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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Oct 7, 2008 #1821 of 10248
    oViTynoT

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    Microcenter has the 1TB WD GreenPower drives on sale for $129. Picked that and an MX-1 up yesterday; all is well in my world now!

    (Series 3 + 1TB, New FiOS Lineup!)
     
  2. Oct 7, 2008 #1822 of 10248
    richsadams

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    That is a good price! :up: AFAIK there have not been any issues using the Hitachi drives either internally or externally w/Series3's. The Deskstar's are notoriously noisy though. However if you use the Hitachi Feature Tool to adjust the AAM down to 128 it might be acceptable (depending on the situation, living room as opposed to bedroom, etc.).

    Hmmm...I might grab one to pop into my empty MX-1 and upgrade our S3 (again). :)

    Let us know how it goes!
     
  3. Oct 7, 2008 #1823 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Sah-weet! :up:
     
  4. Oct 7, 2008 #1824 of 10248
    smokeyjones666

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    Just got my WD10EACS-65D6B0, Antec MX-1 and SIIG 1m SATA cable from Newegg yesterday, assembled it all and ran the Western Digital diagnostic utility last night (just to be sure, I've had my fair share of hard drives that were DOA.) Hooked it all up this morning and configured it - so far my TiVo hasn't complained.

    I sure do like that Antec enclosure - nice and quiet.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2008 #1825 of 10248
    ilh

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    Wow. I was in Microcenter last week and they were priced at $239. I was shocked they were trying to sell it that high.
     
  6. Oct 8, 2008 #1826 of 10248
    jlb

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    FYI, I noticed that the DVR Expander is listed at $129 today on Amazon (sold and shipped by TigerDirect).
     
  7. Oct 8, 2008 #1827 of 10248
    brettatk

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    What about using externally with a Tivo HD? Same thing or not recommended?
     
  8. Oct 8, 2008 #1828 of 10248
    richsadams

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    The Hitachi's shouldn't be a problem with TiVo HD's either as an internal upgrade (recommended) or as an eSATA drive. IIRC there are several folks here using them successfully.

    Of course with respect to an expansion drive for a TiVo HD, it won't be Plug and Pray as with Series3's...would require using winMFS (as outlined in the first post on this thread) to marry the internal drive to it.

    The general consensus is that if you want to upgrade a TiVo HD, it's just as easy to upgrade the internal hard drive (you have to pull it anyway) in lieu of adding an eSATA drive. Of course you could do both if you needed a lot of space...but the OEM TiVo HD drive is so small it really isn't worth keeping for anything more than putting it on the shelf as a backup.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2008 #1829 of 10248
    brettatk

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    Thanks for the info. I've previously upgraded internally to a WD 1TB drive when I bought my Tivo HD last year. With all the new shows starting back and with our watching time being pretty limited right now I'd feel better with some extra space. Especially since they are all in HD and suck up some space. I might wait till Black Friday to see what kind of deals are being offered and pounce on one if I like it.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2008 #1830 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Good idea. :up: It looks like 1TB drives will soon eclipse 750GB drives for value per GB. I'm sure there will be some serious sales the way the economy is going. 2TB's will be sweet!
     
  11. Oct 11, 2008 #1831 of 10248
    rjspring

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    Installed into my Tivo HD a week and a half ago, no issues.

    Moved 100GB of shows from my old Tivo Series 2 DT to it (took five days) and still going strong.

    Just had cablecards installed from cable company installed yesterday (cable tech had never done a Tivo before, luckily I read through these forums and all other instructions I could get my hands on) and I'm on cloud nine.

    Long live Tivo!

    I have a second Tivo HD I'll probably be upgrading in the next month or so with the same drive - now $129.99 at Newegg.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2008 #1832 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Sweet! AFAIK you're the first one to report moving programs from a Series2 to a TiVo HD. Well done! :up: I'm guessing you accomplished that using TiVo Desktop? But if you did it using WinMFS that would make you a new "TiVo Pioneer" of sorts. ;)

    Enjoy!
     
