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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by amseven11, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. alanerickson

    alanerickson New Member

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    I'm looking at adding a 3TB drive also. Wouldn't msfr need to be ran after installing the new drive in order for ALL of the drive to be available? If I'm only adding a 2TB drive is it still worth it to run msfr to "align" the drive? Thanks.
     
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  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    It doesn't work on 2TB drives (only 3TB and larger) and it's not necessary to use all of the drive with a 3TB drive but it will align it for you.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=528428

    Scott
     
  3. NashGuy

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    I noticed that NeweggFlash has the Seagate Pipeline 2TB HD (the same line as the 500GB drive that TiVo uses in the base Roamio/OTA) on sale until Tues. for $50 with free shipping:

    http://www.neweggflash.com/Product/9SIA5AD2HT2468

    From the specs I read, it looks like it uses slightly more power than the comparable DVR-specific Western Digital drive (AV-GP) but is still pretty low power.
     
  4. NashGuy

    NashGuy Active Member

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    I noticed that NeweggFlash has the Seagate Pipeline 2TB HD (the same line as the 500GB drive that TiVo uses in the base Roamio/OTA) on sale until Tues. for $50 with free shipping:

    http://www.neweggflash.com/Product/9SIA5AD2HT2468

    From the specs I read, it looks like it uses slightly more power than the comparable DVR-specific Western Digital drive (AV-GP) but is still pretty low power.
     
  5. Hamstring

    Hamstring New Member

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    Can you still use the extender dvr if you upgrade the drive?
     
  6. ChrisFix

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    Just wanted to provide a data point for those interested in upgrading their Hard Drives.
    I just installed a 5TB WD Green WD50EZRX IntelliPower drive in a Roamio Basic (and disabled the idle timer with WDIDLE3), and all was great for 24 hours, after which I had all the front panel lights flashing and the TiVo was stuck at the start up screen.
    I had previously purchased a Woot OTA for spare parts and swapped the power brick, which immediately fixed the issue.
    I've since ordered the LiteON power brick from Amazon as I'm certain the 2A OEM brick isn't up to the task.

    Edit: Jan 31, 2016 - The 3.3 amp LiteON power brick completely fixed the issue...a $25 dollar fix that is working perfectly (and the barrel plug fit the TiVo very well)
     
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  9. ShoutingMan

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    Has anyone had problems with TiVo transfer feature after a hard drive upgrade? This feature was working pretty stably for the previous six months or so. After my hard drive upgrade, transfer to my iPad mostly fails. I don't know if they're related, or if this is TiVo software updates and TiVo app problems.

    Currently I get a T[0x1000000] error about 100MB into a transfer.
     
  10. mattack

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    I think it's completely unrelated. I get basically constant errors trying to download or stream shows, whether at home or away from home. once in a rare while I have had a successful download (i.e. ONE try or even a very few tries is a 'success' in my book though it should really always work unless the network literally goes away).. But usually I have lots of errors, have to wait a very long time.

    The error #s used to be very predictable.. on a recent update, the #s changed, but the symptoms didn't.

    Since I already download shows and watch them on my iPad with VLC (currently I do that with some shows I want to watch faster than realtime), I may end up doing that with dramas and such and watch them 'normally' in VLC, instead of trying to put up with the show downloading.

    It's very very broken.
     
  11. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    MFS Reformatter version 1.0.0.4 (available in the Upgrade forum) adds support for 8TB drives.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. jgbrown54

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    Should a clean drive be partitioned and formatted before installing it in a Roamio? If so, what format?
     
  13. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    It should not be formatted/partitioned in any way. Roamio has that ability, up to 3TB. More than that, it needs a little help, on a PC with MSFR.
     
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  14. robliv

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    I just ordered a Tivo OTA 500GB refurb for $199 w/lifetime off their current Thanksgiving sale. I am interested in upgrading the Hard Drive for about $100 and read through much of this forum. Assuming I just want to plug and play and not bother with any formatting (therefore 3TB or less) or using WIDDLE3 to disable the idle timer, are these Amazon options okay?

    1. WD20EURX: would prefer 3TB, but it's $140 vs $64 for 2TB so not worth the $$$ to me
    2. WD30EZRX: 3TB for $97 but I need to disable the idle timer, right?
    3. WD30EFRX: 3TB for $109. The Red (other 2 are green) drive ... need to disable the idle timer, right?

    So, given those 3 options, only option 1 is a true plug and play, right? I think 2TB gives about 300 hours of HD.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Cheers, robliv
     
  15. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    #3 WD Red drives is the drive of choice. No idle timer to reset.

    WD20EFRX $88.48 If you are just looking for a 2TB and Plug 'N Play.
    WF30EFRX for the 3TB.

    I would no longer recommend any of the WD green drives. Have to WDidle3 and perhaps HDAT2 for them to work. Also, they are going out of production.
     
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  16. robliv

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    Excellent, thanks ThAbtO! Exactly what I was looking for. For the extra $20, I'll get the 3rd TB ... Nice to know the Red WD drives <=3TB are straight up plug and play.

    Cheers, robliv
     
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  17. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Most I have heard from others on Newegg is either lack of packing or not enough of it to keep the drive from bouncing during transit.

    Amazon does a box within a shipping box tightly placed so either little or no packing is needed.

    I have a WD 4TB in my Roamio and its been quiet running for over a year.
     
  18. robliv

    robliv New Member

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    Turns out the Newegg one was a refurb, so not apples to apples ... bought the new one from Amazon for $109 ... thanks again ThAbtO!
     
  19. robliv

    robliv New Member

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    The new red 3TB just price dropped from $109 to $98 on Amazon ... good deal! Grabbed it!
     
  20. tch65721

    tch65721 New Member

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    I'm seriously considering Roamio OTA but would have to upgrade the drive. I understand how to physically change out the HD. I really don't understand how to move the data from the replaced drive to the new drive. Could someone point me to the correct post? Thanks.
     

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