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HELP: WHAT HDD WORK IN SKY+ BOX

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hi, im looking to upgrade the harddrive in my sky+ box, does anybody know which harddrive you can use or can i use anyone i want looking for around 500gb+ thanks in advance for any advice Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
hi,
im looking to upgrade the harddrive in my sky+ box,
does anybody know which harddrive you can use or can i use anyone i want looking for around 500gb+
thanks in advance for any advice
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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Any 3.5" IDE Drive should work perfectly. Just ensure you get a quiet one.

Although I think the capacity limit is 500gb, I heard they have issues seeing more than 507GB or something? Should work fine as long as you don't go above that.

edit- Just had another quick look and people seem to be using 1TB drives, so I guess there is no limit any more.

Here is a list of suggested drives which you might find helpful:
http://www.geocities.com/skypluswss/hdd.htm
#2
PhearFactor
Any 3.5" IDE Drive should work perfectly. Just ensure you get a quiet one.

Although I think the capacity limit is 500gb, I heard they have issues seeing more than 507GB or something? Should work fine as long as you don't go above that.


thank you rep added

could anybody recomend a quite one
#3
Personally I would probably go for a Seagate Barracuda - those drives are pretty well reviewed you could even get a SATA drive and use converter cables (mentioned on the link I posted above). That way, if you upgrade in the future to a Sky HD box, the drive will work perfectly fine in that too.

I suggest you have a good read and look around on places like AVForums/skycopyplus.co.uk as they have a very knowledgeable userbase.
#4
Personally I would go for a CE spec drive specifically for PVR systems.

Seagates DB Range work very well, are realiable and very quiet.

I replaced my Old Pace v2 40GB box with a 160GB and it worked flawlessly.

Which Box do you have? Thats where the limitations are.

I really wouldn't mess around with conversion cables, and I wouldn't just slap any IDE drive in there.

What can happen after an upgrade with a hungry or dodgy drive is you can stuff the power supply, thats when the box is dead and you've wasted your time.

So make sure you do your research before you go poking around in your box... (oooh errrr Matron)
#5
Anything over 500gb and you need to use Copy+ to transfer your data from the old drive to the new one, im using a 1tb in my Sky+HD box
#6
deanos
Anything over 500gb and you need to use Copy+ to transfer your data from the old drive to the new one, im using a 1tb in my Sky+HD box


..Need to use copy+ anyway to move stuff from the old drive properly.

Copy+ is a great program, will format your drive nicely so your SKY+ Box recognises the drive as well.
#7
is this hard to do? could do with upgrading my SkyHD box - always running out of room!
#8
emhaslam
is this hard to do? could do with upgrading my SkyHD box - always running out of room!


If your used to taking things apart then yeah its a piece of cake, no different to changing a HDD in a PC. But it does depend on what Box you have to what drive you get.

This is the guide I used to do My V2 Pace Box HDD used was Seagate DB35 Series 7200.3 ST3160215ACE
#9
emhaslam
is this hard to do? could do with upgrading my SkyHD box - always running out of room!


Easy to do, and a definite must these days.. With the original drive in my SKY HD box I think I used to get about 5 or 6 HD programs recorded and it was 90% full... now with my upgraded drive I have about 10 pages of stuff and it's still only half full :thumbsup:
1 Like #10
Babbabooey
Easy to do, and a definite must these days.. With the original drive in my SKY HD box I think I used to get about 5 or 6 HD programs recorded and it was 90% full... now with my upgraded drive I have about 10 pages of stuff and it's still only half full :thumbsup:


Yeah never understood why the drives are so flippin small in HD systems!?
#11
emhaslam
is this hard to do? could do with upgrading my SkyHD box - always running out of room!


Fairly easy, you need 2 free esata ports on your PC to do it
#12
deanos
Fairly easy, you need 2 free esata ports on your PC to do it


i need two what?
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Esata ports on your PC or hard drive caddies to transfer the data from the HD inside the box to the new HD thats going in using the program Copy + http://www.skycopyplus.co.uk/

Anything larger than 500gb and you have to do this or it wont work
1 Like #14
ok. i dont think i have that :( i wont have it on a laptop and my pc is fairly old and not up to much

thanks anyways - rep added
#15
thanks all rep added
#16
thanks
#17
emhaslam
ok. i dont think i have that :( i wont have it on a laptop and my pc is fairly old and not up to much

thanks anyways - rep added


You only need to do that if you want to transfer what you have recorded on your exisitng HDD.

If you want to put a new one in, all you need to do is make sure the new HDD is formatted correctly
#18
Celticsun
You only need to do that if you want to transfer what you have recorded on your exisitng HDD.

If you want to put a new one in, all you need to do is make sure the new HDD is formatted correctly



Incorrect, if its over 500gb you have to do it that way otherwise it wont work, anything under and its a straight swap,this is true on the HD boxes not sure about Sky+ but im sure the same applies
#19
deanos
Incorrect, if its over 500gb you have to do it that way otherwise it wont work, anything under and its a straight swap,this is true on the HD boxes not sure about Sky+ but im sure the same applies


Its to do with the formatting I believe, copy+ should format it correctly, you should always format the HDD before installing into a SKY box never direct swap.
#20
Yes , i think over 500gb you need to put at least 1 program on it from the old drive otherwise it wont work, something to do with the generic Sky formatting used.

Anything under 500gb and it works without using copy+ as i have done it on 2 boxes before no problem
#21
You argument is surely moot... The new drive that will be installed will be over 500gb (otherwise why bother!).
Copy+ will be required.

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