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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. tomm1079

    tomm1079 New Member

    May 10, 2005
    i have a unused 3 TB red.

    Any reason to not use that in a plus?
  2. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

    Jan 1, 2009
  3. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Napa, CA
    Can someone update the OP, took me a few minutes to get to the top? (No, that is not what she said.)

    One T-9 screw center at the back.
    ThreeT-10 screws on the top of the drive bracket.
    Four T-15 screws on the brackets that mount to the side of the drive.

    No screws in the SATA/Power connection.

    Opening to the top is, lift center back just a bit and pinch the left or right sides in to release the (six total) three tabs on each side. The top is pretty flexible and has a lip that covers the back and sides so you can lift the center back and then push one side lip and then the other. No sliding forward, kinda roll forward as you release the tabs back to front. The very front kind of hangs on until you get the last set of tabs off.

    Thanks for the info. Now running a WD RED 2.7TB drive. :) I setup the drive it came with first and the new one worked fine. I had a 3.6TB WD RED on hand but it just loops the setup. :(
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    You were successful in getting an S3 HD to even boot from a 3TB drive?

    Are you sure it wasn't only a 2TB?
  5. tsheley

    tsheley New Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Just looking to save money where I can.
  6. yukit

    yukit Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    So what is the best 3TB (green or red) drive deal right now? I could use one or two drives.
  7. yukit

    yukit Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    I picked up a few drives from Newegg with this code: MBLBF5 to give 5% discount.

    You must use Newegg mobile app to qualify.

    Not sure how strict they are with the timed promo.

    Good luck & happy shopping.
  8. thewebgal

    thewebgal MacAphile AV geek

    Aug 10, 2007
    DC 'burbs
    Another satisfied customer!

    Ordered a Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower HDD drive from NewEgg on Weds morning.
    Printed the Amazon $149 price a bit later & dropped by BestBuy Weds after work -
    did the price match and got a base Roamio with the $50 gift card ... What a great deal!

    Had a great Thanksgiving yesterday ...

    Hard drive arrived this morning, easy enough to swap it in place of the 500 GB drive.
    Swapped the connectors in my HT rack - took about 20 minutes for Guided Setup -
    slipped in the FIOS CableCard midway then maybe another 20 minutes for a Service Update.
    Used Tivo.com to copy my (30) Season Passes from the old TivoHD to the Roamio.
    Did have to sort them to put them back into order - but not having to recreate them from scratch is great!
    Checked out StreamBaby and its working great (Streams stuff from my MacPro upstairs down to the Roamio).
    Got kmttg installed yesterday evening but I'll have to play with that a bit to copy our old shows over -
    we do have some shows on the TivoHD that are more than a year old back when we had COX CATV!

    I do have some more configuring to do with the new remote,
    but so far, you folks here saved me a ton of money and a ton of trouble,
    and made upgrading to the latest, greatest TIVO quite a wonderful experience ...



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  9. headless chicken

    headless chicken Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I thought the Roamio base model was not capable of accepting a 3TB drive...
  10. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    Yes, it can. That's the max all the roamios can take without having Weaknees finagle with the larger drives to get them to work.
  11. headless chicken

    headless chicken Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Okay. I bought the Plus thinking I needed the midlevel model to upgrade to a 3TB drive. I suppose it accommodates the 3.5 drives just fine then.

    What real advantage does the plus have over the base model? A better resale value? I know there are 6 tuners instead of 4, but I'm not even sure my cable companies M-cards can handle 6 tuners simultaneously.
  12. MikePA1

    MikePA1 New Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    I know I don't have all that many posts, but I did find this this great comparison of the models here before I bought my Roamio Basic.
  13. headless chicken

    headless chicken Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Yeah, I'm well aware of that page. As well as this one:

    I was looking for personalized user input.
  14. djjuice

    djjuice Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    The 4TB drive WD40EURX is starting to show up. Newegg has one for $189, a bit expensive but at least they're out there now.
  15. chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    I wasn't sure about RCN's M-cards either, but (whether they knew it or not) it works like a charm!
  16. MikePA1

    MikePA1 New Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    You mean like posts earlier in this thread that indicated up to 3 TB hard drives work in all models?

    Since all models run the same software, what kind of 'personalized user input' were you looking for? Since probably no one has sold their Roamio yet, no one knows what the resale value will be.
  17. djjuice

    djjuice Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    those who are asking a difference between models, have you visited the tivo.com site?
    https://tivo.com/shop/roamio has a comparison of all 3, it's really down to built in MoCA adapter, mobility streaming without needing a tivo stream, and tuners.
    I'm not counting the initial HD space as well thats why you're in this thread
  18. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    There's one other difference not in that table. The Plus & Pro both have Gigabit Ethernet. The basic model is only 100 Megabit.

    Also anyone have any idea what this line means?:

    Works with 	Built in 	Built in 	N/A
    My guess is that it is supposed to be "Works with Stream" and that there should be a green dot under the "Roamio", pushing the "Built in" entries so they are under the "Pro" and "Plus" and the "N/A" so it is under the "Cable DVR*" column.
  19. ltxi

    ltxi New Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    Better/proven platform form factor, six tuners, built in MoCa and streaming, 1 TB drive, RF remote, plus whatever. Any will handle a 3TB drive. The Basic is a cut rate, entry level model stuffed into a new, small box. Unless seriously strapped for cash or needing OTA, I wouldn't touch it for a four to five year product cycle investment.
  20. Brudha

    Brudha New Member

    Nov 29, 2013
    On the flip side, I would not invest in the models that did NOT offer any ability to get FREE HD programming with the highest-quality picture from an OTA antenna. With the Base Roamio, you're not absolutely locked into a monthly fee cable connection. You can have the best picture quality available, without cable's compression.

    If the Plus offered OTA, it would probably be a no-brainer decision; but, the exclusion of this most important feature making it a universal box for ALL users, not just cable subscribers, puts the Base Roamio in a position better for the long-term and wider audience appeal.

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