[教學] Magic TV Toshiba 3TB SATA HDD Upgrade

Verified Magic TV internal HDD replacement with Toshiba 3TB DT01ACA300 today (cost HKD734 ).

After the upgrade Magic TV reports 2.73TB free space, for 481 hours of HD recording.  Since Magic TV uses a conservative estimation before TVB lowered the bitrate for Channel 85 significantly, actual recording time will be much longer (by my calculation it would be roughly 550 hours).  (The 2.73TB figure is equal to 3 x 10^12 / 1024 / 1024 / 1024 / 1024, because HDD manufacturers count TB differently from computer or Magic TV.)

This procedure is meant for MTV3700D / MTV3800D / MTV7000D(-mini) / MTV8000D.  Older models require a more difficult procedure.  Note that you may not fit a 3.5" HDD in MTV3800D due to physical size limitation.  The maximum size of internal HDD supported today for these models is 4TB.

WARNING: Replacing the internal HDD by yourself will VOID your warranty.

Instructions for Magic TV internal HDD replacement or upgrade:

1. A 3.5" (or 2.5" for MTV3800D) internal SATA HDD for computer use will be needed.  A brand new HDD without any partition cannot be handled by old models of Magic TV.  You may connect the new HDD to a PC to create a partition first - For 2TB or smaller HDD, use MBR partition.  For larger than 2TB HDD, use GPT partition (supported by Windows Vista or later).  Then perform a quick format of NTFS (this will be overwritten later).
2. If your Magic TV is not running the latest firmware, you must upgrade the firmware (download from Magic TV web site and unzip it to a USB flash drive in FAT32 format). Then perform a factory reset.
3. Power down the Magic TV using the rear power switch. Disconnect the power. Open up the Magic TV and replace the HDD.
4. Format the HDD again using the Magic TV: Settings -> Recording -> Advanced -> Format System HDD.

Thanks for the post!   That means my MTV3800D supports 2.5" HDD at a max. size of 4TB (theoretically).   As such, in case the original HDD fails, I can just DIY and replace it with a 2.5" HDD of any brand (let say HGST 2TB).

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Thanks for the information !! useful

Actually.. is 3.5 HDD more stable than 2.5 ..?
MTV7000d is use 2.5 internal HDD (original) ?

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Thanks for the information !! useful

Actually.. is 3.5 HDD more stable than 2.5 ..?
MTV7000d ...
slothkicker 發表於 2014-7-2 00:14


MTV7000D本身用3.5"

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回覆 3# slothkicker

Personally, I believe the brand is more important than the form factor (2.5" vs 3.5").

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As such, in case the original HDD fails, I can just DIY and replace it with a 2.5" HDD of any brand (let say HGST 2TB).
pc1668 發表於 2014-7-1 21:43


Beware that some 2.5" HDD are thicker than others.  Check the physical height of the HDD before making a purchase.

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回覆 4# KinChungE

回覆 5# wklie

Thanks KinChungE n wklie

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Beware that some 2.5" HDD are thicker than others.  Check the physical height of the HDD before ma ...
wklie 發表於 2014-7-2 01:03


ic ... tks for reminding

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