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HDD Compatibility List for A-110
09-05-2008, 09:33 AM (This post was last modified: 05-10-2009 09:52 AM by chris57.)
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HDD Compatibility List for A-110
The List of Compatible HDD's is now maintained on the WIKI, please add your findings to the WIKI.

This is an OLD list and should NOT be used for reference.

PCH Support report that WD HDD's, in particular the WD10EACS are causing problems. The WD Intellipark system is also a problem with HDD shutdown.

Below you can find HDD´s which are working with the PCH A-110 and also which are not working on A-110
Please if you have an HDD inside fill in the Mask which is attached in this post and report, so we can make an List Smile

Compatible HDD´s

Brand: Western Digital AV-GP 3,5"
Model: WD10EVCS
Size: 1TB
Notes: Works well

Brand: Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5"
Model: WD10EACS
Size: 1TB
Notes: works fine, cool and quiet

Brand: Western Digital Caviar Green Power 3,5"
Model: WD10EADS (32mb cache)
Size: 1TB
Notes: Works well, format and NMT apps install OK (EXT3)
AAM (Automatic Acoustic Management) set to 128

Brand: Western Digital 3.5"
Model: WD7500AVCS
Size: 750GB
Notes: Works Great

Brand: Western Digital Caviar Green 3,5"
Model: WD7500AACS
Size: 750GB
Notes: Works nicely, very quiet and not too much heat.

Brand: Western Digital Caviar SE16 3,5"
Model: WD6400AAKS
Size: 640GB
Notes: works without Problems

Brand: Western Digital WD Caviar SE16 3,5"
Model: WD5000AAKS
Size: 500GB
Notes: Works Great

Brand: Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5"
Model: WD5001AALS
Size: 500GB
Notes: Works well

Brand: Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5"
Model: WD5000AACS
Size: 500 gig
Notes: works good so far pretty quiet

Brand: Westerrn Digital WD Caviar SE16 3.5"
Model: WD3200KSRTL
Size: 320GB
Notes: Good so far.

Brand: Western Digital 3,5"
Model: WD2500AVJS
Size: 250GB
Notes: Works fine, quiet

Brand: WD Scorpio Blue 2.5"
Model: WD4000BEVT
Size: 400GB
Notes: Works perfectly. Totally quiet and almost no heat from it, just sweet.

Brand: WD Scorpio Blue 2.5"
Model: WD3200BEVT
Size: 320GB
Notes: No problems, only slightly warm, practically noiseless from 3 m

Brand: Western Digital Scorpio 2.5"
Model: WD2500BEVS
Size: 250 GB
Notes: Works, fast and quiet.

Brand: Western Digital Caviar SATA
Model: WD1200
Size: 120 Gb
Notes: Using it as internal HD in the A110, format ext3, Working fine.

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200 3.5"
HDD Model: ST31500341AS
Size: 1.5TB
Notes: WORKS, Formatted EXT3, 1.3TB available

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3,5" 32MB
Model: ST31000340AS
Size: 1TB
Notes: works without Problems and is very quiet too...

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200 3.5" 32MB
Mode: ST30005N1D1AS-RK
Size: 1TB
Notes: Works without any Problems

Brand: Seagate Barracuda ES.2
Model: ST31000340NS
Size: 1TB
Notes: Does work.

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 3.5" 8MB
Model: ST3750840AS
Size: 750GB
Notes: Works fine. Format took about 20 minutes (ext3 format)

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 640GB 7200.11 32M SATA2
Model: ST3640323AS
Size: 640GB
Notes: Works fine

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3,5"
Model: ST3500320AS
Size: 500GB
Notes: works without Problems

Brand: Seagate Momentus SATA 2,5"
Model: ST9320320AS, 5400rpm
Size: 320GB
Notes: working fine very quiet and not running hot

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 3,5"
Model: ST3250310AS
Size: 250GB
Notes: works without Problems

Brand: Seagate Momentus 7200rpm 16mb cache 2.5"
Model: ST9200420AS
Size: 200GB
Notes: Pretty quiet and super cool.

