Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

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Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

Postby Engineer247 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:50 pm

Have just upgraded my Amstrad DRX780 Sky+ HD box to 1Tb HDD following the excellent how to guides on the copy+ forum.Fitted a SATA 2 Western Digital Caviar with 32MB cache after cloning the old drive using the new beta version of the copy+ utility and two usb2 connected SATA drive caddies connected to a laptop running Windows Vista. The hd box came apart like a dream , no broken clips or mis-placed screws , I removed the original Western Digital 320Gb drive and 4 hours later bolted in the 1Tb drive. Hey presto free space went from 6% to 81% and have had absolutely no problems since, system appears every bit as stable as before , I did carry out a planner rebuild from installer menu as a precaution. I think on the odd occasion the new drive is slightly noisier than the oem unit but not annoyingly so. I would recommend this upgrade to anyone seeking freedom from the very poor storage capability of the 320GB equipped HD box , you don't need to be a rocket scientist to get it done either.
I would strongly advise the use of an anti static wrist strap whilst handling the drives as a precaution.
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Re: Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

Postby pcbbc » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:13 am

Cool - Thanks for your feedback and contribution!
I am glad everything went well, and wish you luck with your 1TB upgraded box.
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Re: Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

Postby Engineer247 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:13 pm

pcbbc wrote:Cool - Thanks for your feedback and contribution!
I am glad everything went well, and wish you luck with your 1TB upgraded box.

Superb utility and cracking forum thank you very much for your interest ! Only problem is just about everyone I know now wants me to do the same thing for them - a bewildering array of pvr2.5 and pvr 3 boxes from several different manufacturers (friends and family I assure you I'm not doing this for money !!!) - I expect some dissapointments as well as success stories over the next few weeks - will keep the forum posted !
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Re: Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

Postby pcbbc » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:54 pm

LOL - Well, good luck!
Best advice is to make sure you chose your drive carefully and check the various forums for any compatibility issues between box and drive before purchase.
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Re: Amstrad Sky+ HD 1Tb Upgrade

Postby markshark » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:04 pm

Hi Engineer247,

Can you please advise the model of the WD drive you used? Is it the green, black or another one please?

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