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eSata expansion with an already upgraded S3

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by buscuitboy, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    Since there are over 300 pages of posts in the Sticky section concerning expansion for an S3, I thought it would be easier to just make a new post about my question.

    I recently upgraded an S3 (OLED) TiVo with a 500GB Western Digital drive. Used an image along with WinMFS and all works good. I also happen to have a 500GB external USB drive. It happens to have a eSata port as well as a standard USB port. Could I plug this external drive (via its eSata connection) into my S3 and get some additional recording space? Or is some sort of special procedure required?

    Now, I also happen to have a USB to eSata adapter cable. Could I maybe use this cable too to accomplish the same thing with any regular external USB drive? I also realize that ANY kind of external drive option means any new recordings are gonna be recorded across both drives so failure of one drive means loss of recordings no matter what.

    The reason I ask is I thought I remember reading in the past how if you upgraded your internal drive, eSata expansion of any kind was no longer an option. Just wondering if that is still the case (or even true to begin with).
     
  2. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

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    Probably.

    Unplug the TiVo. Then connect the eSata HDD to TiVo. Power up the external drive, then power up TiVo.

    If TiVo "likes" the drive, it will identify an external drive is attached.
    As I recall TiVo does the rest.
    Know this: if the external drive is ever divorced from TiVo; all recordings are lost.

    I do not know if a usb/eSata adapter will work.

    Since you have these extra storage devices and you are starting from scratch, so to speak. Now would be the time to connect them up and see if they work.
     
  3. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    Yea, I am aware of this. Most of the stuff I record I wind up deleting right away after viewing and there has never been something THAT important to me so if I do lose recordings (due either an internal or external drive failing in this kind of setup), I won't be devastated or anything. I enjoy the TiVO, but TV isn't THAT important to me.

    If I do happen to lose everything due to the external drive failing, can I simply unplug it and continue on (with obviously no recordings)? Or do I have to go through all the initial setup steps again (clear and delete everything)?
     
  4. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

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    Good question.
    This TiVo help page does not mention redoing the setup procedure.
    http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/280#permremove
    So it appears the answer is yes, to your question.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Get a WD20EURS.

    Use WinMFS to copy that 500 to it.

    Then, in a separate step, use mfsadd to expand into the remaining 1.5TB.

    Have yourself hypnotized into forgetting that there's an eSATA jack on the back of the TiVo.
     

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