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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Aug 22, 2013 #61 of 3265
    nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I'm not saying that others shouldn't buy from him. If they really want that external expander to be an option post-upgrade, he does have the best prices, and ships quickly. But, when you can get the same drives on sale from Newegg, don't care about the external expander, and have the know-how to DIY, his profit can be more than the price of the drive, and your wallet that much lighter.

    There will always be a need for drop-in-and-go drives, and a semi-DIY way. It took me quite a while to learn the Linux basics, for doing things the tools couldn't do within guided menus. Even good-old WinMFS needs additional know-how, beyond what is provided with/by it, to upgrade to 2TB, especially on the S3 OLED.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2013 #62 of 3265
    nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I guess you tacked this on while I was responding. Less than 1 year ago, IIRC.
     
  3. Aug 22, 2013 #63 of 3265
    amseven11

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    Mine arrived today. About to put in a 2TB drive. Will post pics in a minute before then afterwards as well.

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  4. Aug 22, 2013 #64 of 3265
    Dan203

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    What method are you going to try first? There was some speculation that the OS might be on flash memory and that if you simply inserted a blank drive the TiVo would format it automatically. It's unlikely, but perhaps worth a quick try?
     
  5. Aug 22, 2013 #65 of 3265
    amseven11

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    Mine has a 500GB Seagate drive inside.

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  6. Aug 22, 2013 #66 of 3265
    amseven11

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    Thats exactly what I'm trying as we speak. Fingers crossed we have this simple method. Will follow up shortly.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2013 #67 of 3265
    amseven11

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    progress..

    Tools needed:

    To open the case (only 2 screws on the back) you need a T8 screw driver bit.
    Top unscrew the hard drive brackets and mounts you need a T10 screw driver bit.

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  8. Aug 22, 2013 #68 of 3265
    MeInDallas

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    Holy mother of God you made it past the first screen?
     
  9. Aug 22, 2013 #69 of 3265
    amseven11

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    Done. Confirmed: the OS is on the motherboard. No need for tools just change out the hard drive. Hope this helps everyone!

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  10. Aug 22, 2013 #70 of 3265
    Bwatford141

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    Wow! Great job and great news!!
     
  11. Aug 22, 2013 #71 of 3265
    KenVa

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    OMG this is awesome!
     
  12. Aug 22, 2013 #72 of 3265
    aaronwt

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    Seagate shows that model is a 5900rpm drive.

     
  13. Aug 22, 2013 #73 of 3265
    ppartekim

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    Hope this helps? Are you kidding?... :eek: Sir, I think you just opened the flood gates.. :D
     
  14. Aug 22, 2013 #74 of 3265
    MeInDallas

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    And I dont know what to make of the Seagate drives, I've only ever had one and someone gave it to me, so I dont have much experience with them. Some people say they are really good though.
     
  15. Aug 22, 2013 #75 of 3265
    MeInDallas

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    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!! Thank you!! :D
     
  16. Aug 22, 2013 #76 of 3265
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    aaronwt

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    :eek::eek:Wow!! So that is new. So I wonder if that will work with a 3TB drive with no issue? I wonder if a 4TB will work? If this works with the Roamio Plus then I just might need to pick up the Roamio Plus(instead of a Pro)and put in a 3TB drive that I will have after Newegg sends me back an exchange drive.
     
  18. Aug 22, 2013 #78 of 3265
    MeInDallas

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    Be sure and check your recording capacity when done and let us know too, thanks!
     
  19. Aug 22, 2013 #79 of 3265
    amseven11

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    It couldn't be easier. What a relief. Happy to to try this method so we all know how easy it is. I put in a WD EURS 2TB green drive from amazon ($95.00)
     
  20. Aug 22, 2013 #80 of 3265
    Dan203

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    Holly crap that is awesome!!!!

    Crap now I'm reconsidering my decision to buy the Pro. :mad:
     

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