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post #151 of 461
Hi, I'm new to this post but glad I stumbled upon it (I probably won't be after I spend some $ trying all of these cool upgrades ). I have read all the posts here and in the burner swap post and have a few questions before I get started. Hopefully, someone can help (as the more I reread the posts the more confused I get).

I have a bad burner in my XS32 and was wondering if there was a preferred replacement. It seems that everyone is fairly happy with the LG-GSA-4167B but the LG-GSA-Hxx series also seems to work. Is one favorable to the other?

I'm also looking into purchasing another XS Unit. I can't find a XS54 which I was hoping for because I'd eventually like to set up a multi HDD system similar to nextoo's one listed in post 19. I also remember reading some models have proprietary connections to the burner and do not want to have to rewire or buy adaptors (as I know I'll eventually have to swap out the burner).

Essentially, I'm asking which models can I swap out the burner and hard drive without having to do any adapting or rewiring? I'm leaning towards the XS55 because that way if I go to a multi HDD system I can make use of all 250GB.

Lastly, has anyone tried a 320GB HDD in a XS3x unit? How about a 500GB HDD in a XS5x unit. It seems that if the XS32 can double up then perhaps the others could as well. If a 320GB HDD could work in the XS32 this would give you 4x the original recording capability.

Thanks for all the info so far. Hopefully, my attempts will go smoothly.
post #152 of 461
Thread Starter 
HH37 - welcome to the XS upgrade club.

Regarding the burner - I've had 100% success with both an LG 4167B and an LG H42 burner in my XS32. I'd recommend either, but the H42 series are currently a little easier to find. Try newegg.com or geeks.com. I've ordered from both without a problem. In the burner thread, mattack described some issues with the XS32/H42 combo that mostly seemed to relate to unfinalized DVDs from the old burner. I haven't had that problem, and if you're mostly burning new stuff, you should be okay. I only use Taiyo Yuden 4x and 8X -Rs from supermediastore (or a similar supplier).

If you've ever changed drives in a pc, this is pretty much similar. Obviously unplug and use care and common sense when working on the innards of any electronic device...

The HDDs are simple replacements in ALL XS models with no rewiring required (remove screws and/or bracket, cables and replace). Make sure that you use one of the compatible hard drives listed somewhere in this thread (unless you want to test an unknown model). I'll try to keep the first post updated with known HDDs that work for each model.

The XS32, XS34 and XS54 burners need no rewiring, but may need a little tweaking to get the new burner to fit and open the door. Also, CDs don't seem to play in any replacement burner. The KX50, XS52, XS35 (and maybe XS55?) have custom burner interfaces and cables, so stay away from them if you want a simple burner swap. The XS32 and XS52 seem to have a black level issue (although I have one XS32 that is BLB-free), if you've heard of that. Overall, I'd say try to find an XS54. It's a great unit, and has the most widespread HDD compatibility. Burners are an easy swap (I've used both - LG 4167B and H42). The XS54 networking capabilities are cool, too. My only problems with the XS54 are the continuously running fan and the TV Guide operating system.

I don't know of anyone that has tried a 2X capacity HDD in these models yet (I will in the next few weeks).
post #153 of 461
Thanks for all your help. I just placed an order for a LG GSA H42LK and will be installing that upon it's arrival. I wish I could find a XS54 but only seem to be able to find other models. I have also placed an order for a SEAGATE 320GB (ST3320620A). I'm hopeful that if the XS 32 will accept an upgrade to 160GB HDD it will also take a 320GB HDD.

My main problem is that my burner died and I now have a HDD full of media to burn. I'd like to try the HDD swap once I have the machine open but am reluctant to try it until I get all of my media on Disc. If I remove the old HDD and try the new one will I be able to reinstall the original HDD with all of it's content intact?

I guess if the swaps work I'll probably end up getting another XS32 (I don't need the TVGOS as I have dish network and I believe they are not compatible). If not, I might try a XS34 or wait until I can find a XS54.

Lastly, what is BLB and how can I tell if my unit has it or not?
post #154 of 461
I've got a 500GB Seagate model ST3500641A on the way. I'll test it on the XS35/54/55 and report back. I also want to test it with a Polaroid 2001G.

The XS55 uses a proprietary DVD drive. It is the same drive that is installed in the XS35. Model #DAV-WR542. I decided to go with the XS55 because they have recently become available again. It is virtually impossible to find an XS54.

