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I finally got the new drive/fan brackets for the legacy REplayTV models. I used them to install dual 160GB drives in a Showstopper and now have 280 hours. I designed the bracket to accomodate a Panaflo 80cm fan pushing warm air out the center of the top vent. The bracket can be used to support a fan by itself or a fan and a drive. I designed the bracket to pick up the same 5 hard mounting points as the factory brackets. The ReplayTV chassis uses metric screws and standoffs so I had to scrounge around for those. I wanted to use those mounting points so anyone using the bracket will not have to worry when they ship or transport their units. Anyway, here are the pictures:

http://www.replaytivo.us/images/lega...bracketfan.jpg http://www.replaytivo.us/images/lega...k3kbracket.jpg http://www.replaytivo.us/images/lega...3kbracketd.jpg
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Yes the fan is needed. With 2 drives the Replay runs hotter. Unless the unit is in a wide open area with no other components on top of or below it and also if the room it is in stays not much hotter than 70 degrees. Even then, most people here would recommend the fan on a 2 drive upgrade. The power supply will run hotter as well due to the extra power load of a second drive.



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Yup, for two HDs, go with a fan, definitely.


Hey pu82, how's it going on coming up with a HD power connector for the two drive replay 4000 upgrade?
 

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The reason why I ask is because the original specs didn't call for it, even the two drive models. I've run my Replay with the original Quantum 30gig and a Maxtor 60gig and never had any problems. It's sitting with a 1 inch clearance between shelves and is behind a glass door. I recently upgraded to two 120gb drives and the unit feels cooler than before. My stereo receiver actually runs warmer and it doesn't have any fans. Adding a fan is definitely not in the specs for the power supply, how does that affect the over all voltage loads? You also have to consider that you are raising the ambient noise of your equipment. To me, the fan seems unnecessary, I'm sure others can attest here to not needing a fan.
 

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I use Panaflo fans which are more expensive but are more reliable and are the quietest around (
 

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pu82,


Nice looking bracket. Can you tell me what is the size of the metric screws? I am planning to mount two 80mm Panaflo fans just on top of the tuner and next to the first HD. Does the slots on the top cover generate a lot of turbulent and increase noise?


I have tried putting a fan on top of the slot as a test and it was noisy, but lifting it half an inch and the noise went away. Maybe mounting the fan from the inside would quiet it down some.


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They are hard to find M4-0.7,6mm. If you need any, let me know. I have hundreds.
 

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pu82,


My ability to read metics sizes is fading. I understand the M4 part, but forgot what 0.7,6mm mean. Is that the length? That seems really short. Or is it the distance between the threads? Are the screws (2) for mounting on the side the same as the Philips head screw on the top of the main board and first hard disk?


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pu82,


My ability to read metics sizes is fading. I understand the M4 part, but forgot what 0.7,6mm mean. Is that the length? That seems really short. Or is it the distance between the threads? Are the screws (2) for mounting on the side the same as the Philips head screw on the top of the main board and first hard disk?


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M4 = dia, .7 = thread pitch, 6MM = length
 

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Here's another use for this bracket:


It can be used as an alternative mount for a single hard drive unit. It moves the drive away from the power supply and the mount eliminates the need for the ez-bake cover. Whether you need a fan or not for a single drive is still up for debate but some people who want to use the Seagate Barracuda IV 7200RPM drives might buy themselves some reliability. I think the WD and Maxtor 7200RPMs drives still run way too hot but couple this bracket with the Panaflo fan, you might be able to use any 7200RPM drive in a legacy ReplayTV.
 
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