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External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by michael1248, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. michael1248

    michael1248 Member

    Feb 14, 2002
    I am considering adding an external storage/hard drive. Just wondering what the latest is as far as potential Premiere issues. I seem to recall that many folks were less than enthused when they first added theirs.

    Also, since the Premiere is now considered "Old" what should I expect to pay for a hard drive unit and where would you recommend I shop for one?
  2. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
  3. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    If your premier is out of warranty.
    You might consider an internal drive upgrade.
    Which will be more reliable than an external storage solution.
    No enclosure interface to fail (not that they do)
    4 less connections
    no chance for accidental damage to enclosure or connections getting knocked loose.
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    It's 4 fewer connections but the enclosure interface, including eSATA cable (and power supply) are infamous for failing, at least intermittently, from what I've read in previous threads going back to the debut of the WD drives (and even some of the non WD that were capable of being used on the first S3).

    But yeah, much better off spending about $100 or less on a 2TB WD AV drive and getting even more space than an external would add.
  5. d_bondi

    d_bondi Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    I have 2 Premieres.

    #1 has had a WD 1TB DVR Expander (older version) on it for about 3 years. 98% of the time it works fine, BUT sometimes when the TiVo reboots (power outage, manual, etc...) the TiVo doesn't see the DVR Expander freaks out. So far, another reboot has always fixed the issue. The danger is, if it ever does fail, you loose everything, since TiVo is clever and stores part of every recording on the stock internal HDD.

    #2 (same model), I just upgraded (last weekend) to 2TB WD20EURX ($99.99 at Amazon) and it was not difficult (Thanks to everyone here at TiVo Community Forum!!!).

    I agree, especially if you are out of warranty, do the upgrade, not the external, you get a more reliable solution, and DOUBLE the storage for about the same money (the WD 1TB DVR Expander is about $88 on Amazon).
  6. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

    May 14, 2013
    I've always been a fan of external hard drives because it's just so much easier and no hassle. The latest versions of the WD expanders are quieter then the internal drive itself. Most of the time the problem ends up being a faulty eSATA cable and really unless you're moving the TiVo and the expander around a lot or plugging and unplugging the eSATA cable a lot it's kinda hard for it to get damaged.
  7. contsole

    contsole New Member

    Apr 5, 2010
    I have twice been forced to unpair and repair the external drive causing almost a total loss of everything recorded. One time the drive was flaky and needed replaced, the other time there was nothing wrong with it. I was hoping for some secrete way to reconnect without a format but never did find a way. Next time, it's an internal upgrade for me.
  8. jakerock

    jakerock Hey ho howdy! TCF Club

    Dec 9, 2002
    Lee, NH
    Historically the problems have not been cable issues. There are many examples of people here who (including myself) had the external hard drives fail and lost everything. I'm glad you're one of the people that is happy with their external drive. I will never use an external again with a TiVo.
  9. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    I just did a premiere internal upgrade. I forgot how easy it was using the tools available. great to have more capacity, at a lower price, with a backup drive on the shelf.

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