As far as supporting the XS55 I decided to pick up XS35s from ebay. For around $60 each on average I was able to source out a few XS35s being sold "as is". The core parts I was interested in were the DVD drive, the 160GB HDD, and remote. I figured for $60 or so (plus shipping) those three parts alone were worth it. As a result I've got a couple DVD drives on the shelf in case the drive in the XS55 blows up. Nice thing is the power supplies will also work with the XS54/55 and I've got a bunch of ribbon cables and atapi adapters etc laying around for testing purposes. So I feel good to go for at least the next few years.

By the way I made a mistake on what I mentioned as my "torture" drives. I'm using the 160GBs pulled from these XS35s not 80GBs I stated above. But as I mentioned above the 80GB from my KX50 installed with no problems in the XS55.

edit - by the way for those that may not have caught this the fan mod I posted here is working perfectly.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=856807

With the fan speed adjusted down the Toshiba is silent and yet there is enough air flow to cool the Toshiba when in standby. My guess is that there is enough airflow to cool it when it is in full operating mode as well but the mod allows for turning up the RPMs of the fan if you think it is necessary. Another option might be to install the mod inside the case and adjust down the RPMs permanently.
post #155 of 461
Success, Failure, and More info for your Updates on page 1.

1st the DVD burner swap worked like a charm. Replaced the original burner with the GSA H42LK.

The 320 GB Seagate ST3320620A HDD does not work in my XS32.

After powering down using the 10 second power reset I swapped the HDD. At power up I immediately received the ER7034 code. I tried the power down trick but got the same message ever time I powered back up. I tried switching the jumpers and got the same code. Not once did I see the "Splash screen" or any other indication on the TV that the XS32 was thinking about working. I also tried the few remote trick listed here to try to restore factory defaults (Zoom, 701, Zoom and Menu, subtitle, etc,.) I take it I press "zoom", open the flap, type in "701", close the flap, and hit zoom again. If I'm doing this wrong someone please let me know. Also, any other ideas on how to restore factory defaults?

Additionally, I found it odd is that Video will pass through the unit but not Audio (Which leads me to believe that somehow the audio passes through the HDD). Not sure if that info will help anyone but I thought I'd mention it.

Also, at one point I turned the unit on but had not connected the power to the HDD and got the error code of 7061, which leads me to believe that Error code 7061 indicates some sort of power problem.

I guess I'm the guinea pig for trying to see if I could quadruple the original HDD capacity on the XS32. I was hopeful that if the XS32 could recognize and format a 160GB drive that it would do the same for a 320GB drive. It didn't work for me. At least I can go back to burning DVD's and using my original (tiny) 80GB drive. I'll probably end up going with a know to work 160GB drive in the near future.

Hope this info helps someone. Thanks for all the great info so far.
post #156 of 461
Forgot to ask if someone could direct me to the right forum to discuss recording quality.

How to set up my RDXS32 to match bitrates of my dishnetwork output.
Should I set my recorder to Dolby1, Dolby2, L-PCM, etc.

I tried reading the manual but all I can glean is the obvious (lowering the quality gives you more space). I'm sure there's a happy medium but not quite sure how to figure out what my default settings should be.
post #157 of 461
You need to check that on your own and see what you are happy with. SP-ish quality should be pretty good under most circumstances, but more demanding programming (sports, fast motion, concerts/music) needs higher quality.. until you experiment and see what you are happy with no one can tell you what it "should" be.

I use DM1 sound for normal TV shows, sitcoms, whatever-- where sound isn't important. DM2 for something where sound is a bit more critical but it isn't a "one of a kind" thing. LPCM is the highest quality (uncompressed, basically the same as what's on a CD) but the bitrate is so high you tend to have to set the video quality down a bit. That's reserved for things like concerts and the like where I don't mind maybe having 1 hour per DVD if quality is of the utmost concern.

As for the video bitrate, you just need to experiment. 3.0 is passable but not great, 4.6 (SP) is getting better, anything above 6.0-7.0 starts getting pretty "transparent" in being unnoticable. Keep in mind the DVD spec only allows a 9.2 mbps TOTAL bitrate so while the Toshiba technically allows you to create an out-of-spec DVD not all players will play it. (say you try to make a recording in 9.0 LPCM or something). The highest I tend to go is about 7.0/LPCM and it looks and sounds great.
post #158 of 461
Does anyone know if unfinalized discs from one xs?? model will work on others? I hve an xs32 and thinking of getting an upgraded model. I was thinking of buying an xs35, but now that this board has reported that the DVD drive cannot be replaced, I doubt I will go that route.

