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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. Dec 6, 2013 #1481 of 3265
    headless chicken

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    Thanks again, HV. You're a lifesaver. I had the inside railing flipped. It only took me 4x longer than most people, but I managed to upgrade my drive. We'll see if everything is in working order soon.
     
  2. Dec 6, 2013 #1482 of 3265
    ltxi

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    No. Don't even try it. All you need is T10 bit/driver.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2013 #1483 of 3265
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    I paid about $6 for a set of small drivers from Home Depot which had all sorts of driver bits including T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, etc.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2013 #1484 of 3265
    HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    The only reason I knew about it was cuz I did it myself when I didn't pay attention while I was taking it apart, doh! :p
     
  5. Dec 7, 2013 #1485 of 3265
    c3

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    T10 is used for the case. T15 is used for the drive.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2013 #1486 of 3265
    ggieseke

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    You could pop the cover and reconnect the original drive long enough to back up the SPs to your computer with kmttg. When you use kmttg to restore them to the new drive it even keeps the correct order.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2013 #1487 of 3265
    MJR0309

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    Hello all, Ordered a Roamio Plus. Going to install a 3tb drive. Can i swap the 1TB drive that it comes with into my TIVOHD. Thanks Mike:)
     
  8. Dec 7, 2013 #1488 of 3265
    chrispitude

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    That's exactly what I ended up doing. I just put a magazine over the installed drive so I had a nonconductive surface to place the original drive. There was just enough slack in the SATA cabling to make it work...

    Public service announcement for future upgraders - don't forget to back up your season passes with kmttg before swapping drives!
     
  9. Dec 7, 2013 #1489 of 3265
    steve614

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    Yes, but with the Tivo HD, you'll need to put a Tivo HD image on the hard drive before you install it.

    Instructions for upgrading a TivoHD with JMFS:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=462179

    If you do upgrade the Tivo HD, save the original hard drive just in case you need a backup.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2013 #1490 of 3265
    MJR0309

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    Steve, Thanks for the reply. Appreciate that. Mike
     
  11. Dec 9, 2013 #1491 of 3265
    rjuskiewicz

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    I must be missing something. I got an e-mail from TiVo today. $349 for the Plus and $499 for the Pro. That's a delta of $150. That's not much more than buying the 3TB drive. So why would I upgrade instead of just buying the Pro?
     
  12. Dec 9, 2013 #1492 of 3265
    ThAbtO

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  13. Dec 9, 2013 #1493 of 3265
    bareyb

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    I'd just buy the Pro. For the 30 bucks I'd save, I'd rather not void my warranty, and not have to deal with installing it.
     
  14. Dec 9, 2013 #1494 of 3265
    HarperVision

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    You don't have to prep drives for roamios. Just drop them in and boot 'em up! I agree with you though for only $30 more get the pro and be done with it.
     
  15. Dec 9, 2013 #1495 of 3265
    bareyb

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    Ah. True (updated my post, thanks) It's still kind of a PITA compared to just buying the Pro for 30 bucks more.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2013 #1496 of 3265
    ltxi

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    Nope....T10 for the drive mounting as well these days
     
  17. Dec 9, 2013 #1497 of 3265
    ltxi

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    There's just something about spending the extra $$ to escape five minutes work that hurts my head. Plus I now have a couple extra blank 1TB WD Green AV drives.
     
  18. Dec 9, 2013 #1498 of 3265
    nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Actually, I verified this morning that while the case screw is T10, and so are the three that hold the drive brackets to the case, the screws holding the brackets to the drive are T15, but can be easily done with a T10 that has no wear-down. I noticed they felt a bit looser, so I grabbed a T15 and it was snug (as in any more snug and that T15 bit would've needed some persuading to fit).

    This was the base Roamio, but I figure all that will be different with the Plus/Pro is four screws to mount the drive brackets to the case, as opposed to three (educated guess).

    YMMV, and I'd use the right tool for the job, if you have it. Some will say if you don't have the right tool, then go get it (which is my usual position).
     
  19. Dec 9, 2013 #1499 of 3265
    headless chicken

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    Since when is the Pro only $30 more than the Plus?? It was a $200 difference last time I checked.
     
  20. Dec 9, 2013 #1500 of 3265
    Zu Nim

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    $340 Plus + $120 3TB HD vs. $490 Pro. $30 difference, no tinkering.
     

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