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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Aug 27, 2013 #681 of 3265
    GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    I did it today.

    Opened the box from Tivo.

    4 screws to get the cover off.

    Unplug the drive.

    4 screws to take the drive out.

    4 screws to take the side rails off the old drive.

    Put the side rails on the new drive, screw the drive into the chassis, plug it in and button up the cover.

    Hook it up, go through guided setup, reboot a few times, boom. Working Tivo.
     
  2. Aug 27, 2013 #682 of 3265
    chg

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    Just got done doing the same thing. Very easy to do. Everything seems to be working, so far.

    Showing 477 HD hours capacity. No cable. Using it for OTA only.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2013 #683 of 3265
    ThreeSoFar

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    Honestly...no. I skipped to the end.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2013 #684 of 3265
    Kobe_No_Means_No

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    Yeah, it's that easy. Just pop in a new drive, as long as it's 3TB or less. When I tried 4TB last night it did not work. With the 3TB everything's automatic, put it in and you're good to go.
     
  5. Aug 28, 2013 #685 of 3265
    Kobe_No_Means_No

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    Okay, so here is everything you need to upgrade your Roamio:

    1. 3TB Drive (I recommend the WD AV-GP drive, the 1TB drive inside my Roamio Plus is also this exact drive), the 3TB drive is currently $137.99 on Amazon, shipping included.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W9BKE0/

    2. T10 Torx screwdriver - I tinker with computers quite a bit, and I've tried all kinds of precision screwdriver kits. Most of them are crap, but not this one. This is the absolute best. Maxtech 16521MX precision bit set. $10.66 on Amazon shipped.
    http://www.amazon.com/Maxtech-16521MX-32-Piece-Precision-Bit/dp/B000MF754W/

    Tada! This is all you need to upgrade your Roamio to 3TB. You will end up with an extra 500GB/1TB drive, so maybe you can get something like this as well:
    http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Docking-Station-ASMedia-Chipset/dp/B003UI62AG/
     
  6. Aug 28, 2013 #686 of 3265
    TC25D

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    On a Roamio Basic, you also need a T8 Torx to remove the 2 screws that hold the cover on.
     
  7. Aug 28, 2013 #687 of 3265
    consumedsoul

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    Actually only one of the 2 screws (T8) - the other and the internal screws are all T10 (just replaced drive today).
     
  8. Aug 28, 2013 #688 of 3265
    TC25D

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    I replaced the drive in my Roamio last night. Both screws at the top of the back of the unit are, actually, T8.

    See picture in post #144.
     
  9. Aug 28, 2013 #689 of 3265
    consumedsoul

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    Bizarre... one screw was a T10 for sure (shorter too) - maybe there's some discrepancy in base model shells?

    Anyhoo - like you said bottom line need a T8 as well. :)
     
  10. Aug 28, 2013 #690 of 3265
    TC25D

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    I agree - the 2 screws that hold the top on were different lengths, too, but on mine, the T8 worked on both.
     
  11. Aug 28, 2013 #691 of 3265
    sterfry

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    Just another data point.

    I have a TiVo Roamio. I replaced the 500GB Seagate Pipeline drive with a Western Digital AV-GP 2TB with no issues so far. Roamio has been successfully setup, recorded shows and transferred shows from a Premiere XL.
     
  12. Aug 28, 2013 #692 of 3265
    shoeboo

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    Safety...
    My base Roamio had one T10 screw and one T8 on the back, not that it matters.
     
  13. Aug 28, 2013 #693 of 3265
    TC25D

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    I stand corrected. :D;)

    On the Roamio Basic, the screw above the HDMI port is a T10 while the screw above the eSATA port is a T8.

    The T8 worked in both because the screws go into plastic and don't need to be all that tight.
     
  14. Aug 28, 2013 #694 of 3265
    aaronwt

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    So does the Plus and Pro have two sizes of Torx screws? That has always been the case with previous TiVos.
     
  15. Aug 28, 2013 #695 of 3265
    jcthorne

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    Only the top center screw needs to be removed. The other one is to secure the HDMI port to the case. Not needed to remove that screw.
     
  16. Aug 28, 2013 #696 of 3265
    elwaylite

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    Thanks for this, since most of the stuff on my Roamio basic can be downloaded again, Im going to order a 2TB WD AV-GP drive now for tomorrow and get it installed. I can send the DVR Expander back and save money!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042AG9V8/ref=ox_ya_os_product

    WD AV-GP 2 TB AV Video Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA II, 64 MB Cache - WD20EURS

    Ordered that overnight for $102.
     
  17. Aug 28, 2013 #697 of 3265
    kealoha311

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    Upgraded a Plus last night with a plain old 3TB WD Green drive since I had one not being used. I saw that people were asking about installing a non-AV drive.
     
  18. Aug 28, 2013 #698 of 3265
    elwaylite

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    In the past Ive used spare green's, they work fine in my experience on other DVR's. I figure since Im buying a new one anyways, might as well get the AV-GP.
     
  19. Aug 28, 2013 #699 of 3265
    tivogurl

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    I've read somewhere around here that the auto-parking feature on the green drives can cause problems with TiVos.
     
  20. Aug 28, 2013 #700 of 3265
    elwaylite

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    Theodore, Al.
    AV-GP has intellipark, but drives are never "idle" AFAIK in a TiVo. I thought one of the reasons the AV-GP drives are usually used in DVR's like Directv, etc..., is because a green drive has some certain data error correction, which is something you dont need or want in a drive recording video.
     

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