2. Hard Disk upgrade
The second most common upgrade is the hard disk, partly because the 40Gb (80Gb on the FVRT150) doesn't hold very much (about 20 hours, double for the FVRT150) and sometimes because the hard disk might fail after a year or so.
You can't just plug in any old hard disk you have to hand though, as the FVRT units are a bit finnicky about which disks they will accept. This is partly due to the fact modern, fast hard disks take too much power and the plug in power supply which is supplied with the FVRT100 is only just capable of running the original unit and hard disk; any increase in power requirement will cause the unit to remain stuck in "hold" as it boots up.
The original brand of disk in the FVRT100 and 150 is a Maxtor Quickview, with a 40Gb or 80Gb capacity respectively. The disk spins at 5,400rpm, comparatively slowly to the 7,200 rpm found in most desktop PCs. It is, however, very frugal with its power requirements and the Digifusion only comes with a relatively low specified power unit so replacing the hard disk with a high power requirement is often unsuccessful unless you make certain modifications (involving a soldering iron) to the unit. Not for the faint hearted (or those with a warranty!).
To successfully upgrade the hard drive consider the following points:
Why would I want to do this?
The original disk in your FVRT100 (and even FVRT150/FVRT200) is not particularly large; you must disregard the marketing blurb on the box that says you can record a huge number of hours on the disk; this would require the use of the built in compression feature, which is particularly bug ridden and is the cause of endless woe (such as the entire library being wiped suddenly). The quality of compressed recording is also woeful, far below that of VHS tape.
You can record at normal (SP) quality for about 20 hours on a 40Gb disk; about 40 hours on a 80Gb disk. To increase the capacity to a maxiumum of about 60 hours of recorded material you can install a disk of either 120Gb or 160Gb (the extra storage above 130Gb is just ignored). As mentioned above, the FVRT units are a bit picky about which hard disks they'll work with, but the fact of the matter is that they also run quite hot due to the pitiful cooling fan installed under the hard disk, and the very tight fit within the unit.
If, however, you replace the standard sized (PC 3½") disk with a slightly more expensive (£ per GB) laptop (2½" disk) you realise some instant benefits: far cooler running, both for the disk and the unit generally, lower noise, and no requirement for the (noisy) cooling fan. The unit runs effectively silently, perfect for the lounge and bedroom environments.
OK, how do I do this then?
Just follow these simple instructions: full pictures provided!
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