Originally Posted by jkeldo
That's good information to know. I would probably just use an external drive if the internal failed unless that causes a problem with the external one. Is there a particular brand you used for the internal and does the size matter so that it matches the original? I just hope mine keeps working since there seems to be no future models coming.
I have the 865 which takes a 500GB HDD.
There are two models recommended by Funai, the WD MQ01ABF050 and the WD WD5000LUCT-63RC2Y0.
For the 867 they recommend the DT01ABA100V and the WD10EURX-63UY4Y0.
For the 868, the DT01ABA200V and the WD20EURX-63T0FY0 are recommended.
For this 865, I used a Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680. (Because I already have them)
I have successfully used the Hitachi Travelstar in the Philips 3575, 3576, and Magnavox H2160.
For those systems, I installed a PATA to SATA adapter ($10) and modified the HDD mounting plate for a 2.5" drive.
You can also use the Hitachi Travelstar in the Magnavox H2160-A, the 513 and the 515 without the adapter.
I don't know if the 865 will take a larger drive so I just ordered a 1 TB Hitachi Travelstar HTS541010A9E680 to try to "upgrade" the 865 to 1TB.
It has a sata 3 interface (6GB) while the 865 uses a sata 2 interface (3GB). Doesn't matter.
You should be able to use an external drive without the internal one. They're independent.
I use 1TB WD Elements SE (They were on sale at Office Max for $49)
Hope this helps.