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DVR Expander on Roamio... More than 1 brand?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by IowaGuy, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. IowaGuy

    IowaGuy New Member

    Oct 30, 2013

    Has anybody had any success with a "non WD" eSata hard drive connoted to the Roamio with any success?

    I am a new user and would appreciate any feedback.

    Thank you so much.

    All my best,
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Just install your own fresh drive in the box, super simple and cheap.

    There is only one expander.
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The WD expander is the only one supported. If you try to use another brand the TiVo will not allow it to be paired. (software limitation)

    As for what jrtroo said... The Roamio DVRs have made upgrading the internal drive very easy. You can simply drop a blank drive up to 3TB into the Roamio and it will format it and install the software automatically. It's recommended you get an AV drive to insure performance standards, but it's not required and people have had success with non-AV drives.
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    I would certainly recommend staying away from external drives as well. But you should be aware that dropping in a replacement internal drive means you will lose all current settings and recordings you may have and you will need to go through guided setup again and possibly lose cable card pairing. i.e. It's like starting with a new TiVo again.

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