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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Jan 11, 2009 #2281 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Hi Mike. Glad to hear things are about normal and the wife didn't indicate that the sofa was your new home. ;)

    It sounds like you didn't do the Supersize step with winMFS. That would have put you at 157 HD hours. Not a big deal. You can do it any time without impacting anything else.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. Jan 11, 2009 #2282 of 10248
    dxcoded

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    Do you have to take the drive back out of the tivo to do this or can you hook a usb up to it and just supersize the drive?

    thanks

    eric
     
  3. Jan 11, 2009 #2283 of 10248
    txporter

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    You need to mount the drive with winmfs to supersize it. You can pop the case on your tivo and hook up a usb/sata adapter from your computer to tivo. The drive doesn't need to come totally out of the tivo, if that is what you are asking.

    Jason
     
  4. Jan 11, 2009 #2284 of 10248
    richsadams

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    myblubu

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    I think the drive comes configured for 3.0GBs and I believe you can change the setting with the Hatichi tool.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2009 #2286 of 10248
    mhalladay

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    - I thought that I had done that to the new drive; is it possible that I 'Supersize'd the original 160GB TivoHD drive when I made the menu selection in winMFS? Should I have checked which drive was 'selected' prior to running Supersize? Thanks, again, for all the info....
     
  7. Jan 12, 2009 #2287 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    If you did the upgrade with both drives connected at the same time, then yes, you had to select the destination drive (as per step #16 in the instructions) before doing Supersize.
     
  8. Jan 12, 2009 #2288 of 10248
    mhalladay

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    Thanks; that's exactly what happened :up: - I believe my haste in wanting to get back to stable operations with just the internal drive upgrade resulted in missing step #16... and I'm usually one who does follow directions well!

    One last question (I hope..): is there any problem that I've created with the 160GB original TivoHD drive by Supersizing it; or is it still viable to use if necessary to re-run winMFS & copy from it to create a new upgraded drive - or if warrenty service is required?

    Mike H.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2009 #2289 of 10248
    ChickenCheese

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    Well, I ended up going with the WD 1TB harddrive that recommended on the FAQ for my Series 3. I ordered it from Amazon and hopefully it should be here by the weekend. Thanks for everyones help with this. I'll let you know how it goes!
     
  10. Jan 13, 2009 #2290 of 10248
    GarKar

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    I Just ordered a WD10EVCS ($112 w/ship) and downloaded WinMFS Beta 9.3. This is a fairly new update. Have recent upgraders used this WinMFS version successfully? I have a Series 3.
     
  11. Jan 13, 2009 #2291 of 10248
    txporter

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    Yes, I used it to marry an external esata drive (WD10EVCS) to my 1TB system (WD10EACS) at the beginning of the month. No problems.

    Jason
     
  12. Jan 13, 2009 #2292 of 10248
    bareyb

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    I used it and it worked perfectly. Couldn't be simpler if you follow the FAQ at the top of this thread. :up:
     
  13. Jan 13, 2009 #2293 of 10248
    slyone

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    I just ordered 1 of those WD DVR Expanders (500GB) is this a good choice? Do I simply plug and play? Thanks..
     
  14. Jan 13, 2009 #2294 of 10248
    greg_burns

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    Not the best bang for the buck, but it is plug and play.
     
  15. Jan 13, 2009 #2295 of 10248
    slyone

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    Thanks Greg, one day I may open them up and install bigger drives.... I know I should probably have backups made too just in case of a hd failure...:confused:
     
  16. Jan 14, 2009 #2296 of 10248
    richsadams

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    I used winMFS 9.3 to swap out a WD10EACS for a WD10EVCS last month and it worked perfectly. :up:
     
  17. Jan 14, 2009 #2297 of 10248
    ChickenCheese

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    Thanks to everyone's help here and the great FAQ, I was able to upgrade my Series 3 last night to a WD10EVCS. It's now showing as 157 HD hours :D

    Everything was really easy to follow. The only trouble I had was putting a couple screws back. My sausage like fingers had trouble getting in a few tight spots to thread them!

    Maybe the only other suggestion would be to clarify the FAQ where it talks about backing up. There were three choices for backup, and I kinda guessed that it was the top one (TiVo truncated, or something like that). Now, this could just be me being a novice at upgrading TiVos. Anyway, thanks again!
     
  18. Jan 14, 2009 #2298 of 10248
    philwojo

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    I would agree with ChickenCheese. I also did this last night and upgraded a TivoHD to a 1TB WD10EVCS using the 9.3 WinMFS and the backup steps could be slightly clarified for the novices like me out there.

    I am comfortable doing work like this, but don't want to brick my TIVO by messing something up. I know it was only a backup, but would still be nice to have just that little bit more detail in it. I actually did all 3 backup's but the "Truncated" took the longest by far.

    The only thing I don't have it showing 157 hours now, only 142. I followed all the steps, but I did do a complete backup including shows to the new drive, not sure if that made any difference. I did follow the correct procedure for that.

    Phil
     
  19. Jan 14, 2009 #2299 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Done.
     
  20. Jan 14, 2009 #2300 of 10248
    philwojo

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    Dang your fast, and thanks!!
     

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