So the question is does unfinzalized discs from an xs32 work in an xs34 or xs54, or any other machines?

Thanks
post #159 of 461
I have to suggest this since so many people have contributed information that is so difficult to obtain but... it would be nice, maybe at this point, to recompile the latest list of what drives work (and those that don't work) in what models.

NOTE: Its a shame regarding forum editing rules since so many threads would benefit from having the first post be a "summary table, etc." rather than have one appear repeatedly throughout the post every time it is updated. I once tried to keep a table updated throughout a post by copying and pasting an updated table every time someone posted something that belonged in the table. It worked, but the thread consisted of over a dozen updated tables throughout which I didn't like. Oh well...
post #160 of 461
It's my understanding that the first post in this thread is continually being updated by rickc5 when new information is confirmed.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

One thing I'd like to see is a similar place where which replacement burners work with which Toshiba models would be summarized, unless this exists already and I'm unaware of its location.

In particular, I'd be interested in how to replace a burner in an XS35.
post #161 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by nextoo View Post

I've got a 500GB Seagate model ST3500641A on the way. I'll test it on the XS35/54/55 and report back. I also want to test it with a Polaroid 2001G.

The ST3500641A 500GB Seagate booted fine with the XS55 but only formatted to 250GB. I have not tested it with the XS54 or XS35. My guess is that it will work the same with the XS54. Also for those interested the 500GB drive would not boot with the 2001G.
post #162 of 461
Sorry this information took so long, but it has been worth the wait for KX50 owners, I believe.

I just successfully replaced an OEM Toshiba RD-KX50 DVD-RAM drive with an LG GSA-4167B DVD-RAM drive.

The jumper is set to MASTER, and it's a simple drop-in replacement. It high-speed dubs back and forth, deletes, and mounts DVD-x discs faster.

The power for the new DVD-RAM drive is coming off of a Y-split power cable that feeds both the HDD and the DVD-RAM drives. The proprietary DVD-RAM connections are *completely* disconnected from the KX50 unit, so no re-wiring is necessary!

One drawback: It CANNOT read/edit open DVD-**R** discs from the OEM burner, but it does just fine with new discs and new/used DVD-RAM discs--even if the RAM discs have content burned to them from the OEM DVD-RAM drive.

^ RGN2000 - This may answer your un-finalized disc question from Post #158. Even though we're playing with 2 different units, the generation of HDD/DVD recorder's we're tinkering with share a lot of similarities.

I will try a few other DVD discs and drives that I have just to see what happens, and I will edit this post later today with the DVD-RAM drive's specs after I disconnect the LG GSA-4167B.

Ben
post #163 of 461
I just installed my Sony DRU-800A DVD+/-R(W) into my KX50--and it worked. But that's not the insane part--it reads un-finalized discs from the OEM DVD-RAM drive! It does everything the new LG DVD-RAM drive does in the post above (except reading/writing to DVD-RAM media, of course), but it can read/write the un-finalized DVD-R discs.

I'll update after some more testing.

Ben
post #164 of 461
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 6volt View Post

I have to suggest this since so many people have contributed information that is so difficult to obtain but... it would be nice, maybe at this point, to recompile the latest list of what drives work (and those that don't work) in what models.

NOTE: Its a shame regarding forum editing rules since so many threads would benefit from having the first post be a "summary table, etc." rather than have one appear repeatedly throughout the post every time it is updated. I once tried to keep a table updated throughout a post by copying and pasting an updated table every time someone posted something that belonged in the table. It worked, but the thread consisted of over a dozen updated tables throughout which I didn't like. Oh well...

Quote:
Originally Posted by plplplpl View Post

It's my understanding that the first post in this thread is continually being updated by rickc5 when new information is confirmed.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

One thing I'd like to see is a similar place where which replacement burners work with which Toshiba models would be summarized, unless this exists already and I'm unaware of its location.

In particular, I'd be interested in how to replace a burner in an XS35.

Please check the first post in this thread for a list of HDDs that work (and don't work) in XS models!


