Originally Posted by dfw515
.....I plan on externalizing my 515 (without using the nibbler) and doing a little bit of testing. TEST #1 - check to see if an external drive used in a 3575 can be easily swapped into an externalized 515 (and vice versa). TEST #2 - Try using a brand new 2TB SATA drive (never used in a PC etc) to see if the 515 will utilize more than 500GB. I can't find anyone who has tried a drive larger than 500GB in a 515. TEST #3 - Try dropping a 1TB drive (that HAS been used in a PC and formatted in a PC) to see if it recognizes more than 500GB.
I HOPE that Test #1 is successful, but I do not expect Test #2 and Test #3 to recognize more than 500GB. If anyone wants me to do any other tests, just let me know.
Test #1 RESULT -- Surprise!! I recorded a couple of titles onto a hard drive in the externalized Philips 3575, and moved the drive to the externalized Magnavox 515. The 515 behaved as they I had just put in a "new hard drive". 0 hours. The 515 was unable to read the titles recorded on the 3575
. I used SKIP 079 and reformatted the drive in the 515 (just to be sure it was recognizing the hard drive). Normal format - 205 hours (SP2 mode). So I recorded a few titles on the 515, and moved the drive back to the 3575. Same lousy results. Tried both a Western Digital 3.5" (WD5000AVVS) and a Hitachi 2.5" (HTS545050B9A300) in these tests.
CONCLUSION TO TEST #1 --- A hard drive with recorded titles on a 3575 **CANNOT** be moved to a 515 (external or internal hard drive) and used by the 515 to watch/edit/burn titles. The reverse is also true (515 recorded hard drive to a 3575 for watch/edit/burn). I do not have a 3576, 2160A or 513, so I can't comment on the "portability of HDDs between" a 515 and a 513, 2160A, or 3576 (or between 3575 and 3576). Oh well, at least we now know that these two models (515 and 3575) cannot swap active (with recorded titles) hard drives.
WAJO -- could you update the statement regarding "The one thing not PROVED yet is the portability of HDDs" on the following page (just above SKIP 013)?https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...stcount=39#079
Test # 2 RESULT -- As expected, the 515 only recognized the fresh 2TB hard drive (Seagate 3.5" ST320005N4A1AS-RK) as the equivalent of 500GB drive (205 hours of SP2 mode).
Test # 3 RESULT -- As expected, the 515 only recognized the 1TB (previously used in a PC) hard drive (Hitachi 3.5" HDE721010SLA330) as the equivalent of a 500GB hard drive (205 hours of SP2 mode).
I couldn't find any posts showing that someone had already tried to upgrade the Magnavox 515 with a 1TB or 2TB drive, so I figured that I would give it a shot.
Oh well, another learning experience. With all of the great information I have already used from this forum, I am just happy that I can share my results (even if they are not the results I was hoping for) with everyone here.