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Full Volume Backup Via ESATA Port

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by BH9244, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. BH9244

    BH9244 Member

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    Wish their was the ability to make a full backup and/or restore. Would be nice to not lose recording in the event of a disk event...
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Never going to happen, mainly due to copyright concerns. Even when you use a eSATA drive to expand storage TiVo purposely splits the data between the internal and external drives so that no full copy of a show exists on the external drive.
     
  3. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Active Member

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    Why not transfer all your shows to your computer using Tivo desktop or one of the other programs for doing it? I do it all the time.
     
  4. BH9244

    BH9244 Member

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    I do for those that are transferrable, unfortunately as a TWC subscriber the majority of non broadcast channels have the copy protection flag enabled by TWC so can't transfer them..
     
  5. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I think it would be because TiVo doesn't want anyone repairing their DVR.
    If TiVo was to create a way to backup the hard drive, they would be condoning an activity that goes against their policy.
    Making a backup implies a future possibility of a user opening up their DVR in an attempt to repair it themselves.
    TiVo doesn't want anyone opening their box, they would never create something that would facilitate that.
     
  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The Roamio line is self repairing. You can simply drop in any hard drive and it will automatically format it and install the software. So they've already made repair about as easy as it can get. But I get your point. Allowing a backup would imply that they are OK with self repairs, which they aren't no matter how easy they are.
     
  7. malverde

    malverde New Member

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    That's a no-go on Time Warner. Everything is protected.
     
  8. dredwing

    dredwing New Member

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    Please allow me to nitpick. Allowing a backup might lead some customers to infer that TiVo is OK with self repairs.

    A TiVo is pretty much functionally equivalent to a (feature limited) PC. PC (and hard disk) manufacturers require* customers to back up their own data, so that a warranty replacement involves only a swap of hardware, and the vendor isn't responsible for recovering or transferring data from a failed PC or disk. Furthermore, since the internal disk of a TiVo is (with moderate inconvenience) removable, the level of encryption for the internal disk should satisfy whatever DRM requires. If it is good enough for the internal disk, it should also be good enough for an external disk. In the same way that protected content can be archived from a Media Center PC (but only played back through that same PC), it would be reasonable for TiVo to offer an "Archive to e-SATA" option.

    With all that said, you were probably correct when you said "Never going to happen, mainly due to copyright concerns." Trying to apply logic where DRM and copyright are concerned is generally an exercise in futility.

    *(require ==> as in "if you don't care about your data enough to back it up, we don't either, unless you want to pay us a bunch of extra money. Lots of money. More than you paid for the hardware in the first place.") At least the PC and hard disk companies don't prevent you from making the backups.
     

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