How to Add a Second Hard Drive to the Tivo Series 3

Finally… we are getting a little bit closer to HD DVR nirvana.

These instructions on Engadget show you how to hook up an external SATA drive to your Tivo Series 3 to upgrade the external storage. Apparently, the secret is holding down the “pause” button on your remote as the machine boots up, and then entering “62” at the right time. Too cool.

Since you can get eSATA storage now in very large sizes, this is a great way to expand your Tivo Series 3 beyond the normal 250GB (30 hours) of HD storage.

Ever wish you could use that friggin eSATA port TiVo taunts you with on the back of your Series3? If so your moment has finally arrived — and not a moment too soon for many a DVR-loving TV fans whose drives are filled to the brim with HD programming. Best of all: you don’t even have to crack open your box or nothin’. Ready to get it going on? Let’s upgrade that TiVo.

Too cool.

Update: US Mint Coin Schedule Through August 2007

In a previous post, I highlighted the schedule for new US Mint products through May. The US Mint has updated their site with a slew of new dates, so I’m posting them here quickly.

May 1 Washington Official First Day Coin Cover
May 15 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Commemorative Coin
May 17 John Adams $1 Coin Bags and Rolls
May/June American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins
May/June American Eagle Platinum Uncirculated Coins
May/June Presidential Spouse Gold Proof Coin
May/June Presidential Spouse Bronze Medal 1 5/16″
May/June American Buffalo 24-karat Gold Proof One Ounce Coin
Late May/June American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins
Late May/June United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set®
Late May/June United States Mint Proof Set®
Late May/June United States Mint Silver Proof Set™
Late July/August United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®

Looks like we’ll see the first Presidential Spouse gold coins soon, as well as the new American Buffalo Proof Coin. The US Mint has decided to price that coin at $850, a $50 increase over the 2006.

The price increase isn’t surprising to me – last year I bought two coins at $800 and sold one almost immediately on eBay for over $900.

John Adams will get his dollar coin on May 17th. Something to look for given the excitement over the George Washington dollar coin errors.

I’m curious to see if the US Mint Uncirculated Eagles will be a big draw this year. Last year, no one paid much attention to these, and they had some of the lowest mintages ever of a US Eagle. As a result, the prices for these immediately skyrocketed. Of course, that will likely lead to overproduction in 2007, and lower prices. We’ll see. I bought my uncirculated silver eagle on eBay in December for about $50. I’ve seen prices as high as $80 on eBay recently. Not bad for something that sold for under $20 six months ago.