Hard Drives Made Specially for DVRs
When searching for a new or additional hard drive for your TiVo
(or other digital video recorder), it is critical to understand
that the quality and type of drive used matters tremendously. DVR
manufacturers such as TiVo, DIRECTV, ReplayTV and others spend countless hours
and resources "qualifying" hard drives to ensure that
they choose drives that will provide optimal performance.
Almost since its inception, WeaKnees has been using high-end drives
made specifically for DVRs. We are currently using Western Digital
Audio/Video drives, and in some cases, Seagate's DB35 and Pipeline drive lines. All
weaKnees drives were developed specifically for use in DVRs.
The DVR drives that we use in upgrade kits have a few key differences
from normal desktop drives that make them far superior to desktop
drives for PVR usage:
- Thermal Control: On board sensors monitor temperature
and adjust characteristics as necessary to keep the temperature
- Acoustic Management: DVR-specific drives are
specially tuned to run as quietly as possible.
- A/V Streaming: DVR-specific drives have been
optimized and tuned to provide consistent data to the PVR processor.
Standard desktop drives can hang while retrying drive reads -
DVR drives know to move ahead and provide more data to keep video
- Error Recovery: Desktop drives retry on errors
to make sure that your Excel spreadsheet is exactly right - it's
imperative. But when watching video, if one block of data is bad,
you may not even notice a dark spot on one frame for 1/30th of
a second. So these drives are tuned to move past errors faster,
putting the stream of data as top priority. Where desktop drives
often cause stutters, these drives run smooth.
Current stock note beginning October 2011: Due to flooding in Thailand, there are extreme shortages of hard drives. In the event that we are unable to ship out DVR drives, we may opt to use desktop drives that we've tuned to DVR drive specifications.
Looking for a bare drive? We sell individual, unformatted
DVR-specific hard drives.
Please feel free to email us with any questions.