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Can you directly swap a hard drive between Roamios?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by kucharsk, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. kucharsk

    kucharsk Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    I installed a 3 TB drive in my brand new Roamio before finding it had a hardware issue (both the red and blue circles light up every time I record.)

    When the replacement unit arrives, if I just swap the drive into the new unit, will my programs, season passes, etc. be retained, or do I need to start from zero again?

    Really, the only thing changing will be the unit ID, but I'm asking whether the programs/settings are somehow associated in a way that would confuse the new unit.
  2. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Swapping hard drives between units will not preserve settings or recordings. The TiVo Service Number is written to the hard drive when the drive is first formatted. If you boot the drive in another Tivo, it will boot, but will display errors and prevent viewing of any past recordings due to a mis-match of the old TSN with the new TSN if the new box.

    Season passes can be saved using the program kmttg. Assuming your cable provider does not use the CCI flag excessively, you could also transfer recordings via kmttg to a conputer , and the back to the new drive.
  3. kucharsk

    kucharsk Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Actually I know I can retrieve the season passes from the TiVo web site.

    What do I need to do to the drive before moving it? Anything?
  4. crobey

    crobey New Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    So is there a way around this? TiVo replaced my defective roamio and I would like to use my 3Tb drive in the replacement?
  5. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    You can use your 3 TB drive, but you will lose all recordings. The only way I know to preserve then is to copy off to a PC using TiVo Desktop or kmttg. Of course, if your shows are copy protected, you are SOL unless you delay sending the old unit back until you've watched them.
  6. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    there is no way to upgrade to a larger hard drive and preserve all of your recording? Really?
  7. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    As mentioned, transfer recordings to another TiVo or PC, not all recordings can be transferred unfortunately.
  8. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    I thought the latest version of MFS Tools would actually allow you to copy the drive with everything on it?

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