Putting in a larger drive is unlikely to gain you extra capacity because 250GB and 300B drives in the XS35 format to 160GB capacity.
There is no history of larger drives on the XS34, but the swap is so easy to do, give it a try. Here's my experience with an XS35 which required a drive replacement.
ST3160022ACE (chattered at power on and XS35 posted 7061)
DateCode: 06292 (January 2007)
The first drive I tried was a Seagate.
Seagate Barracuda 7200-7
120GB Cable Select
DateCode: 04521 (June 2005)
The XS35 formatted with no problem, and after confirming that all was operational I checked with REMAIN.
- The capacity did not downgrade to an 80GB HDD
- The 120GB XS35 can record 54:07 hours in SP
While the case was still open I tried some other drives.
Western Digital Caviar
MfgDate: Augsut 20 2005
Western Digital Caviar
250GB Cable Select
MfgDate: January 21 2006
Maxtor DiamondMax 10
300GB Cable Select
MfgDate: April 7 2006
The larger drives formatted to 160GB.
This result encouraged me to double the capacity of my XS32, but it would not accept any of the drives above, so it remains at 80GB.
Based on how both units responded to different drives, 7034 means "Drive recognized and not acceptable" and 7061 means "No drive installed or drive not recognized". The drive does not have to be dead to earn a 7061, it may not meet the expectations of the Identify Device and/or Initialize Device Parameters commands.
The table below summarizes the info on which drives work in which units.
| KX50 XS32 XS34 XS35 XS52 XS54 XS55 | Y N
| ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- | - -
80GB Maxtor 4R080L0 * | Y Y Y Y | 4
80GB Seagate ST380012A ** | Y Y Y Y Y | 5
120GB Maxtor | N N | 2
120GB Seagate ST3120026A | N Y | 1 1
120GB WD WD2500JB | N Y | 1 1
160GB Maxtor 4R160L0 * | Y Y | 2
160GB Maxtor 6L160P0 * | N N Y Y Y | 3 2
160GB Maxtor Quickview | Y | 1
160GB Seagate ST3160022A ** | Y Y Y Y Y Y | 5
160GB Seagate ST3160212A | N Y | 1 1
160GB Seagate ST3160812A | N N Y | 1 2
160GB Maxtor STM3160815A | N | 1
200GB Seagate ST3200822A | Y | 1
250GB Maxtor | N | 1
250GB Maxtor 6L250R0 * | Y N Y Y | 3 1
250GB Maxtor 7Y250P0 * | Y Y Y | 3
250GB Seagate ST3250823A * | Y Y Y | 3
250GB WD WD2500BB | N Y | 1 1
250GB WD WD2500JB | Y Y Y | 3
300GB Maxtor 4A300J0OEM | N | 1
300GB Maxtor 6L300R0 | N Y | 1
320GB Seagate ST3320620A | N | 1
400GB Seagate ST3400832 | Y | 1
--- --- --- --- --- --- ---
# of drives that do work: 3 3 1 11 3 13 6
# drives that don't work: 2 10 0 0 2 1 0
* Factory specified for at least one model
** ACE suffix works across all models
While compiling the table a few interesting things came up.
ST325083A is not a valid ID, so references to that drive have been treated as ST3250823A. Whether a drive has an STM or ST prefix varies by build date, it is the rest of the model ID that matters.
Only the primary model ID is used in the summary even though the thread says the complete ID may be necessary for some replacements. ATA drives do not vary in hardware or microcode, suffixes are used when they are shipped with specific pre-configured characteristics e.g. Quickview drives are the same model number as DiamondMax drives with a suffix of QV e.g. 4R160L0-QV. The difference is operational mode, the QV is 'quiet'.
Hitachi's Feature Tool allows you to set many operational parameters so if a special suffix drive is required (as mentioned for the KX50) it may be feasible to turn on/off parameters and meet the requirements. To lower power usage, set AAM to the lowest value. FT is a generic utility which works on other manufacturer's drives as well. Update: Hitachi dropped AAM support in Rev 2.13 but fortunately, 2.11 is still available at other sites e.g. http://www.ddown.org/2008/08/05/ibm-...ture-tool-211/
Maxtor used to distribute SETAMC for acoustic management (it disappeared after the merger with Seagate). AMSET hushes DiamondMaxes to Quickview-like silence (complete info and a valid download url is at http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...83&postcount=9
). Maxline II has many models e.g. 5A250J0, 7Y250J0 and the table uses 7Y250P0 because it is the only ID mentioned in the thread. Maxline II drives are the quietest and most reliable Maxtors as they were built for enterprise applications which configure dozens of drives in a single cabinet.