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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you mean what will happen to any shows on the hard drive you stick in the Roamio, they, and everything else on that harddrive, will be overwritten.

    If you mean the shows on the PC in the My TiVo Recordings folder which was created when TiVo Desktop was installed, they'll be just fine, sitting there waiting for you to copy them to a TiVo on your network.
     
  2. uw69

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    Is Weaknees still the only option above 3TB for an internal HD?
     
  3. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Yes.
     
  4. IowaGuy

    IowaGuy New Member

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    What tools do you need to replace a drive on a Roamio basic?

    Just a T8 and T10?

    Thanks,
    Noobie Matt
     
  5. dynamiteid

    dynamiteid New Member

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    For the Basic, you will also need a small flat blade screwdriver. The case on the basic is different. After you remove the screws on the back, you have to gently release a couple of snaps on both sides of the case and rotate the cover up and forward. Just be gentle and do it slowly so you don't break the snaps.

    Other than that, the proceedure is the same.
     
  6. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    When I did my Basic it seemed to help removing the top if you gently squeezed the top by bowing the sides in slightly and it releases the the slotted mounts from the stays on the base.
     
  7. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    A prying tool such as ones made for iPhones or iPads should work and not leave a mark.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2013 #1288 of 3265
    swerver

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    I've used the green coffee stirrers from starbucks to pry apart hard drive enclosures without any damage. Grab a few of them, they are free. Get one under a tab and leave it, then stick another one under another tab, continue until it pops open.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2013 #1289 of 3265
    kduffey

    kduffey New Member

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    pulled Roamio out of box, opened and removed 1Gb
    Pulled WD out of box, hooked to Roamio

    Plugged in - everyhting new, never started before
    "Welcome - starting up"
    never changed in 12 hours (I thought maybe it was formatting the 3Tb drive so I went to bed)

    Put the 1Tb back in and it started up fine.

    Lowlevel formatted the 3Tb to see if it needed to be cleared
    No difference :thumbsdown:

    Any ideas?
     
  10. Nov 1, 2013 #1290 of 3265
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Ummmmmm,.......exchange that plus for a pro? ;)
     
  11. Nov 1, 2013 #1291 of 3265
    lessd

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    My Roamio Plus took a 2Tb drive without any problems, never tried a 3Tb but others have said that it works.
     
  12. Nov 1, 2013 #1292 of 3265
    uw69

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    Which drive did you use? 3TB WD-AV drive works fine. Maybe a bad drive.
     
  13. Nov 1, 2013 #1293 of 3265
    kduffey

    kduffey New Member

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    WD AV-GP Its the model mentioned a number of times WD30EURS 3Tb

    The drive appears on my mac as a unformatted, no volumes etc 3Tb drive. Bios Diags run through it fine
     
  14. Nov 2, 2013 #1294 of 3265
    Devx

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    Replace the drive with a different one if possible. It takes only a few moments (minutes, not hours) to prepare the new (3TB) drive and display guided setup.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2013 #1295 of 3265
    emerz

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    After upgrading my WD AV-GP 3TB in a Roamio Basic, Windows, True Image, Disk Director and Ubuntu 13 all showed it as a blank drive with no partitions. I knew this was incorrect as I had recorded at least 40 shows on it.

    I used the LL Format Tool at HD Guru to clear the drive back to "factory new".
     
  16. Nov 2, 2013 #1296 of 3265
    ThreeSoFar

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    I agree. I installed one of these in September as soon as I got my Roamio Pro (before ever booting it up). It's been working great.
     
  17. Nov 3, 2013 #1297 of 3265
    unitron

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    Well those programs/OSes were probably looking for a DOS-type MBR, not an Apple-type bootpage and partition map, so they just assumed that what they saw in sector 0 was random bytes.
     
  18. Nov 4, 2013 #1298 of 3265
    emerz

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    unitron, thanks for the clarification. I always thought that Tivo used a Linux partition map and Ubuntu or Disk Director should have been able to see it. I guess I was still thinking about my popcorn.
     
  19. Nov 4, 2013 #1299 of 3265
    sleepdragon

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    After play with Roamio Plus for about a week, I have decide to keep it and want to upgrade the harddrive with a WD AV-GP 3TB.
    If I don't mind losing the recordings I currently have (not a lot anyway) and don't mind doing the setup again, is the upgrade as simply as drop in a new drive?
    Will I need to re-pair the cable card with cable company?
    Also, when I did my Premier upgrade to 2TB, there was an option to expand the drive, guess it is not currently available with the Roamio right?
     
  20. Nov 5, 2013 #1300 of 3265
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Yes.

    No, You would not even need to connect the drives to a PC. It will use the full size of the drive (unlike earlier models.)
     

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