Brand: Fujitsu
Model: MHZ2 BT
Size: 500GB
Notes: 2.5'', 4200RPM, slow compared to 5400 and 7200RPM but is fast enough, runs very cool, only 1.8W

Brand: Fujitsu Hornet M160 2,5"
Model: MHZ2320BH
Size: 320GB
Notes: works without Problems

Brand: Samsung SpinPoint F1 3,5"
Model: HD103UJ
Size: 1TB
Notes: works without Problems

Brand: Samsung EcoGreen F1 DT, 3.5", 5400 RPM, 32 MB cache
Model: HM103UI
Size: 1TB
Notes: Works great. Not too hot. Very quiet operation.

Brand: Samsung
Model: HD753LJ
Size: 750GB
Notes: 3.5'', Works fine

Brand: Samsung F1 Spinpoint F1
Model: HD 642JJ
Size: 640GB
Notes: Works Fine

Brand: Samsung
Model: HM500LI
Size: 500GB
Notes: 2.5", works fine, rather quiet

Brand: Samsung 3.5"
Model: HD501LJ
Size: 500 GB
Notes: works fine without problems

Brand: Samsung SATA 3,5"
Model: OHDIS-500/72-16SAM
Size: 500GB
Notes: hot&quite fine

Brand: Samsung Spinpoint M6 SATA 2,5"
Model: HM400LI, 5400rpm 8MB
Size: 400GB
Notes: working fine very quiet and not running hot

Brand: Samsung 2.5"
Model: HD320JI
Size: 320 GB
Notes: works fine, very quiet

Brand: Samsung
Model: HD160jj
Size: 160 GB
Notes: Works perfect, no problems at all, quiet and cool

Brand: Hitachi 2.5"
Model: HTS541616J9SA00
Size: 160 GB
Notes: works good (format & NMT apps installation on EXT3)

Brand: Hitachi SATA 2,5"
Model: HTS541612J9SA60
Size: 120GB
Notes: works without problems

Brand: Maxtor DiamondMax 22 SATA 3 Gbits/s
Model: STM3750330AS
Size: 750 Go
Notes: I'm using A110, format ext3, Working fine.

Brand: Maxtor
Model: SATAII Ultra16
Size: 500GB
Size: Connected to A-110, NMT apps were installed and it's working beautifully. Pretty quiet and cool.

Brand: Maxtor SATA-I
Model: 7L300S0
Size: 300GB
Size: Worked great once I formatted it (ext2)

Not working HDD´s

Brand: Hitachi Deskstar 3,5"
Model: HDP725050GLA360
Size: 500GB
Notes: Format fails, tried to change to Sata150 doesnt make it working

Brand: Hitachi
Model: HTS545050KTA300
Size: 500GB 2.5''
Notes:Not working. Does not format, stuck at 0%

Brand: HITACHI Travelstar 2,5"
Model: 5K320 HTS543232L9A300
Size: 320GB
Notes: PCH A-110 with FW Rev 01-17-080818-15-POP-403-000 (Kernel 15-POP) will not recognize/display Hitachi HDD in Media Source menu. PCH will recognize/display WD Raptor 300GB (OS boot drive from PC system) so PCH SATA connector is OK. Travelstar is recognized on PC system so the non-recognized drive is also functional.

Brand: Hitachi 2.5" 5K250-250
Model: HTS542525K9SA00
Size: 250 GB
Notes: format is fail

Brand: HITACHI Deskstar
Model: HDP725025GLA380
Size: 250GB
Notes: doesnt work

Brand: Hitachi Travelstar 2.5"
Model: HTS543216L9A300
Size: 160GB
Notes: Format fails

Brand: Hitachi Travelstar 2,5"
Model: HTS542512K9SA00
Size: 120GB
Notes: Format fails, cant get it running

Brand: Hitachi Travelstar
Model: 7K200 2.5" 7200RPM (HTS722010K9SA00)
Size: 100GB
Notes: PH doesn't boot, network chip died


Reported to have had issues but others report working fine

Brand: Western Digital WD Caviar SE16 3,5"
Model: WD5000AAKB
Size: 500GB
Notes: Power ripples cause browser repeat, choose another model

Brand: Samsung 3.5"
Model: HD501LJ
Size: 500 GB
Notes: /could not get to work.