I put that in bold to catch everyone's attention. I regularly update the first post with the current HDD model numbers, XS models, and notes, from everyone's posts and my own tests. Depending on my schedule, it may take a few days for me to go through recent posts and do the update. Please let me know if I miss anything. I agree that it's an absolute pain (and inefficient) to look through pages of posts just to find a single bit of info. Or even worse, to not find the info. And, I know we all usually just go to the latest posts in a thread, so it's easy to forget to check out the earliest post. I think I'll move the update at the beginning of the first post so it's even easier to see. We don't have to worry about forum editing rules, stickies, or separate threads for an HDD list and discussions - it's all in this thread.

plplplpl - Work's been really busy this month, so I've been delayed on starting an XS burner thread and keeping the first couple of posts for each model. I'll make it my morning project on the 4th. Nextoo and I discussed the XS35 burner in another thread, and BenWhitmire just posted a successful KX50 burner swap, so with the right power and data cables it should be doable in the XS35.
post #165 of 461
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BenWhitmire View Post

I just installed my Sony DRU-800A DVD+/-R(W) into my KX50--and it worked. But that's not the insane part--it reads un-finalized discs from the OEM DVD-RAM drive! It does everything the new LG DVD-RAM drive does in the post above (except reading/writing to DVD-RAM media, of course), but it can read/write the un-finalized DVD-R discs.

I'll update after some more testing.

Ben

Cool!! I'm hopeful that we can find another brand that works as well as, or better than, the LGs. It's hard to do since it's very hit or miss, and most of us have neither the time nor money to buy and try a bunch of different models.

Can you try a CD and see if it will play? Which data cable and ATAPI adapter did you use? Were they the ones in your earlier post from partstore.com?
post #166 of 461
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rgn2000 View Post

Does anyone know if unfinalized discs from one xs?? model will work on others? I hve an xs32 and thinking of getting an upgraded model. I was thinking of buying an xs35, but now that this board has reported that the DVD drive cannot be replaced, I doubt I will go that route.

So the question is does unfinzalized discs from an xs32 work in an xs34 or xs54, or any other machines?
Thanks

I've been able to read, add to, and finalize all the unfinalized -Rs and -RWs from my XS32 (original burner), in my XS54. A few of them were two years old and only partially full. I've done this with both an LG 4167B and an H42LK in the XS54. No problem in reading or finalizing any of them in the XS32/4167B, either. Mattack has had some problems, so I don't know if it's a media issue (I only use TYs), or what.

I did have a couple that didn't work, but those were from when the original burner was dying, and kept giving can't read disc errors while burning, so I don't think they count.
post #167 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickc5 View Post

... Can you try a CD and see if it will play? Which data cable and ATAPI adapter did you use? Were they the ones in your earlier post from partstore.com?

They are indeed the ones from PartsStore.com. I used the new ATAPI adapter and the new DVD-RAM data cable from there, and they both worked without a hitch. Same part numbers and everything from my earlier post, the KX50/XS52 service manual, and on the packaging.

The regular Audio-CD tests bring up some interesting hits and misses:

CD's do NOT play with the LG GSA-4167B. It just spins for about 30 seconds, then tells me that the disc may be damaged and might require cleaning.

The Sony DRU-800A *does* play an audio-CD, but the timer doesn't count (up or down when I press Display on the remote). And forget about fast-forward/rewind with the audio-CD; it chokes on that.

Here's where it gets weird:

I hooked up my Samsung SH-152 CD-ROM drive into my machine, and it works. It plays audio-CD's like a champ, the timer/track number works flawlessly, *and* I can fast-forward/rewind (old school terms, I know).

I'm going to re-try my LG GSA-H50N DVD-RAM drive again; clearly I missed something the first time around when I tried installing it a couple of weeks ago.

This is some pretty cool stuff.

BW

LG-4167B DVD-RAM - Audio-CD attempt

Sony DRU-800A DVD+/-R(W) - Audio-CD attempt

Samsung SH-152 CD-ROM - Audio-CD attempt

NOTE: The drives mentioned in this post (#167) all have their original firmware and updates from the factory.

UPDATE: I tried the LG GSA-H50N DVD-RAM drive, and the KX50 had no problem accepting it. Too bad the DVD-RAM disc didn't feel the same way. After about a minute, I received a message stating that only playback would be available on the disc. It would only let me high-speed dub DVD-RAM content to the HDD. DVD-R's load and high-speed dub to/from the H50N slower than the Sony DRU-800A drive.

