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Cable Cards and New Hard Drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Scott2323, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Scott2323

    Scott2323 Member

    Apr 27, 2004

    My dads Tivo HD(652) had the ext. drive die and I ordered a new 2TB drive from WeaKnees. My question is with Frontier FIOS do I leave the CableCard in when I put in the new Hard Drive and boot it up? Or do I take out the Cablecard and run Guided Setup and after that is finished put the CableCard in?

    Thanks for any help,

  2. jtmal0723

    jtmal0723 Member

    Aug 6, 2008
    Leave the CableCARD in to be sure that Host ID's and such don't change.
  3. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    New drive new data for the cable card, even a C&D all will require the cable card be re-paired by the cable co.
  4. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    I suspect that it may depend on the cable company to some extent. I put a new drive in my P2 (came pre-imaged) and never had an issue with the CableCard. Did have to reboot it once to get rid of the "HW mismatch" error that occurs because the drive TSN didn't match the MB TSN.
  5. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
    will they change if the drive is external?
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Since it's going to be a 2TB drive, it won't be an internal.

    But if the external dies and you're going to not replace it but put in a big internal, what you do is disconnect the external, boot the TiVo, divorce the external, then copy the internal to the new big drive (and in this model expand with jmfs), and the cable card pairing will be copied over from the old internal to the new big internal along with everything else except recordings made after the external was added.

    As far as I know all the stuff like card pairings, your zip code, what your cable lineup is, which over the air channels you get, your season passes and thumb ratings, and all those settings you set are and will be on the internal, and the only thing on an external is pieces of shows, the other pieces of which are on the internal due to the anti-"take the external somewhere else and copy the shows" scheme they use.

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