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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Jun 22, 2009 #3081 of 10248
    normthegreycat

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    Hello All -

    Just wanted to post a thank you for everyone's valuable info. I got a used TivoHD, got a new 1TB WD10EADS from NewEgg on sale in one day shipped for less than 90 bucks.. I used the upgrade internal retain settings - I think it was section V - and it worked quickly and flawlessly... I am now up and running with my new drive - have an M Cable Card with Cablevision and the Tuning adapter, and so far so good.. I got the lifetime service for $299 - so now I have turned in my crappy Sci Atl. Cable DVR that I have been paying 16.99 a month for and my whole investment should pay off in less than two years... I have not had the setup for long enough to comment on the cable card performance, etc, but will do so in that cablevision forum after I have some data to comment on..

    THANK YOU
    GOOD STUFF :up:
     
  2. Jun 22, 2009 #3082 of 10248
    spocko

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    Thanks for posting the results of your test. I was curious about that drive too.
     
  3. Jun 22, 2009 #3083 of 10248
    lrhorer

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    I told the other forum members not to feed you or you would just keep coming back. See what happened? :D
     
  4. Jun 22, 2009 #3084 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    Funny, on a Ham Radio Forum I am on My Avatar says "Do Not Feed The Trolls"!
     
  5. Jun 23, 2009 #3085 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Strays are the same wherever you go. ;)
     
  6. Jun 23, 2009 #3086 of 10248
    moscovitzd

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    I got two Tivo HDs for my Dad. Is there any value in installing 1.5 TB drives internally in a Tivo HD? I'm trying to decide between 1 TB and 1.5 TB drives and he does not want external.

    Thank you!
     
  7. Jun 23, 2009 #3087 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Congrats on the new TiVo's!

    Everything you need to know is included in the first post of this thread. Section IV, #30 is specifically what you're looking for.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2009 #3088 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    OK, be that way! See if we ever go to LO for dinner and a Play again! :D
     
  9. Jun 23, 2009 #3089 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Ha! When I said "strays" I was actually referring to myself. :D Saaayyyy...do I know you? :confused: You don't have to admit it here of course...but P.M. me if so. I might have to give out legit advice to someone that knows where I live. ;)
     
  10. Jun 23, 2009 #3090 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    OH, I am not sure...although a good friend who worked for me at FJ in Hillsboro, and now is at Sun lives in LO. We used to go out on his boat, too.

    MPSAN...aka Dave
     
  11. Jun 23, 2009 #3091 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    Maybe we could move off-topic posts to PM?

    This thread is meant specifically for discussion of expansion and upgrades. It makes it harder for people to find answers when there's discussion unrelated to that topic.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2009 #3092 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    Yup, sorry, I know better.
     
  13. Jun 24, 2009 #3093 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Small world. But not small enough...just passing ships in the night I guess. Always glad to meet someone that owns a boat though. ;)
     
  14. Jun 24, 2009 #3094 of 10248
    Ckought

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    How to install a second hard drive inside a TiVoHD.

    I will skip the parts about removing the current hard drive from the TiVo and using WinMFS to configure and join the two drives; both are covered in other places. This will focus on the hardware aspect of installing a second hard drive inside the TiVoHD.

    I got the idea from a previous poster that used screws and washers on the bottoms of the drives. This is all the same concept; it just looks cleaner (and may be somewhat more durable). I haven’t tried it, but once the two drives are attached I wouldn’t think that that anything short of beating them with a hammer would break them apart.

    Parts list (see photo 1):
    2 SATA cables
    1 SATA power splitter cable
    1 6/32 bolt, long enough to cut into 2 smaller pieces
    1 Torx T10 Screwdriver
    1 Multi-purpose cutter/stripper (with 6/32 bolt cutter)
    1 Needle-nose pliers

    Step 1: Cut two pieces off the bolt (see photo 2). You’ll need to look at your hard drives to determine the lengths needed since pretty much every drive model is different. One should be short enough to be able to be screwed into one of the drives until it’s flush with the outside of the drive. The second one should be long enough to bottom-out in the drive and still have about a ¼-inch sticking out (see photos 3).

    Step 2: Use pliers to screw the two bolts into place. One should be flush with the outer wall of the drive and one should be sticking out (see photo 4).

    Step 3: Screw the bolt that is sticking out of the first drive into the second drive by turning the drives counter to each other until they are tight against each other (see photo 5).

    Step 4: Use the pliers to turn the other bolt so that it threads into the second hard drive (see photo 6).

    Step 5: Mount the drive back onto the TiVo bracket (see photo 7). Mount the bracket back into the TiVo (see photo 8). Attach all cables (see photo 9).

    I realize that this is not very in-depth and expects the user to have a familiarity with the equipment, but I figure if you don’t then you shouldn’t be opening the case in the first place.

    Everyone should feel free to correct, expand, or improve this how-to.
     
  15. Jun 24, 2009 #3095 of 10248
    Ckought

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    Photos 1 - 5

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  16. Jun 24, 2009 #3096 of 10248
    drhankz

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    None of your photos are showing up for me unless I copy
    and past the Photo Link into a sperate browser window.

    None of your links end with a .jpg - I think these bulletin
    boards will only display photos if the files is a real JPG File
     
  17. Jun 24, 2009 #3097 of 10248
    Ckought

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    Photos 6 - 9

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  18. Jun 24, 2009 #3098 of 10248
    Ckought

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    BTW -- I upgraded all four of my TiVoHDs this way with no problem.
     
  19. Jun 24, 2009 #3099 of 10248
    moxie1617

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    I was expecting double sided tape or the good stuff, duct tape, but this is very professional. Good job.:cool:

    How did it effect the internal temperature of the Tivo with both drives in place?
     
  20. Jun 24, 2009 #3100 of 10248
    Ckought

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    I don't know what the normal temp is (I did this as soon as I got them), but they're running at 40C - 50C (depending on the ambient temp).
     

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