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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Nov 5, 2013 #1301 of 3265
    lentiman

    lentiman Ocassional User

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    I'm going to repost the Roamio Pro deal below as it makes buying a separate 3TB drive unnecessary. See below:

    Hey! I just ordered a Roamio Pro from ABT. They price matched the TiVo deal at $100 off. So $499 with no tax and no shipping. I tried at two different best buy locations last night and got shot down both times. No problem at ABT. FYI, if you are thinking of getting a Roamio Plus and swapping for a 3TB hard drive then this deal has the equivalent cost with no hassle and gives you an intact warranty.
     
  2. Nov 6, 2013 #1302 of 3265
    kduffey

    kduffey New Member

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    Ok, something was weird with the Other AV-GP I used. I ordered a new 3Tb, plopped in it into my Roamio Plus- 5 mins from open box to guided setup screen. Must have been the 1st drive.

    I then put the first one into my synology NAS for my PC and bang, 3Tb with no issues. Weirdest thing. I use hdguru to LL it and everything - but no go on the roamio. I did full diags on it and its 100%.
    Anyways, it works, Roamio 3Tb is in my rack and I also I have 3Tb more storage in my NAS - shrug, all good.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2013 #1303 of 3265
    Wpfma

    Wpfma New Member

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    I will be getting rid of my fios dvr and replacing it with the roamio plus. I have a
    WD AV-GP 2 TB AV that I have been using as an extension drive with my fios dvr. I have read through the posts and i am not sure if i can just drop in my 2 TB or does it need to be formatted first.

    If any one has any knowledge about this i would appreciate it. Just want to be prepared so as to be up and running quickly so my wife doesn't kill me because there is no cable access.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2013 #1304 of 3265
    Surrealone

    Surrealone TiVoOnThEmInD

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    Just drop it in before you even turn on your new Tivo Roamio. It will format and setup the drive for you
     
  5. Nov 8, 2013 #1305 of 3265
    Wpfma

    Wpfma New Member

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    Thanks for the fast reply. Thats great. A lot easier than when i upgraded my replay tvs years ago with disc images etc.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2013 #1306 of 3265
    Surrealone

    Surrealone TiVoOnThEmInD

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    No problem. Yes if you put the drive in before you even start the setup it will save you the time and trouble of doing the setup twice. But keep the factory drive in a safe place just in case :)
     
  7. Nov 8, 2013 #1307 of 3265
    ltxi

    ltxi New Member

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    Thanks for the tip! Had to replace one of my two 3TB upgraded Roamio Plus units after a few days of operation for a non drive related infant mortality problem. Tried just reusing the drive in the new unit....unexpectedly worked fine except the TSN came up zeroed out. Ran the LL format tool and all is happy now.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2013 #1308 of 3265
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    You could have just done Clear & Delete Everything and that would marry the drive to the Tivo and clean up the TSN issue.
     
  9. Nov 8, 2013 #1309 of 3265
    ltxi

    ltxi New Member

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    Maybe I'll try that first next time. But on the Roamios if I can't preserve anything I kinda like the idea of starting over with a functionally bare drive.
     
  10. Nov 9, 2013 #1310 of 3265
    chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

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    So there isn't a way to upgrade and keep the recordings on the Roamio? I started reading through this thread to find out. By page 11, I decided to punt and ask. :)
     
  11. Nov 9, 2013 #1311 of 3265
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Paradise...
    Well, your punt went outta bounds, so keep reading! ;)

    While I haven't had to swap drives because I bought a Pro initially, I have read all the posts here and I don't recall seeing anywhere that they've said you can preserve recordings other than copying them over to your PC, authorizing and setting up your new TiVo, and then copying them back.
     
  12. Nov 9, 2013 #1312 of 3265
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    The only way would be to copy/transfer the recordings to a PC/MAC/another Tivo and copy back after the upgrade. The involved Tivos must be subscribed to Tivo service to work.
     
  13. aryndub

    aryndub New Member

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    I have a 2TB "regular green" (non-AV), WD20EARS, that I currently use in my Windows Media Center box as the main hard drive for storing recordings. I'm moving away from the system and just ordered a Roamio Plus and a few minis for my bedrooms.

    I was hoping to re-purpose the drive the 2TB drive for the Roamio Plus. I've read so many conflicting things about whether or not the non-AV green drive will work well. Some have mentioned disabling Intellipark, changing the park idle time to 300seconds and various other items... should the drive work just fine without any additional modifications or should I try and disable the idle time?

    Thanks.
     
  14. mchief

    mchief Morey

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    I put a WD20EARS in my plus a couple of weeks ago and all is well.
     
  15. emerz

    emerz New Member

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    Last time I did a C&D on a HD it took about 6 hours to complete. LL Format took about 5 seconds.
     
  16. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Cox Cable...
    You stumbled into a Roamio thread, where the hardware is zip-zapity-fast.

    There's really no way to even compare a TiVo HD, except: "really slow".
     
  17. Surrealone

    Surrealone TiVoOnThEmInD

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    Looking for a little feedback if anybody has tried this drive yet?
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    WDBH2D0030HNC-NRSN
    It's not a AV drive but is that ok?
     
  18. aryndub

    aryndub New Member

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    Did you do anything special to the drive (disable Intellipark, etc.) or just stick it in and let Tivo do it's thing?
     
  19. mchief

    mchief Morey

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    Nothing done to the drive i.e, intellipark. Took it back to raw (looks like a new drive) using Windows Computer Management and put it in the Tivo - Tivo formatted and away we went.
     
  20. PLargent

    PLargent New Member

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    FIOS...
    I am about to go from FIOS with a CISCO DVR (Hate it) with ~2TB of disk to a my first TiVo, a new ROAMIO on FIOS. I want to max out the disk space so I get something that will last me the next few years. After reading this thread and looking at the weaKnees web site I think that the "Seagate Video 3.5 HDD 4TB ST4000VM000" is the largest option available. The 4tb drive can be found for less than $200 on Amazon and other places. WeaKnees seems to think this drive will work both internally and externally so I could order a second external drive when the first internal one fills up.

    The process sounds simple enough.
    1. Buy a Roamio Plus (plus a TiVo warranty, lifetime TiVo subscription, & FIOS cable card)
    2. Throw out the small drive in the Plus and replace with the new 4TB large drive.
    3. Cross fingers, power up the Roamio Plus, and activate via the welcome screens.
    4. Pay the large visa bill

    I am planning to buy it when the black Friday adds are out so I can shop for the best deal. Other than being a little iffy on the TIVO warranty with a non-standard drive in the Roamio, am I missing something? Has anyone put this drive in a Roamio with any success?

    FYI: Here is where I got this info:
    http://www.weaknees.com/details2/rd4t0ropl.php
    http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/consumer-electronics/video-3-5-hdd/#features
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Video...F8&qid=1384361435&sr=8-3&keywords=ST4000VM000
     

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