Sky Plus Hard disk upgrade

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Hi. I know its been covered on here before. But has anyone found it difficult in actually finding a suitable replacement for the standard 40gb drive.

I emailed a company called Sky upgrade who sell on ebay and also have their own site selling upgraded hard disks. I asked what kind of disks they were using and never had a reply. OK. I can understand their sales tactics. Keep stumm on the make or everyone will be doing it. But. It annoys me that even the major players in the hard disk world dont know if their disks work in the Sky Plus box. I have emailed several Hard disk suppliers and they all reply in a similar manner. Dont know, Not sure, Check the Spin up time...etc..etc..

I found it very Cloak and dagger to say the least. I still have'nt bought an upgrade yet. But surely soon there will be a company selling drives and actually advertising them as being compatible for the Sky upgrade plus box...

AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH....
 
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The hard disks are just standard PC hard drives, but the V1 boxes are quite picky about what makes and models work, the V2 ones accept more I think.

There are lists here that should help: http://www.hummer.co.uk/sky.htm

Once you find a model number there then look on www.dabs.com or www.ebuyer.com or www.overclockers.co.uk and you should find them.

Don’t pay a company that specialises in Sky+ drives, there is nothing special about them and the companies will be charging a premium for the knowledge.
 
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Leee said:
Skyupgrades charge OTT for it.
I have a Samsung Spinpoint SP1203N in my box £55 from Dabs
http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/hardware/storage/productView.htm?quicklinx=2S0T
You'll also need a Torx screwdriver if it's a Pace box.

Don't ask the manufacturers - ask the community ;)
Wise words mate...I have a Torx set. They also have a 160gb drive for a few quid more. It says its only 2mb cache. Is this important at all. Oh, And is there any messin around with the drive or is it a straight forward..Hummer Jobbie.

Cheers for the valuble info.

Mark...
 
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160Gb in a V2 Pace works (IIRC that's what you have). Ensure you have the 1.31A8 software (you should) and you're laughing.

The hardest thing is either watching all your older stuff to clear the old disk or being patient enough once the disk's in ;)

It's a 10 minute job (and hummer carries a nice quide) - then do the housekeeping and trot off down the pub for a while. It took about 15 minutes to initialise the 120Gb disk I put in mine to format (as I'd low-levelled it in a PC first).

The cache does not matter. Mine's 2Mb too....and I've had no problems in what must be 2-3 months.
 
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Leee said:
160Gb in a V2 Pace works (IIRC that's what you have). Ensure you have the 1.31A8 software (you should) and you're laughing.

The hardest thing is either watching all your older stuff to clear the old disk or being patient enough once the disk's in ;)

It's a 10 minute job (and hummer carries a nice quide) - then do the housekeeping and trot off down the pub for a while. It took about 15 minutes to initialise the 120Gb disk I put in mine to format (as I'd low-levelled it in a PC first).

The cache does not matter. Mine's 2Mb too....and I've had no problems in what must be 2-3 months.
Cheers lads...

Also found this link. Not a bad price that.

http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=114074&cks=SER

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