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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Oct 5, 2013 #1201 of 3265
    lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    The S4s will not even boot with any drive bigger than 2Tb, I tried that out by just using a non expanded copy of a S4 original drive onto a 2.5Tb drive, unit would not even boot when put into a S4 TiVo.
     
  2. Oct 5, 2013 #1202 of 3265
    jmbach

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    Well actually ggieseke was able to get an XL to boot a 3TB drive (with a 2TB image) with a minor adjustment to the APM and block0. He was not sure which made it work.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2013 #1203 of 3265
    krisbuxton

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    jmpage2

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    I think you mean plus into pro.... and, yes, many many people have already confirmed that this is a straightforward thing to do.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2013 #1205 of 3265
    imacericg

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    Newbie question, will Roamio Basic take this drive as well? Is this the max TB?
     
  6. Oct 6, 2013 #1206 of 3265
    jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Yes and yes.
     
  7. Oct 6, 2013 #1207 of 3265
    atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Just some further clarification. 3TB is the max size we can upgrade too without buying specially prepared drives from Weakness.com. Weakness has single 4TB and dual 4TB (8TB total) drive upgrade solutions.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2013 #1208 of 3265
    clark_kent

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    I haven't read all 41 pages so I'm not sure if anyone has already tried a notebook drive or not.

    I put a 2TB Toshiba 2.5 inch notebook drive into a Roamio Plus. It booted up fine and got through setup without any issues. The drive itself is a MQ01ABB200 out of a Toshiba Carvino Portable USB Drive. This might be an alternative for anyone concerned about the power and heat of a 3.5 inch drive in the standard Roamio. I can't confirm if the notebook drive will work or not in a standard Roamio since I don't have one. For anyone interested, the 2TB drive spec's it can be found here:

    http://storage.toshiba.eu/cms/en/hdd/product_overview/product_detail.jsp?productid=547

    Also, incase anyone does want to use a portable drive, a bare 2.5 inch drive will (likely) cost more than a if you buy the same capacity in a "USB portable" drive form and take the drive out of the USB box. Just be aware that not all "USB portable" drives will have a bare disc inside that has a standard power/SATA connector on the bare drive itself.

    Food for thought question: how about putting two 2.5 inch 2TB drives inside the Roamio box? Could we get to that magical 4TB capacity that everyone is pining to get without special software "setup tools" that may only run on a Windows machine? Splitting the internal drive power to two drives would be simple enough but can the SATA connector be split to two drives and if it can, would the Roamio recognize the two separate drives on the bus? :)
     
  9. Oct 6, 2013 #1209 of 3265
    BobCamp1

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    You should be able to use 2.5" hard drives. Note they generally run slower, but Tivos don't need any speed. They are also not as durable, which is probably more of a concern.

    There does appear to be a spare SATA connector in there, and a couple more unpopulated connectors too. I have no clue how the Roamio would react to it, though.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2013 #1210 of 3265
    tigerspy

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    Looking to drop in a 3TB WD AV-GP into my Roamio basic, but have a question- and honestly haven't ready every post on this 41 page thread, so maybe someone could help me if it's already been posted.

    Can I back up my recordings on my existing drive and restore after dropping in the new drive?
     
  11. Oct 9, 2013 #1211 of 3265
    jmbach

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    There are no tools currently available that will allow you to do this. You can backup and restore your season passes but that is it.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2013 #1212 of 3265
    tigerspy

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    Can I use Tivo Desktop (or is that software long gone) to transfer to my PC, then back to the Tivo later?
     
  13. Oct 9, 2013 #1213 of 3265
    Devx

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    Yes, that should work...if you still have a copy. I believe Tivo retired the regular free version back in June and only offer Tivo Desktop Plus now but I haven't checked since they sent the notice.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2013 #1214 of 3265
    jmbach

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    Yes you can. However only those programs that don't have the copy protection bit set. I was thinking about being able to save everything when I replied previously. I am corrected.
     
  15. Oct 9, 2013 #1215 of 3265
    tigerspy

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    Oh yeah, I forgot about the copy protection stuff. Just got back into using Tivo, was a user back in like 2003-2004. I'm guessing anything from a digital channel has copy protection?
     
  16. Oct 9, 2013 #1216 of 3265
    gigaguy

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    Tim Warner here copy-protects about 95% of programs I record.
     
  17. Oct 9, 2013 #1217 of 3265
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Copy Protection depends on the cable company and the cable cards. Antenna never copy protects.
     
  18. Oct 9, 2013 #1218 of 3265
    WRX09MD

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    Try this, worked for me when I transferred everything.
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/kmttg/
     
  19. Oct 9, 2013 #1219 of 3265
    dianebrat

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    FiOS doesn't protect 95% of things, gawd I love FiOS...
    (sorry, not really trying to rub it in, just balancing it out for tigerspy)
     
  20. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yeah I know that dude, what a jerk for doing that! Someone should tell his mom. I used to work with his brother Tony and he's no better. ;)
     

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