  13. Oct 11, 2008 #1833 of 10248
    rjspring

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    Nope, just Tivo to Tivo transfers (I activated both, switched out the series 2 after the shows were transferred.).
     
  14. Oct 11, 2008 #1834 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Ah, MRV...got it. Still nice. :up:
     
  15. Oct 12, 2008 #1835 of 10248
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    I have already added a My DVR Expander to my Tivo HD (been attached a long while, full). I want to upgrade the internal TivoHD drive to 1tb (and keep the original as a backup) and transfer all of the recordings to the 1tb, and at the same time also transfer the shows on the DVR expander I have now to a New My DVR Expander ... is this possible with WinMFS ?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  16. Oct 12, 2008 #1836 of 10248
    ThAbtO

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    The tivo records shows spreading amongst both the internal and the external drives. You disconnect the external and the shows become broken up and you lose all those added since the ext drive was installed.
    One option is to transfer all your shows to a PC before you install a new drive and then transfer back afterwards.
     
  17. Oct 12, 2008 #1837 of 10248
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    When I attach my TivoHD internal (sda) and My Expander (sdb) I get the error that I cannot transfer both to one drive (new 1tb)... But can I transfer (all shows) if I attach 2 drives?

    I thought If I hook up another My DVR Expander it might work .... (WinMFS)
    Tivo Original sda -> New 1TB sda
    My Expander old sdb -> My Expander NEW sdb

    ..there would be 2 drives attached. I was hoping I would not get the error about transferring to one drive (?)

    I already have the New 1TB drive but I am deciding if I should put out the funds for the extra MyDVR Expander? Seems like a waste if I cannot directly transfer all programs to both new drives.

    Do you mean transfer the shows with Tivo Desktop? The only problem is Digital content is blocked, so that's about 80% of both drives is non-transferable. Is there a way to save all programs with WinMFS onto my PC?

    Thanks for you help and suggestions! :)
     
  18. Oct 13, 2008 #1838 of 10248
    brettatk

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    I have a quick question. I waded through several pages of this thread and couldn't find the answer. If I add an esata drive to my Tivo HD (already upgraded to 1TB) nothing will happen to my existing recordings, right? Just wanted to make sure before I do anything.


    Also what kind of pricing are people finding for the Antec MX-1 these days? I found the following:

    http://www.compuplus.com/i-Antec-MX-1-USB-e-SATA-Actively-Cooled-35-Inch-SATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure-1012832~.html?sid=zhdaace52464r13

    Is this a decent price or can I expect to find this price at other places as well?
     
  19. Oct 13, 2008 #1839 of 10248
    richsadams

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    AFAIK, using winMFS to marry an eSATA drive to your upgraded Tivo HD shouldn't affect the existing recordings at all.

    $35.50 is a very good price for the MX-1 (although I don't know the seller's track record). I've seen it as low as $24.95 with a rebate once in a while, but that's a very good price outirght.

    Happy upgrading!
     
  20. Oct 13, 2008 #1840 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Hmmm...that's a good question and I thought you'd have an answer by now. In my mind you can't do what you're hoping to do as TiVo stripes recordings across both drives and since you're changing the size of at least one drive that will be problematic. However if you're up for it and used the dd rescue program it might be possible, but again, the difference in the upgraded drive size may be an issue. Since I've never tried it personally and I'm not sure anyone here has attempted exactly what you'd like to do either I can't say for sure one way or the other...brighter minds will hopefully prevail.

    I hadn't thought about it, but I guess I could be in the same situation one day if I wanted to upgrade my upgraded TiVo. :eek: This is a good example of planning ahead when you upgrade I guess...do what you expect you might want to do from the beginning unless you're willing to lose your recordings later.

    You might want to ask Spike (the creator of winMFS, etc.) over at the MFSLive Forums.

    You're correct, you won't be able to transfer your copy-protected recordings to your PC. :(

    Best of luck and let us know what you find out!
     

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