Brand: Samsung
HDD model: SP2504C
Size: 250GB 3,5"
Notes: I tried to install Samsung SP2504C and format both in the ext / 3 and ext / 2 with the latest firmware on a USB root. Formatting finished after a few attempts and NMT programs installs on this disk. Problems starts when you use the disk w. Samba (smb: / / ip / share), then the disk shuts down by it self after 4-10 minutes. I would not recommend this disk to be used in A-110. I tried this disk as well in 1,5Gbps transfer mode with the same result(s).

Alternative Solutions
Brand: SANS DIGITAL Compact Flash CF to 2.5” SATA
Model: ST-SAN-CS1T
Brand: RiData Lightning Series 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card
Model: CFR8G-233X-LIG2
Size: 8GB
Notes: Does get a little warm to the touch upon accessing, but still cooler than a HDD. Tested read/write up to 50Mbit over NFS (about 6MiB/second)

Brand:RED i88990 CF Adapter
Model:Red! CF Compact Flash Type I/II to Serial SATA Adapter
Brand:Transcend x133 Compact Flash
Model: 8Gb
Notes:I bought my adapter from ebay for £5. The CF card has a lifetime guarantee.


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09-05-2008, 10:42 AM
Post: #2
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Compatible HDD´s

Brand: Samsung SpinPoint F1
Model: HD103UJ
Size: 1TB
Notes: works without Problems
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09-05-2008, 10:46 AM
Post: #3
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
added thx
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09-05-2008, 12:11 PM
Post: #4
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
(09-05-2008 09:33 AM)werner Wrote:  Not working HDD´s

Brand: Hitachi Travelstar 2,5"
Model: HTS542512K9SA00
Size: 120GB
Notes: Format fails, cant get it running

Does this mean it will not work with the B-110 either?
This was going to be my HDD of choice for my custom case Popcorn Hour project! Sad
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09-05-2008, 01:31 PM
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RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
no on b110 we where able to install an different controller there it will work tested by QA, thats also why this list is called A110 Smile
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09-05-2008, 01:35 PM
Post: #6
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Yes, can confirm working no problems at all

Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 3,5"
Model: ST3250310AS
Size: 250GB
Notes: works without Problems
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09-06-2008, 01:07 AM
Post: #7
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Western Digital AV-GP 3,5"
Model: WD10EVCS
Size: 1TB
Notes: Works well
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09-06-2008, 07:51 AM
Post: #8
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Samsung
Model: HM500LI
Size: 500GB
Notes: 2.5", works fine, rather quiet
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09-07-2008, 10:54 AM
Post: #9
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Samusung
Model: HD753LJ
Size: 750GB
Notes: 3.5'', Works fine

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09-07-2008, 01:17 PM
Post: #10
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
i've just bought a Seagate ST31000340AS 1Tb 32Mb cache. Is is compatible with popcorn A110 ? anyone used it ,pls let me know about the performance, especially when you had more than 150 HD films on it.Thank you
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09-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Post: #11
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
(09-07-2008 01:17 PM)jackyminh Wrote:  i've just bought a Seagate ST31000340AS 1Tb 32Mb cache. Is is compatible with popcorn A110 ? anyone used it ,pls let me know about the performance, especially when you had more than 150 HD films on it.Thank you

umm i don't want to sound critical here...
but since the majority of the disks will probably work with the unit, is it not better to just the ones that don't work ?
the list will grow very big otherwise ....


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09-07-2008, 05:02 PM
Post: #12
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
you have to see it in different view, if an user looks here and he has an problem with an HDD, which normaly should work, because the list tells you that then it is good because he will find out that he makes something wrong or that the hdd is bad.
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09-08-2008, 02:48 PM (This post was last modified: 09-08-2008 02:51 PM by getjp9.)
Post: #13
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3,5" 32MB
Model: ST31000340AS
Size: 1TB
Notes: works without Problems and is very quiet too...
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09-11-2008, 05:57 AM
Post: #14
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Western Digital WD Caviar SE16 3,5"
Model: WD500AAKS
Size: 500GB
Notes: Works Great
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09-11-2008, 02:05 PM
Post: #15
RE: HDD Compatibility List for A-110
Brand: Western Digital 750GB WD7500AVCS 3.5"
WD7500AVCS
No problems.
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