The trusty Beyonwiz DP-P1 had served me well for a few years but the 250G hard drive was starting to feel a bit small.
Research suggested that it was important that any new hard drive didn’t consume much more power than the original drive. If a SATA drive was to be used some a SATA to IDE adaptor would be needed and that would consume additional power which also needed to be taken into account.
Eventually I settled on the following components for the upgrade:
- Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.C 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
- Altronics D2335 SATA to IDE Converter Module
Attaching the converter to the SATA HDD effectively converted it into an IDE hard disk. It was then just a matter of swapping the existing hard drive and reconnecting the IDE cable and power cables.
The drive runs cooler and quieter than the original Samsumg 250G drive and disk related actions seem to be a lot more responsive. So deleting files, bringing up file player list etc are all feel quite a bit faster.
No problems have been observed in the year since the upgrade, including running the disk check after power outages. Most of the time the disk space used is sitting between 400G and 600G. Currently running firmware version 350.