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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Apr 19, 2009 #2781 of 10248
    richsadams

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    I wouldn't worry about titles...that should work. You may get shuffled about a bit, but eventually you'll get connected to someone that will be able to take care of things.

    Keep us posted!
     
  2. Apr 19, 2009 #2782 of 10248
    richsadams

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    With regard to your Series3, have a read of the first post on this sticky thread and you'll know all you need to know about upgrades.

    With respect to max HDD size, for the S3 it's 2.2TB which would include a 1TB internal and 1TB+ external. It's been so long since I upgraded a Series2 I cannot remember the max on those. :eek: Maybe someone here remembers, or if you posted on the regular upgrade thread someone there will know for sure.

    BTW, spell check is your friend. ;) They also say that people that transpose are borderline brilliant. I couldn't agree mroe!

    Happy upgrading!
     
  3. Apr 19, 2009 #2783 of 10248
    greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Hi Andy,

    If you don't want to use an external at all then this part of the faq is helpful...

    And accordingly only 1.35TB would be usable on the TiVo Series3 using a 2.0 TB internal drive.

    So, if he then marries an external 1TB to an internal 2TB what happens? Same rules apply and still only end up with the max allowed 2.2TB total, right?

    :confused:
     
  4. Apr 19, 2009 #2784 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Right. Any attempt to marry more than 2.2TB [without a hacked PROM] will result in a non-functional TiVo. The TiVo would constantly reboot.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2009 #2785 of 10248
    TiVo_Fanatic

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    Hey Greg, thx for the reply.

    Well, if I ever did need anything over 1.35TB I think I'd need to shoot myself lol, thats just to many SD movies to save lol. But ya that pretty much answers my question about my S3. So I guess I'll buy a 1.5 and set it up so I can use the max 1.35 on an internal.

    Now I just need to find out the max size for my S2 ;-)

    Edit: What does MFS have to do with the max size allowed, I thought that was governed by the TiVo software or something.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2009 #2786 of 10248
    MikeAndrews

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    You didn't mention the SNAFU of the Copy flag. I'd be happy to take everything I wanted to archive off to my PC/Mac/NAS, on which I can ever expand disk space as needed.

    With all premium content flagged I see literally a hundred programs I can't copy on from my S3, which has 1.25TB as stands.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2009 #2787 of 10248
    greg_burns

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    Remember that an S2 uses an IDE drive. So without an adapter to Sata you'll be limited to the largest IDE drive you can buy.

    Don't really know myself, but WinMFS must have special code it in to take into account the larger partition sizes that the older tools don't.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2009 #2788 of 10248
    richsadams

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    That's a good point. Our HBO and Showtime content are copy protected so that does cut down on the things we can transfer to the computer. For the most part we don't keep a lot of programs though. We're not big on watching something more than once and the things we do want to keep we usually end up buying the DVD. I've no idea if we're "typical" or not but so far 1TB has been adequate for us.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2009 #2789 of 10248
    Yuterald

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    I transfer stuff from HBO, Showtime, etc all the time from my TiVo to my PC (and back). The only items that are 'protected' are the podcasts downloaded.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2009 #2790 of 10248
    richsadams

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    I guess it all depends on the provider and location. We're switching to FIOS on Monday and IIRC they don't have copy protection. Hope that's the case!
     
  11. Apr 20, 2009 #2791 of 10248
    Yuterald

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    I have Comcrap...I mean Comcast.
     
  12. Apr 20, 2009 #2792 of 10248
    richsadams

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    That's what we have right now. I'm looking forward to more and uncompressed HD!

    BTW, here's a related blog about copy protection.
     
  13. Apr 20, 2009 #2793 of 10248
    ciper

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    Don't say the word "hit" because that is when they resend the channel map. Try not to say re pair because they will think you are saying they need to be repaired physically LOL

    The idea of calling back until you get the answer you want is dead on. If the person tries to schedule a truck roll just find a way to get off the phone and call back.

    There was an article recently that showed Comcast as the leader in Cable Card self installation. Approximately 1/3 of the installs were done by the end user!

    If it was me I'd make up a BS story about the cable cards working and then you unplugged the unit and when you plugged it back in all your channels were blank and it brought up a screen showing some type of ID numbers and that you should call the cable company,,, I think its the conditional access screen?
     
  14. Apr 20, 2009 #2794 of 10248
    Yuterald

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    You need to speak to someone who can send a signal from the 'header' and understand what that means. Last time Comcast was at my house they were going to send some techs back to learn from ME just how to get cards working. It's useless for someone to come out - it's all done at their main station.
     
  15. Apr 21, 2009 #2795 of 10248
    bicker

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    The sad bit is I actually had the direct-dial number of one of the guys who does it in our area. (I dialed the number for the tech who installed my CableCARDs -- his hands were busy). But we've since moved our whole house around and I have no idea where it is anymore.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2009 #2796 of 10248
    mchief

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    Installing ITB WD10. Complete MFS copy and when asked to expand drive 'yes' and Vista crashed mfs with the following 'gui tools to backup restore expand fix tivo hard drive has stopped working'

    Restart mfs and tried tools>supersize>on and same error message. Not sure what happened. Guess I install 1TB drive and see what I have.
     
  17. Apr 21, 2009 #2797 of 10248
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    It may say 'it has stopped working' or 'not responding', but its possible that the computer is using all of the CPU process to do the job and unable to update the application. If you can avoid closing the application and wait, check drive lights flickering or hard drive activity sounds, do not close. Close only if there are no lights/drive activity noises/ or when its quiet for a long while.
     
  18. Apr 21, 2009 #2798 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Did you follow the instructions and disable your security / antivirus software prior to performing the backup? That can slow the Mfscopy from 30-40 minutes to 3-4 hours.
     
  19. Apr 21, 2009 #2799 of 10248
    mchief

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    Time was not an issue (about 18 min). I started from scratch when TivoHD would not boot with new drive. This time everything worked as advertised. Except even though supersize said it was on, I only have 142 hours HD. More than enough, but I'm one of those crazed folks that must know why. So, I will pull the drive and supersize it again.
     
  20. Apr 21, 2009 #2800 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    After a Mfscopy, you can't just select Tools -> MfsSupersize to Supersize. There is an extra step -- you have to reselect the new drive -- as noted in the instructions.

    This is a fairly common mistake.
     

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