It does, however, play audio CD's, but it's no different that the Sony DRU-800A DVD+/-R(W) drive.
post #168 of 461
Clarification please.

rickc5 in post 138 you said that the ST3160812A did not work in the XS32 but the quote below is vague and it appears that your ST3160812A does indeed work in the XS32. Did this HDD work in your XS32?

Quote:
Originally Posted by rickc5 View Post


My new 160GB ST3160812A drive, which doesn't work in the XS52, works in the XS54 after HDD format. All of these are simple drop-ins, with XS32 and XS52 content accessible by the XS54 (of course, a new or refurbed HDD must be formatted in the unit):


Also, aside from the 250 GB Maxtor have you tried anything larger then a 160GB in the XS32? I'm planning to try more experiments with my XS32 but don't want to duplicate results or buy drives that you may already have but have not yet tested.
post #169 of 461
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HH37 View Post

Clarification please.

rickc5 in post 138 you said that the ST3160812A did not work in the XS32 but the quote below is vague and it appears that your ST3160812A does indeed work in the XS32. Did this HDD work in your XS32?

Also, aside from the 250 GB Maxtor have you tried anything larger then a 160GB in the XS32? I'm planning to try more experiments with my XS32 but don't want to duplicate results or buy drives that you may already have but have not yet tested.

Sorry about that, it is kind of confusing how I wrote it. I shouldn't have included that drive in the same thought with the other two that do work in the XS32, XS52 and XS54. I'll edit that post.

To clarify:

The ST3160812A does NOT work in the XS32 or XS52. It does work in the XS54. So far, I can only confirm that the 80GB Maxtor 4R080L0 and the 160GB Seagate ST3160022A work fine in an XS32, as I've personally tried a couple of each. Since the XS32 service manual also lists the 80GB Seagate ST380012A, I'm sure that will work. A 160GB Seagate 6L160P0 is listed in the manual for the XS35, so that may work, too.

I haven't tried anything over 250GB in an XS32. You tried the 320GB, and I've tried a 160GB ST3160812A, a 250GB 6R250L0, and older 40GB and 120GB HDDs, none of which work. In an XS52, dwannab tried a 160GB ST3160023A, which has specs very similar to the original HDD, without success. In an XS54, nextoo tried a 500GB, and it works, but only formats to 250GB.

It's still possible that there is some reset procedure for non-OEM drives that we haven't stumbled on, but I'm less hopeful that a variety of different model and size HDDs will work as drop-in replacements in the XS32.
post #170 of 461
Rickc5, with all of the swapping out on these machines, and the LG drives being a multi drive, what's the chance that a dual layer disc would work? Or is the firmware unable to handle something like the dvd-r dl?
post #171 of 461
Hi all.

I received a couple more Seagate U Series 9 hard drives (just stocking up for that inevitable day) and thought I'd at least share the specs on them:

Seagate
U Series 9
80 Gbytes

Model: ST380012ACE
S/N: 5JV2ZLZV
P/N: 9W6022-001

HDA P/N: 100275523
Config: CUA-03
Firmware: 4.06

Date Code: 04172
Site Code: WU

--------------------------------

Seagate
U Series 9
80 Gbytes

Model: ST380012ACE
S/N: 5JV28FF9
P/N: 9W6022-001

HDA P/N: 100275523
Config: CUA-03
Firmware: 4.06

Date Code: 04144
Site Code: WU

Again, this is nothing new. Just posting some numbers, so maybe a numbers guru can figure out some sort of pattern.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 88redhonda View Post

Rickc5, with all of the swapping out on these machines, and the LG drives being a multi drive, what's the chance that a dual layer disc would work? Or is the firmware unable to handle something like the dvd-r dl?

88redhonda - While I'm not the person you asked, if you want an opinion, then I wouldn't bet on getting anything out of a DL DVD-R (no matter which firmware you have in your machine). Maybe the next generation of recorders will have that support/capability. Again, just my 2-cents.

BW
post #172 of 461
Has anyone tried the Seagate ST3250623A in the XS54? I did a search but only found that the ST3250823A was listed. Walmart has a few of these on clearance for a little over a 100 bucks. I looked on Seagates website to see if i could see the difference between the two but they don't even show the "623" only the "823". I don't have my recorder available to try it out.

