Hi. Would you dreambox experts recommend the following harddrive "Barracuda 160Gb 8mb Cache 7200RPM HDD OEM" , also can you explain what the 8mb cache is as I can get the same harddrive but with a 2mb cache. Thank you. Richard.
Dream recommend 5400PRM drives, or the new Seagate drives built especially for the DB. Check the Dream site for a list of approved drives. The cache is the amount of on-drive memory used as a disk buffer. More is better, but there is a working limit.
I'm using an 80GB Samsung 7200rpm 2MB cache drive, that's not on the list with no problems. If you've got it (as I had) then try it. If you're going to buy one, then best to get one that's on the list.
i was actually looking for a 160 gig HDD for mine when i wanted one, but found 5400rpm drives very hard to come by now ended up paying £150 for a 300gig drive instead.... it was the only one i could get my hands on. Like racingclub says above, the hard drive speed is relative to the bus speed on board (like a PC) so dont pay extra for a super fast drive, your just gonna waste your money, if anything buy a slow drive, if you can get one
as far as PCs go the drive in my DB is really slow... i wouldnt have it in my PC, but it performs superb in the DB
last night i recorded a program to hard drive, and watched something i recorded earlier from the same drive, at the same time.... with no problems at all.
I had already started looking into with a view to buying a secondhand Xbox from Ebay.
Its just that I already have a PS2 which I dont really use that much and I did'nt want to have to buy another box for the front room - but the Xbox does exactly what I want it to do.
And I think the Software Mod is downloadable FREE as is XBMC?
Is that Right?
I really use My PC for playing games so another console was not the way I wanted to go. I was hoping for a DIVX player on the DB but apparently the processor is not up to the task - shame. Still its good at what it does.
there are rumours of a price drop soon(ish)...........
* Microsoft Drops Xbox Price at E3 Pretty much a no-brainer, this one. In its fourth year as a console manufacturer, Microsoft looks at its calendar 2005 with two potential goals in mind: 1) To continue its support for the second-place Xbox, and 2) to commence the hype for Xbox 2. Although it's not written in stone in the "Rules of How to Handle a Console for Dummies" manual, anyone who's casually glanced at the history of consoles knows that price drops are inevitable. It happens once or twice a year, and in 2005 you can rest assured that the house that Bill Built will lower the price of its Xbox from $149.99 to $99.99, almost assuredly at E3 in May. This lower price opens the system's availability to newcomers, less financially able folks, and to fence-sitters who wait for the price of everything to drop.