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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    The word is blank hard drive, if you change drives you should zero out the drive with your computer, but why would you want to use an old hard drive in a new Roamio ? you just spent good money on this new unit, and for under $100 you can get a new 2 TB drive.
     
  2. tdeegan

    tdeegan New Member

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    Money is the only real issue. I'd prefer to reuse the XL4 hard drive (it's only 9 months old) rather than spend money on a new hard drive. I could install the XL4 drive in my computer (like I did with all my other retired Tivo's HDs) if I wanted to buy a fresh HD. 2TB for 300+ hours should be plenty for me.

    I don't believe that there's any major technical issues. Maybe a quick format under Windows. But the Roamio HD prep and setup should format the HD anyhow.
     
  3. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    It could only have a problem if it saw old TiVo software, a blank drive will be the least likely to give you any problems in your Roamio, but it does not do any damage (to the hard drive) to try.
     
  4. sleepdragon

    sleepdragon New Member

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    I would suggest you delete old partitions from the drive and not format it
    Tivo uses different file system than the normal FAT/FAT32/NTFS you find on windows
    Safer to delete all partitions and let TiVo do all the work
     
  5. tdeegan

    tdeegan New Member

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    Follow-up. I ended up buying the Roamio Pro. Apparently Tivo and Best Buy had a promotion for a $50 gift card. So, price-wise it was more or less comparable to buying the Roamio Plus and buying a 3TB drive. Also, my computer storage space is running low, so the XL4's 2 TB will come in handy. Use it til dies.
     
  6. MJR0309

    MJR0309 New Member

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    Hello All,

    Two thoughts, can i swap the active CableCard in my TivoHD into my
    Romio Plus. Also I have Comcast in Philly, can i pickup the CableCard and do the install myself. Has anyone done this. :)

    Mike
     
  7. KevinG

    KevinG Member

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    You can swap cards, but you'll need to call the comcast cablecard hotline to have the re-pair the card with your roamio. And, yes, you can pickup cable cards at the nearest comcast store (though they may be out of stock, and there is no way to know without going there...) The days of requiring a truck roll to get a cable card are, thankfully, gone.
     
  8. MJR0309

    MJR0309 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply, really appreciate that. Called the 489th and Parkside office.....what a joke. Couldnt't even get an answer. Will try to get another card tomorrow, because i'm using the TIVO_HD in another room. Just getting a little antsy having the Plus just sit here. Already installed the WD-30ERUS. Will inform of the outcome. Thanks to all for their insight. invaluable. just wish i could type right now...lolol. Great Forum. Mike Thanks to ALL.....:)
     
  9. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    To pair you cable cards with Comcast just call 877-405-2298.
     
  10. MJR0309

    MJR0309 New Member

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    All done....473 Hours of HD recording. Unbelievable. !!!. Very painless process. Thanks Mike. :)
     
  11. ltxi

    ltxi New Member

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    Have you ever read "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling?
     
  12. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Nope, and I don't plan to. If you really want to give me the cliff notes, you can always PM me.

    Honestly, I'd rather come to mutual understanding with other members here, than fight and cause thread-drift, or bicker with people.

    So far, the only attempt I've tried at doing so, which failed, was with a new member, who just can't leave anything I post alone (always has to try and incite a fight). That member clearly has no intentions of being peaceful, and would rather take snipes at anything I post. I know you likely feel like I am doing the same to you, based on how you react. It's not the same. But, I can understand why you'd feel that way. I don't want that. I'd rather make friends, not enemies, of anybody that can be reasoned with, and do try to keep making that effort.

    Want to discuss something OT, please PM me. This goes for anybody. My PM box is always open.
     
  13. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    No, but I hear "The Yellow River" by I.P. Dailey is really good as well as "Brown Spots on the Wall" by Hu Flung Dung.
     
  14. Loach

    Loach New Member

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    Don't forget "Under the Bleachers" by Seymour Butts.
     
  15. headless chicken

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    OK, I guess it's time to officially unsubscribe from this thread.
     
  16. ltxi

    ltxi New Member

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    Ok...we're good.
     
  17. MJR0309

    MJR0309 New Member

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    Oh yeah one other thing, Called Tivo and got Lifetime on the Plus for $399 and Lifetime on my TIVOHD for $99. It's been a great couple days here. Mike :)
     
  18. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Not before you read "The Headless Chicken" by Ima Butcher. :p
     
  19. MikePA1

    MikePA1 New Member

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    Was it I. P. Dailey who wrote "Rusty Bedsprings" or was that I. P. Knightly?
     
  20. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    People with high capacity TiVos read books?
     

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