The drive specs are
250 GB Barracuda ATA HD
7200 RPM
16 MB Cache

Also, if anyone knows where i can pick up a 160GB Seagate ST3160022A i would appreciate it. I've done a search but only found Refurbs at Geeks. Don't know if i want to try a refurb.
Thanks,
post #173 of 461
My guess is the Seagate at walmart will work fine. I just tested a 320 GB Hitachi which formatted fine in an XS55 (to 250 GB). Both my XS55 and XS54 treat drives tested the same way. Here's the specs on the Hitachi:

Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLAT80 (0A33405) 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive
post #174 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by nextoo View Post

My guess is the Seagate at walmart will work fine. I just tested a 320 GB Hitachi which formatted fine in an XS55 (to 250 GB). Both my XS55 and XS54 treat drives tested the same way. Here's the specs on the Hitachi:

HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLAT80 (0A33405) 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive

Hi Nextoo

I haven't been on the forums for a while but noticed the other day the Tosh upgrade which peaked my interest........

Thanks, I may give it a try, also i'll have to check and see what 250's i have at home currently. I'm reluctant to try this again because when i first got the XS54 i tried putting a seagate in it, i think it was a 400gb and i blew it. I couldn't even get the original drive to work in it, kept telling me error 7000. So i had to send it in for warranty repair. They replaced the HD in it. I may just have been a coincidence and had a bad drive in it to begin but I'm not sure. What puzzled me was the little resistor (or whatever it is) they have attached to the IDE connection that connects to the hard drive. My XS32 doesn't have that. I would like to upgrade my 32 to a 160GB. The 80 fills up fast. IDE drives are getting scarce so i would like to get them while i can.

I'm really disappointed that Toshiba quit making the Recorders with Hard drives in them. I still have the Polaroid 2001g, picked up 2 more at walmart this summer on clearance for less than $150. The Walmart by my cottage always has stuff on clearance. Electronics don't move to fast up here and get cleared out. They have the new Polo and Philips but i haven't looked at either.

Thanks again
post #175 of 461
Thanks, benwhitmire, but I'm kind of committed to giving it a shot with the DL's. I found a pack of 5 on ebay a couple of days ago.
If it doesn't work then...there won't be much to say. If on the outside chance it does work everyone will hear about it!
post #176 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by 88redhonda View Post

Thanks, benwhitmire, but I'm kind of committed to giving it a shot with the DL's. I found a pack of 5 on ebay a couple of days ago.
If it doesn't work then...there won't be much to say. If on the outside chance it does work everyone will hear about it!

Gotta love the enthusiasm. If it works, then that's just something else for us Toshiba owners to tinker with. Good luck on the DL and be careful with your machine.

BW
post #177 of 461
I just picked up a few drives at my local Micro store, I got a couple of the ST3160022ACE and Maxtor 6L250R0. My question is, when upgrading the XS32 from 80 to 160gb does the firmware in the recorder matter. I still have the original firmware in it. I have the upgrade disk but never installed it since i wasn't having any problems.

I picked up the maxtor as a replacement backup for my XS54. Too bad the XS52 isn't upgradable to a larger drive but from what i've read it isn't.
post #178 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burnerbum View Post

My question is, when upgrading the XS32 from 80 to 160gb does the firmware in the recorder matter.

From what I understand, the XS32 will format the 160gig drive and the whole 160gb will be available. I don't think the firmware matters.
post #179 of 461
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burnerbum View Post

The 80 fills up fast.

I'm largely being a hypocrite because my XS32's drive is nearly full too..

But I'm very wary of getting one of these recorders with a *larger* drive, because with all of the bugs, the drive could just go corrupted at any minute, and you'll lose your recordings.

Someone in one of these threads recently had their drive just suddenly say it was corrupted. (MINE happened in October a year or so ago after I had to force reboot it when it hung when I put in a DVD..)
post #180 of 461
RICKC5,

I'm trying to do a little verification regarding the XS32 change from 80G to 160G.

Two drives are discussed:

ST3160022A 7200rpm UDMA133 9W6004-001 2MB? (In your table)

ST3160022ACE 5400rpm UDMA100 9W6024-006 16MB

Will both of these drives work and will they both format to 160G.

Thanks
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