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Which drive is better for ReplayTV 4040 upgrade -

120 gb from Maxtor or 120 Western Digital? Is manufacturer really matter?

What other parameters I should look for in drive spec. for successful upgrade?

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The most important attributes in a hard drive for Replay upgrades:


1) Reliable

2) Cool

3) Quiet


Requirement #1 pretty much eliminates all current disk drive manufacturers. Requirement 2 would favor 5400 RPM drives over 7200 or 10800 RPM drives. Requirement 3... your mileage may vary.
 

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I'd go for the maxtor.


Everyone has their preferences, but just like with everything else it all boils down to manufacturing quality and reliability. I won't even begin to make judgments about different brands, but I wouldn't use a WD in a PVR unless I absolutely had to... just based on past experience.
 

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Current 120GB/5400 rpm Maxtors and 80GB/7200 Seagates work for me -- both are quiet in my setups. I'd avoid WD's for the same reasons as KenL (at a previous job, 2 batches of 20 all died). As usual, YMMV.
 

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Maxtor 5400RPM drives. Remember, Maxtor/Quantum won the competition to supply Sonicblue with drives. Or, were they the only 160GB game in town? Anyway, that's all I use for RTV4000s.
 

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Does anyone know the model name or model numbers of any of the actual drives Sonic Blue uses in their ReplayTV 4000 or 4500 units?
 

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Outpost have sale for Maxtor 160 drive. It 279 + 50 mail rebate - come down to 229$. (expires today) Of course it is more expensive per gb than 109/120 WD,

but I have a feeling - when I open this thing (my replay TV unit) I want to stick the biggest drive possible. ( one drive upgrade only, so I will not corrupt by any chance original drive).
 

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Unless your computer is already ATA 133 you will have to install a ATA 133 controller in your computer to prep the drive. A ATA 133 controller comes with the Maxtor retail box 160 GB drive (not included in the OEM box).
 
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