Buying a HDR-FOX T2

HeadlessChicken

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Hi all, :)

After much consideration, I've decided to add a HDR-FOX T2 to my set-up. I live in the middle of nowhere, so finding one in a second-hand shop is unlikely. Apart from eBay, is there anywhere else I should be looking? I've got a low budget, so I'll have to wait and try to get a fairly good deal.

Thanks
 
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HeadlessChicken

HeadlessChicken

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I got one on eBay today. Paid a bit more than I planned, so I hope it works well. I'll make sure to give it a good check-over as soon as it arrives.Thanks for the link Black Hole.

Also, it's worth noting that CEX's website had a few, and all their items come with a 24-Months money back warranty. I'm thinking now that maybe I should have got one from them instead. Oh well!

Are SSDs still a real no-go for the Humax? I'm planning on having this set up in my bedroom, and really even if it's quiet, I'd prefer not to have a whirring HDD.
 

NealRogersUK

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SSDs are not much good for any live video application as they have a finite number of read-write operations before they start going wrong. In typical PC usage most data remains constant; typically there's only a small amount of change each day. The opposite is true in a video recording system where large amounts of data are constantly being recorded then deleted.

It shouldn't be a real problem though if you put the Humax into standby when you've finished viewing.
 

MartinLiddle

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SSDs are not much good for any live video application as they have a finite number of read-write operations before they start going wrong. In typical PC usage most data remains constant; typically there's only a small amount of change each day. The opposite is true in a video recording system where large amounts of data are constantly being recorded then deleted.
All hard drives have a finite life. I agree that SSDs will have a shorter life but the last time I did the sums for a good quality modern SSD the lifetime was in excess of five years in a PVR. The only real advantage is the lack of noise but if that is important for the OP then go for it. I agree that putting the PVR into standby will be helpful when not in use will help the life of the SSD.
 

Black Hole

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The main issue I have with (modern) SSDs is the sheer cost compared with an equivalently-sized spinning disk. The cost of an SSD is justifiable in a PC because the main advantage is access speed (and for use in a portable, robustness) - for use in a PVR you would be paying for speed and robustness you don't need, and if you're going to put it in standby overnight, the silence is irrelevant (the fan makes more noise than a HDD, and properly mounted it's hardly audible).

It's a lot of wonga for a couple of dBs that are drowned out by the telly anyway.
 

MartinLiddle

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It's a lot of wonga for a couple of dBs that are drowned out by the telly anyway.
If you are talking about a 2TB drive then yes they are still expensive but a decent quality 500MB SSD drive is about £70 which doesn't strike me as out of the question.
 

Black Hole

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It was a cheap old-technology SSD, but nonetheless you should expect to be able to wear one out with long-term timeshift buffer service.
 
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HeadlessChicken

HeadlessChicken

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My HDR-FOX T2 arrived, and passed all of Black Hole's check-over tests. I've now got it all set-up how I want it, and I'm as pleased as punch!

For now I'm sticking with the HDD. I can barely hear it. I was only concerned because I'll mainly be recording at night, and it's right next to the head of my bed. But the recordings start after I'm asleep, and I haven't noticed it at all.

Thanks everyone for the advice.

:)
 
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