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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. dslunceford

    dslunceford Active Member

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    No. VA/D.C.
    YMMV, but as someone who has had an expanded TiVo through multiple generations over the past 13 years, and who has seen the company be really respectful to a hacker community over those years, the reward was worth the risk to me as well.

    There's no way in heck I would try to remove/replace three months of recordings via PyTiVo/Kmttg. Too much hassle/time. I saved $30, have a 1TB to use elsewhere if I want, and I cross my fingers there's not an issue.

    If in any way you are squeamish about upgrading a Plus immediately, vs after the warranty period, I would recommend just spending the extra $30 and get the Pro.
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    If you shop the website the difference between a Plus and a Pro is $200, not $30. If you know how to get a Pro for $429.99 plus service please share.

    Personally, I rip the cover off of all of my TiVos and replace the drive before I even put batteries in the remote, but I do it eyes wide open. Pointing out possible pitfalls to that method is a good thing.

    As you said, YMMV.
     
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    I think he was referring to the difference in price of purchasing a Plus and a 3TB drive vs. buying a Pro.

    FWIW, you can get a Plus with a 3TB already installed for $569 from weaKnees. I find it interesting that they initially weren't going to carry the Pro since the only difference is stock drive size. Now they are carrying the Pro for $30 more than the Plus with the same drive configuration.
     
  4. Starfury9

    Starfury9 New Member

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    You can always get a Plus, and then wait until the 3tb's go down in price (ex:watch slickdeals for a really good deal)
    I got a plus and so far have been fine on the 1TB (The Comcast X1 box I had only had 500gb, so this is 2x the space, and much less buggy)

    If I start to run out of space, I'll look for a good deal on 3tb drives.
     
  5. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Duh. :eek:
     
  6. dslunceford

    dslunceford Active Member

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    No. VA/D.C.
    :D
     
  7. chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

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  8. headless chicken

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    Don't make the mistake of buying a product with a rebate from TigerDirect because they are crooked, as I found out. The drives are shipped bare without the original retail packaging which is expressly required for the rebate, as the terms and conditions state.

    I bought my 3TB WD Red from there on Nov. 21, 2013 and was one of many who were scammed by them. A little bit of research afterwards showed they have horrible ratings: http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Tiger_Direct

    Their customer service department is awful because they advise you to submit the rebate anyway, but I called the company who handles the rebate and they stated the rebate will be 100% denied without the UPC from the box.

    Bottom line, if you buy from TigerDirect don't expect to ever see the rebate.
     
  9. Divilish

    Divilish New Member

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    I just bought a basic Roamio and I will eventually upgrade it past the 500gb HD.

    I have an old Series 3 with either a 1tb or a 2tb drive, is there any reason I could not use this drive?

    I would probably wipe it clean before I installed it just to be safe, the Series 3 doesn't have a high enough price on Ebay to even worry about keeping it intact......
     
  10. A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud New Member

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    Hacienda...
    The drive in your S3 will work fine but consider its age.
    S3's w/lifetime are going for over $200 on Ebay.
     
  11. knownzero

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    Do you think a WD20EARX would work for a drive upgrade? It's the only 'green/av' drive I can find in stock around here.
     
  12. A J Ricaud

    A J Ricaud New Member

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    Hacienda...
    That will work fine.
     
  13. knownzero

    knownzero Seeker

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    Cool, thanks!!!
     
  14. knownzero

    knownzero Seeker

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    So far everything seems fine with the new drive. Actually the hardest part was getting the cover off.
     
  15. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I did three Roamio base models. Basically, it's remove the T8 screw, pull UP from middle of back (get some fingers underneath to make the sides pull in by flexing) and gently the rotate the top upwards to release the front.

    The tricky part (which I didn't notice until the 2nd one), is getting the cover fully seated again, you do it all in reverse order (making sure that little tab in the front is in place FIRST, under the metal), then look to see if the screw hole is lined up on it's own. If it isn't, you can press down and put the screw in, but the snaps on the sides won't be fully seated.

    I went back to the first unit, and had to take the screw out, then squeeze each side with a little side-to-side motion, and front-to-back, hearing one extra pop on each side. Then the screw hole was lined-up without having to press down.

    To the naked eye, I couldn't see any visual signs the lids were, or weren't, fully seated, other than that single screw hole. I just had a suspicion, and double checked.
     
  16. hansnuts

    hansnuts New Member

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    Hi. I'm looking to upgrade my base Roamio. It has been recommended on numerous post here to go with the WD 2TB WD20EURS. Can I buy the WD AV-GP 3TB WD30EURS? It's just $20 more on Amazon. Thanks for your help.
     
  17. PedjaR

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    That's what I got, and so far it works great.
     
  18. hansnuts

    hansnuts New Member

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    PedjaR, many thanks for the reply.
     
  19. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    That's what shipped in my Pro from the factory.
     
  20. tdeegan

    tdeegan New Member

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    I'm interested in upgrading from an XL4 to a Roamio Plus.

    Anyone know if I can just swap/transplant the drive from the XL4 to the Roamio Plus?

    I know I'll void the warranty and lose all my old recordings. From what I've read online, the Roamio setups a blank hard drive for use after you make the physical cable connections and powers back up.

    I'm assuming that it'll do the same with an XL4 hard drive. Just double-checking my guesses...
     

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