samsung drive appears to have no issue. I also watched one of the recorded shows with no apparent freezing. I guess that it will take about week or so before I feel fully comfortable with this drive.
|Moxi 3-Tuner DVR
|Western Digital - Caviar Green 2TB Internal SATA Hard Drive
|Success (but recordings sometimes freezes and then starts playing again after +/- 20 seconds)
Based on what I'm seeing with this Samsung, I'm not sure what to say about the success or failures of some drives. Perhaps some people should consider trying some of their larger drives again just to be absolutely sure.
I guess that I will try and use the WD listed above as an external USB drive for the moxi and see how it performs. Off to eBay to order my parts for it. in a moment.
One final note regarding the new Samsung drive. After I installed it, my cablecard (M-card) partially stopped working. It shows me all of my channels, but the premiums will no longer come in and posts a message saying that I am not a subscriber of them, along with a few others. I did have to call comcast, and they tried a few different tricks over the phone that didn't work. They finally scheduled a tech to come by and check things out on Friday. I don't know if it was just a coincidence that I had issues with cablecard at the same time the I replaced the WD drive with the Samsung, or not.