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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Aug 27, 2013 #641 of 3288
    NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

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    One other question, has anyone yet used an upgrade drive other than the Seagate pipeline drive or the WD AV-GP drives? Just thinking that maybe the issue on the 4TB drive could be the drive type or model. Maybe the Tivo requires the WD AV-GP or Seagate Pipeline drive and won't allow a different one. Just throwing it out there.
     
  2. Aug 27, 2013 #642 of 3288
    Unseen Llama

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    Mine arrived this morning as well as the WD 3TB AV drive. I just swapped the drive out and booted up. TiVo automatically formatted the drive and then went thru the updates. So if it's a brand new drive, try that.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2013 #643 of 3288
    keytohwy

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    It is not brand new. I've been using it for other purposes. I can format it a different way, if necessary, but I'm more curious than anything.

    I guess if no one else replies, I'll try it and post here.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2013 #644 of 3288
    jcthorne

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    Yes, that is exactly what I did. Nothing is remembered. Not even zip code. The TiVo formats the drive and starts the update and setup sequence again. It appears all that is in flash is enough software to format the drive and a few housekeeping items to enable it to get the software download from the mother ship.
     
  5. Aug 27, 2013 #645 of 3288
    jmpage2

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    Use a software application to wipe the partition table or zero it out. Then it will look like a 'new drive'.
     
  6. Aug 27, 2013 #646 of 3288
    alansh

    alansh New Member

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    4TB-1K is the maximum you can express in 32 bits using 1K blocks. So I'm guessing that's what TiVo is doing and is getting an overflow on 4TB drives.

    A possible fix might be preformatting the drive to just under 4TB so that TiVo doesn't try to format it itself, but it still might fail depending on how it queries the drive.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2013 #647 of 3288
    lpwcomp

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    At this point, we do not have enough data or at least the available data have not yet been analyzed to know if such a tool is required or doable. There is definitely not enough information to start designing much less development. If there is, I am certainly unaware of it.
     
  8. Aug 27, 2013 #648 of 3288
    moyekj

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    OK, thanks very much for confirming (and posting).
     
  9. Aug 27, 2013 #649 of 3288
    consumedsoul

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    Thanks for confirming! This might've been addressed already, but does it remember your season pass / wishlist settings etc.? (in other words is that pulled down from the mothership as well)
     
  10. Aug 27, 2013 #650 of 3288
    jcthorne

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    It remembers nothing and the SPs are not automaticly repopulated from TiVo.com. You have to transfer them again.....or from a kmttg saved season pass file :)
     
  11. Aug 27, 2013 #651 of 3288
    consumedsoul

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    Ah... so in Tivo.com it'll show up as another device essentially? In that case does it matter what I name the new device (unique)?
     
  12. Aug 27, 2013 #652 of 3288
    consumedsoul

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    BTW - I'm referencing an existing Tivo Roamio unit that has season passes (that I've been using since last week), I just want to swap out the HD.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2013 #653 of 3288
    andyw715

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    hmm I wonder if you could put a full (of shows) drive from one Roamio into another?
     
  14. Aug 27, 2013 #654 of 3288
    lessd

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    The TSN would not match so I would assume that the drive would re-formatted somewhat like the C&D all that has been in the TiVo forever.

    Does the Roamio have a menu item C&D all ??
     
  15. Aug 27, 2013 #655 of 3288
    larrs

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    I have a spare 2TB WD green drive lying around that I took out of an enclosure that was once connected to one of my computers for backup (2 years or so ago). Any reason it would not work?

    I'd love to save all the money of buying a drive.

    Think I will sell my Elite and then maybe all my lifetime premieres for minis. Would be nice to have one central hub finally.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2013 #656 of 3288
    keytohwy

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    I'll let you know in a couple of hours. I'm in a similar boat.
     
  17. Aug 27, 2013 #657 of 3288
    ggieseke

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    It couldn't hurt to use something like Active KillDisk or one of the other tools mentioned to zero the first & last few thousand sectors since it's already formatted for a Mac, but let us know how it goes is you just slap it in and see what happens.

    That's about what happens on a Premiere with a reimaged "virgin" drive. It remembers the name and the zip code (I think it pulls them from the mothership) but everything else is gone.
     
  18. Aug 27, 2013 #658 of 3288
    keytohwy

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    I just slapped it in. Going through guided setup now. Coming from an S3 LED. This thing is fast.
     
  19. Aug 27, 2013 #659 of 3288
    consumedsoul

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    Just swapped out HD on fully set up Roamio Basic, the only thing it remembered was my device name, had to put in zip code and do the rest of the setup. Had to reconfigure settings, put in season pass / wish list info again etc.

    300+ HD hrs though now! :)
     
  20. Aug 27, 2013 #660 of 3288
    Dan203

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    This may have been answered already but this thread is long and I don't have time to read the whole thing...

    If you go through the complete setup on two different drives can you swap them back and forth and retain all the settings specific to each drive? Or is the firmware in the TiVo paired specifically to one drive?
     

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