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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. scoombs

    scoombs Member

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    I ran my Tivo HD for years like that. I had an eSATA RAID enclosure attached to the internal drive connector of the Tivo, and just ran a "single disk" Tivo that happened to be running on RAID.

    I simply did it for protection against a drive failure and losing my recordings, though that is not how it started. I was originally testing when Spike was working with "large" volumes and breaking the 1TB barrier.

    The enclosure had five 1TB drives in it as RAID 5, though I was ultimately not able to use anywhere near that. To get it to work, I ended up having to carve a volume of 1.26TB out of the RAID. Anything larger than that would not work.

    That was as large as it got until solutions like JMFS came along, and ultimately the series 3 "k" software version that allowed up to 2TB.
     
  2. cosmicvoid

    cosmicvoid Tivo noob

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    I asked Tivo support about external drives, and this is the answer I received:

    The following model numbers are the only expanders compatible with the TiVo boxes:

    WDC WD5000AVJS-63TRA0
    WDC WD5000AVVS-63ZWB0
    WDC WD5000AVVS-63H0B1
    WDC WD10EVVS-63E1B1
    WDC WD10EVVS-63M5B0
    WDC WD10EVVS-73M5B0
    WDC WD10EVDS-73U8B1
    WDC WD10EURX-73FH1Y0

    So, except for the Weaknees add-on drive, the answer is NO, 1TB limit.
     
  3. dslunceford

    dslunceford Active Member

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    No. VA/D.C.
    Well, yeah. TiVo support isn't going to steer you toward anything but their pre-approved devices. I'm asking if more than 1TB can be added to external in some way other than the official expanders...
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    The answer to your question is yes. The bad news is that there isn't any DIY instructions you have to buy paired drives from weakness.com
     
  5. dslunceford

    dslunceford Active Member

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    Would this account for difference of what the Roamio reports vs what the iOS app reports? Roamio/Mini show 26% space used, the app shows 35% full. I was thinking maybe the app shows space taken by suggestions?
     
  6. NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

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    Nope it's not suggestions as I don't have suggestions and still have the app showing 100% when the Tivo shows 86%. The weird thing is that it appears to be consistently about 33% off as when I had 60% the app showed 80% and your case is also about one third off. I don't think it's recently deleted either. Just some kind of Roamio bug with the app. It's still not working either even with today's app update.
     
  7. gfgray

    gfgray New Member

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    Its the 6Gb/s interface version of the WD30EURS. Same AV-GP series. I noticed Newegg charges the same amount for the WD30EURS and WD30EURX. May as well get the X.
     
  8. jaydro

    jaydro Senior Member

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    Hear, hear! My experience was they were great until they made a mistake, at which point they turned rude to the point that I felt they were frothing at the mouth in e-mails to me. A real surprise and disappointment.
     
  9. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    I was trying to follow what you were even referring to... and after searching discovered you were responding to a week old post (about Weaknees) which in itself was in response to a post from back in early September.

    #trytokeepitcurrentguys
     
  10. jaydro

    jaydro Senior Member

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    Sorry--I did a full quote (which I normally think is excessive) and then didn't realize that still wasn't enough context.

    I normally try to keep my wrath against Weakness in check.

    Sorry to bother the thread police. :eek:
     
  11. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Paradise...
    Wasn't that a Cheap Trick song? ;)
     
  12. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    I just bought a Roamio Basic. Am I to understand that if I want to upgrade the 500GB HDD all I have to do is take the 1TB HDD out of my old HD DVR and install it in my Roamio?

    In order to save all the recordings do I need to us winmfs and clone the 500 to the 1TB? Or are they stored elsewhere?

    To save everything on my computer SDD to a backup HDD I use Ease ToDo. Do I need to transfer from the 500GB to the 1TB?
     
  13. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    If you want to save the recordings (I'm assuming they are on the old HD DVR?), they have to be transferred to a computer first, as the Roamio will automatically reformat the hard drive to use the new setup.

    And if you want those saved recordings back on the Roamio, they will have to be converted to a conventional .mpeg file before transferring.
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    True, although hopefully that situation will rectified at some point.

    Not true.
     
  15. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I was confused. I was thinking recordings are tied to a specific Tivo, but they are tied to the MAK. Duh. :eek:
     
  16. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Regarding the drive size, has anyone noted any issues(heat?) with replacing the 1/4 height with a 1/2 height as shown in the image here? I don't recall seeing it mentioned in this thread but wondered if it's been noted elsewhere.

    Thanks all.
     
  17. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    I have all the shows on my pc via Tivo DeskTop. I have a 1TB HDD I can take from my old HD DVR to use in my Roamio. Do I just swap HDDs and run setup again?

    Is the Roamio HDD just for recordings now?
     
  18. Devx

    Devx New Member

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    When you install the 1TB HDD in the Roamio it will format/erase the HDD and run guided setup again on startup as though it was brand new.
     
  19. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    What will happen to the shows I've got recorded in "My Shows"?
     
  20. cosmicvoid

    cosmicvoid Tivo noob

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    Poof! Gone.
     

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