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Basic Roamio storage question

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by jollygrunt777, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. jollygrunt777

    jollygrunt777 Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    Republic of...
    Is upgrading the internal storage better than attaching an external hard drive? Does it just come down to personal preference when adding storage to a Roamio?
  2. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yes, it is absolutely better!

    Attach an external drive and you have three points of failure. Each drive and the logical connection between them. Any failure in any point and you loose all of your recordings. You cannot divorce the added drive without loosing all of your recordings.

    A new internal drive is simpler, cheaper and easier.
  3. consumedsoul

    consumedsoul Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    Agree w/ bradleys 100% - not to mention w/ the Roamios it got super easy to just swap the drives.
  4. StevesWeb

    StevesWeb Grumpy Old Geek

    Dec 26, 2008
    Geek Hill,...
    Definitely replacing the internal drive is the better choice. With an external drive the chances of losing all of your recordings go way up.

    I suggest a 3TB drive optimized for AV use
  5. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    An added plus is that you also get to keep and use the original 500 GB HDD from the Roamio elsewhere.
  6. keithcarley

    keithcarley New Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    Is swapping out the HDD on the Roamio any different than doing it on a desktop? Is it just a matter of plugging and unplugging SATA cables?
  7. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    If you are recommending it for the extra year of warranty, that's fine.

    If you are claiming an AV-rated drive will perform any better, than a non-AV rated one, or that it is a requirement, you haven't been paying attention to the hundreds of posts I've made pointing out that TiVo does not make use of the ATA Streaming Command Set Extensions (AV feature set), resulting in any drive you use writing AV the same as regular data, with the same error correction as any old data. Any product literature on AV drives, specifying "streams" supported, becomes irrelevant, when the host and/or host software don't make use of the AV feature set.

    Sometimes people want the cheapest route. Sometimes they want the best warranty. Sometimes they are OCD about using an AV drive, because that's the kind it came with. Sometimes they just want the facts.
  8. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    ......,,sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!
  9. Thom

    Thom Unemployed and loving it !

    Jun 5, 2000
    Southern Calif.
    The max size external drive that just connects and works is 1 TB. Only WD My Book AV DVR Expanders will work automagically.

    The max size internal drive that just connects and works is 3 TB. Many makes will work automagically.

    The price for either one is about the same, last time I checked.

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