Originally Posted by cuzzin
Yeah, I guess I can do some pointless recording just to fill my drive up. Why the sudden confidence in these SV35 drives though? And what "hype" are you referring to regarding that drive? They are practically unheard of around here and they are not designed for set top box DVRs. The recommendation of the SV35 in that review was baseless. I would feel safer going with something that has at least some
sort of following (which is why I was eager to get a Maxtor Quickview before I learned of the DB35). But if you feel confident in that drive, it's your money and I guess you could always try it out. As far as my drive goes, I guess the quickest way to fill it up would be to just record a lot of pointless stuff and save it. I will do my best to reach 90% soon.
I didn't say I had "sudden confidence" in these drives--I have great "interest." I do
respect the information I have been given, as well as the source. That was not a "review" in the strictest sense of the word. It was an opinion rendered by someone who has real-world experience with Seagate drives and subjects them to far greater intensive applications than we do with our external drives.
If I remember correctly, I was the one who told you about the DB35 drives, and at the time, no one here had used one--you were going to be the "pioneer." But in order to make an informed judgment about the DB35 and its suitability for use with the 8300HD, it will be necessary to push it to its capacity to see when, or if, it quits performing flawlessly. I will do that with the SV35--its "claim to fame" is that it is designed to record "multiple data streams simultaneously," and in a 24/7 environment. It makes no representations relative to audio, so that will be another test for it under our self-designed "stress test." (And I believe that "audio" was the other "data" referred to by my source, although I cannot be positive about that.)
I agree that there has been no mention of the SV35 in this thread--but there also was no mention of the DB35 before I brought it up. As I said before, I am always looking for a better mousetrap, and I think the SV35 is a relatively new series--the first mention I have seen of it was in November 2006--but I could be mistaken, and it wouldn't be the first time.
I simply want what everyone else here wants--the largest capacity, most reliable, and glitch-free external SATA drive for recording HD content from the 8300HD. You mentioned the TiVo S3 with regard to the DB35 drives, but you have to remember that TiVo is a completely different beast with completely different software! We are "crippled" by our SARA software, and who knows what is going to happen with Navigator. If you recall from the quote I posted, the comment was made that the DB35 has features that are limited by the software driving it. In addition to my two 8300HD DVRs, I have four TiVos, and I can assure you that the software is much more sophisticated than SARA. Therefore, I would suspect that the TiVo software is capable of taking advantage of the DB35 features that SARA cannot. That, of course, is mere speculation on my part. I am neither a programmer nor an engineer, and I rely on their observations and opinions to draw logical conclusions. I am told that the DB35 was not designed for 24/7 operation, whereas the SV35 was. I have no reason to doubt that statement, since the person who made it consults with the Seagate engineers and should be in a position to know. But I also can state, from my own experience and observation, that my 300GB 7200.8 Seagate SATA drives have operated in a 24/7 environment for over a year and with no problems. They will fail at some point, and probably before the 5-year warranty has expired, but so far, so good. Of course, I have no idea how that will compare with the longevity of the DB35 and the SV35 drives.
My 400GB 7200.10 Seagate SATA drive failed immediately, just as you pointed out, and from the experience of others here, we know to avoid the 7200.9 and 7200.10 series of Seagate drives. Your DB35 drive is from the 7200.3 series, and the SV35s are based on the 7200.1 and 7200.2 series. Initial success is important, yes, but in order to say that it is a complete success, you have to fill the drive to capacity, and no one using SARA has filled a 500GB drive and reported its behavior at that point. That's what I want us to do--you fill the DB35, and I will fill the SV35, and then we will see if either of them does what it has been "designed" to do. It's not a competition--it is an experiment and evaluation of two different drives for the express purpose of identifying which, if either, of them is best suited for use as a 500GB external drive with the 8300HD. Hopefully, it will benefit everyone with SARA software.