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  09:19:25 am, by The Dreamer   , 462 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Software, Computer

Additional Maxtor OneTouch II 300GB drive here

The FedEx guy showed while I was in the shower, but fortunately he left it by the front door.

I'll probably add it to my system at lunch today...and redo the last recycle backup...which overflowed the current 300GB OneTouch II (and has part of the data stored on to the drive that it was backing up).

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  12:42:50 pm, by The Dreamer   , 208 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

300GB drive from is here

It arrived with plenty of time to spare before a scheduled 1pm phone interview. &#59;)

Now, I thinking what should I do with it.

When I ordered it, the plan was to use to resurrect "Number 7".

But, being in a hurry (and to be able to record Bones and House), I rushed the resurrection of "Number 7" by freeing up a drive from my DVArchive setup. With the intent that this new drive would then go back into my DVArchive setup.

But, I've been putting off doing an upgrade on "Number 6", and given how smoothly the replacement went (given that I didn't need to copy any of the old data...especially the MPEG one). I'm thinking that I might do the same as the upgrade for "Number 6".

Only problem is that there's stuff on "Number 6" that I'll need to archive first....given that I haven't gotten around to watching it yet and don't want to lose it (there was stuff on "Number 7", but I didn't really get a choice...though I'm thinking of trying a freezer resurrection and seeing what rtv_extract can do for me).

...oh, and I'm kind of low on archive space at the moment.... :oops:

But, I don't think there'll be any more drives this year....


  08:20:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 58 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

"Number 7" is alive!

The transplant went smoothly, without incident.

The hard part was remembering how to go through setup again, to get everything back to the way it was. Or that some of the shows that I record on this box...aren't airing in the next 2 weeks....

Wonder if I'll do a similar transplant when it comes time to do "Number 6". :|

  03:12:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 280 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

Seagate 300GB OEM Drive from


I've hit the UPS Package Tracking page a few times today, hoping to see when they'll give an ETA for this drive.

And, now it shows a "Scheduled Delivery" for November 16th (tomorrow).

That's good....though I've pretty much settled on using the Seagate 250GB OEM Drive from that I got earlier this month for my WiRNS/DVArchive server as the new drive for my dead ReplayTV.

The drive was only being used for DVArchive storage...and this morning I started moving shows from it to my other DVArchive server. Then at 9:20, DVARchive quit....because its one of the days that Retrospect is schedule to run (at 9:30). DVArchive normally isn't restarted until 16:30, but I knew it would be done before then (since it only backs up my C: drive, which isn't that big.) But, I planned on coming home for a late lunch and restarting DVArchive on moving the remainder.

In the gap between 9:20 and 9:30, I decided a few other shows could go to another DVArchive storage area to help with things. Those files went to the C drive, because it is faster to copy between C and one of the firewire drives than between firewire drives (should be obvious why, eh? :>> )

Anyways....the remaining DVArchive move was done before I finished lunch, so I started to prep for the RTVpatch (delete the old partition, let the computer bluescreen -- which it always does when I exit 'Computer Management') And, then the actual patch operation should be pretty quick and that'll leave the actual drive swap for when I get home tonight.

I guess I really wanted all the extra drives hanging off of gumby to be 300GB drives :!:

  07:42:41 am, by The Dreamer   , 354 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, DVDs / NetFlix another OneTouch II


The stuff on my main desktop has grown to exceed the capacity of the current Maxtor OneTouch II that the system is backed up to. So, it is time to get another drive. I'm also thinking that I'll switch the connections to USB 2.0 from Firewire. Though that may involve the addition of another USB 2.0 hub.

I had intended to get this around this time, though the recent spat of drive failures wasn't part of the plan. Plus there was also the plan to upgrade the first drive [120GB] in my main desktop. But, I guess now I'm going to wait for 500GB drives to come down in price. :P

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  08:04:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 391 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Momitsu V880N

The harddrives are conspiring against me?


Today around 15:55, the power went out in my building. I was accessing my computer from work....and didn't lose my connection until about 10 minutes later. And, then things were reachable.

When I did a traceroute there was nothing beyond the gateway from Level 3 to Time Warner. Though later everything appeared except the local net. But, I didn't realize that the cause was a power outage until I got home.

From my estimates.....the various analog clocks that I have, the power was out for about 50 minutes. Only one UPS stayed during the whole outage.

But, that's not what this post is about. The other significant thing standing out, post outage, was a bright blue light shining across my apartment from the top ReplayTV. There was also a bright blue light from the bottom of my component stack...but that's the Momitsu V880N.

Anyways that ReplayTV was looping "Please Wait..." Looks like the harddrive is toast. Come to think of it, it might have been the ReplayTV that had trouble starting once....the kind of thing where I unplugged all the inputs and then it worked....and I didn't think anything about it again. But I guess this time it is gone.

So, I rushed over to and bought a new Seagate 300GB drive. While a 250GB would be sufficient...I already got a Seagate 250GB from them this month, and there's the rebate restriction. So, I got the 300GB...even though rebate isn't supposed to be a factor in getting the drive.

Though had been pretty good in the past, though that recently changed..... Used to be $1 surcharge to get the rebate in 1-2 weeks, instead of 8-10 weeks, by PayPal. Now they want a $5 surcharge to get you the rebate in 1-2 days by PayPal. And, if you don't want that high surcharge taken out...they say 8-10 weeks by PayPal....

Of course, I treat PayPal money differently than a check rebate. Because any money that lands in my PayPal account is usually spent in an eBay auction.... &#59;D

After I ordered, I saw that has the Retail Kit version of the drive ('s is OEM) for the same price, and it has a $50 (instead of a $40) rebate.

Though given my current situation...PayPal is probably easier to get my money.

Oh well....


  10:39:16 pm, by The Dreamer   , 56 words  
Categories: ReplayTV

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  09:26:18 pm, by The Dreamer   , 16 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


I bought this DVD, so that I could rate it 3 stars.



  01:45:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 6 words  
Categories: General

Blue Ball Machine


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