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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. May 5, 2010 #5761 of 10248
    dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    It works just fine; that's what I used. Just make sure to run it as Administrator.
     
  2. May 5, 2010 #5762 of 10248
    Spharticus

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    lol.

    Thanks to this informative (albeit freakin long) thread my HDT is now alive again thru the miracle of technology.

    I used InstantCake (not without problems, see http://www.dvrupgrade.com/forums/showthread.php?t=676

    Now i have 2TB of glorious HD recording space, untainted by suggestions and other mockery. Used the hitachi Deskstar drives and the Antec MX-1 enclosure.

    I don't post much but when I get greatness from those geeks that went before me, always like to give a shout and thanks for your experimentation so it's easier for the rest of the little people.

    Thanks!
     
  3. May 5, 2010 #5763 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Saaaayyyy...who you callin' a "geek" pal? :mad: :D

    Enjoy!
     
  4. May 5, 2010 #5764 of 10248
    tivoknucklehead

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    I got it when they first came out, I guess about 2 years ago. No biggie, the 1 TB is better anyway
     
  5. May 5, 2010 #5765 of 10248
    Marconi

    Marconi TiVo Junkie

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    Wear your Geekiness proudly. It's nerdiness which is to be avoided.
     
  6. May 5, 2010 #5766 of 10248
    richsadams

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    So you're saying that owning an original pair of Spock ears isn't fashionable any more? :p
     
  7. May 6, 2010 #5767 of 10248
    jjberger2134

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    :up::up::up:Upgrade Success!!:up::up::up: Proud owner of a TiVoHD with the Hitachi 1TB drive installed and 157 hours of HD capacity!!

    Glad all of my preparation paid off. I was well prepared and encountered no glitches during the upgrade process. I probably spent several hours reading, thinking and preparing to do the upgrade (I know, I tend to over think things) and about 1 1/2 hours to actually do the upgrade (including transferring the recordings).

    A huge thanks to bdktv, richsadams, everyone who put together WinMFS and everyone else who answered my preliminary upgrade questions.:)
     
  8. May 6, 2010 #5768 of 10248
    seanmccord

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    Last year, I bought a used TivoHD from the original owner, and now am trying to expand storage with an *official* WD 1TB "My DVR Expander". The TivoHD will recognize that a drive has been attached and offer to configure it for use, I will go through the steps on the screen, but upon reboot the drive is not mounted and my TivoHD will ask me to start all over again. I have tried this many, many times since the weekend, but the results are always the same. I tried replacing the cable with a new eSATA, but that hasn't fixed a thing.

    After reading this thread, I believe my problem may be that the previous owner of the TivoHD upgraded the drive, and that the solution is to "marry" the two drives on a PC and run WinMFS. That will be a problem for me since, a) I no longer own a desktop PC; and b) I would have to break open the WD "My DVR Expander" in order to attach it to the PC (thus, I assume, breaking any warranty).

    Does anyone here have any other suggestions? Why is it that upgrading the original drive disallows just plugging in an external drive? As I said, the TivoHD recognizes that an external drive has been attached, it runs through the process, but the drive never mounts. Is there anything else I can do that doesn't require borrowing a desktop PC and breaking open the WD?
     
  9. May 6, 2010 #5769 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Sah-weet! Congrats and enjoy!
     
  10. May 6, 2010 #5770 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Welcome to the forum, sorry to hear about your frustrating experience. Before going down any particular path, please check your TiVo's System Information and post how many hours are listed under Recording Capacity. That will better determine what you're up against. TIA!
     
  11. May 6, 2010 #5771 of 10248
    jlib

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    Considering how many years the standard has been around you'd think they would. I really do not know if the newest TiVo models do. Here's some light reading ;) for anyone interested in the subject: See Section 4.17 Streaming Feature Set of the AT Attachment with Packet Interface - 7 Volume 1 - Register Delivered Command Set, Logical Register Set (ATA/ATAPI-7 V1) document.
     
  12. May 7, 2010 #5772 of 10248
    richsadams

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    :eek:
     
  13. May 7, 2010 #5773 of 10248
    seanmccord

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    Thanks, Rich. I have heard back from the previous owner and confirmed that he upgraded to a 750GB drive before I purchased it from him. My current recording capacity is listed as "Variable, up to 106 HD hours, or 924 SD hours".
     
  14. May 7, 2010 #5774 of 10248
    Keen

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    If you can find a desktop PC that has an eSATA port, I think you can use that to hook up the MyDVR Expander without breaking it open. I wish you luck.
     
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    richsadams

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    cr33p

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    Yah, and coupon only covers 1 drive GRRRRRR, that one made me a lil mad, I even talked with suppt to find that out.
     
  18. May 7, 2010 #5778 of 10248
    ThreeSoFar

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    Quick question along these lines. I installed one of these EVDS drives with TiVo software, and allowed it to update before discovering this problem.

    I've just run "wdidle3.exe /d" on it and it reported the feature is disabled, so I think I'm good there.

    I just want to confirm that there's no need to reinstall the TiVo software. If I boot it up it should work fine now, right?

    (More accurately, if I ship it out to my brother without confirming the install in my own series 3, will it work in his unit again only better now that this "feature" is gond?)
     
  19. May 7, 2010 #5779 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Interesting that it shows the Intellipark feature being disabled. Are you still able to give us the manufacture date? Just curious if this is just for the EVDS series or if WD is changing its manufacturing process again.

    To answer your question, wdidle3.exe doesn't affect anything else on the hard drive.

    With regard to the drive, it sounds like you want to ship the drive (only) to your brother and have him install it in his TiVo? First they both have to be the same model (not a Series3 and a TiVo HD for instance)...it sounds like they are both Series3's? If you used your TiVo's hard drive to image the new drive and it's subsequently installed in a different TiVo it will cause a hardware error. IIRC you should be able to install it in your TiVo, go into Settings and run Clear and Delete Everything. I believe that will allow it to be installed in your brother's TiVo.

    Hope that helps!
     
  20. May 7, 2010 #5780 of 10248
    ThreeSoFar

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    It does, thanks.

    Sticker says 03 MAR 2010. Anything else useful on it before I send it to him?

    Right, I understand about the CADE.

    I'm running v. 1.0.3 of wdidle3.

    The serial number starts with WD-WCAV5927xxxx, if that helps.

    Model WDC WD10EVDS-63U8B0 per the wdidle3.exe utility.
     

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