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Hard Drive Upgrade Info

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

  1. webcrawlr

    webcrawlr New Member

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    This is a huge YMMV thing. The official price match policy, which you can read on thier website, specifically says gift cards aren't given on price matched items.
     
  2. Keen

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    That's referring to pricematching gift card offers (e.g. Target offers product X at $Y price with $Z gift card, Best Buy won't give you a gift card with $Z on it).
     
  3. webcrawlr

    webcrawlr New Member

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    Like I said YMMV I was told price matching of items that include gift cards as a promo is against policy.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Payment...ee/pcmcat297300050000.c?id=pcmcat297300050000

    If you request a price match on an item that includes a promo gift card you're supposed to be offered the card or the price match, not both.'

    Not sure why this is in the HD upgrade thread?
     
  4. sangs

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    I'm putting a 3TB WD drive into my Roamio Basic today. Seems easy enough based on the photo and instructions in the first post of this thread, but I've read in a few other places that removing the top isn't as straightforward as simply removing two screws and sliding forward. Something about plastic retaining clips make it more difficult than that.

    Anybody here have any experience with that? And if so, what's the best way to remove it without damaging these clips? Any special tool to do that? Thanks.
     
  5. spaldingclan

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    that's the hardest part of this job. took me forever to slide the top forward to get it off as I didn't want to snap off the little plastic clips.
     
  6. sangs

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    Any suggestions?
     
  7. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    As I recall, squeezing the top a little from each side and a slide forward did the trick for me. I don't recall it needing to go forward very much at all, basically a squeeze and lift worked for me with just a nudge forward to clear the front.
     
  8. alyssa

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    It wasn't that difficult. I just had to futz with it and get the angle to apply pressure correct.
     
  9. sangs

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    Thanks for the tips. That was about as painless a procedure as possible. Just have to finish manually validating my Cablecard with FiOS so I get HBO and Cinemax back.
     
  10. TheChosenOne-

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    Yo guys, my original HDD is about to run out of space soon and I will need a new one soon. Just curious if we take out old HDD, put in new HDD then maybe a few months later I want to watch old shows again on my old HDD, I can just put it back into my Tivo and everything will be the same and everything right? TV shows would work and I'll be able to watch them again? I read something about them getting deleted if I do something wrong. Also if I want to transfer them to my computer or another HDD, how would I be able to do that?
     
  11. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    It would be a bigger hassle to swap out HDDs (damage to drive is more possible, voids warranty) then to copy them over to another Tivo or PC. When it gets full, the Tivo will delete them starting with the oldest show.

    To copy them over, you could use Tivo Desktop (not free anymore), or use PyTivo (which also has more features), KMTTG (only downloads, not send back, uses PyTivo for that job.)
     
  12. TheChosenOne-

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    But if I wanted to, I could keep on switching back and forth from my original HDD and future HDDs and nothing will get deleted right? It can still play the shows on my original HDD if I keep on switching back and forth? I won't do that often because all I have is 98% of basketball games on them but maybe one day I might be bored and would like to re watch some games.


    What kind of video format are the shows? Would I be able to play the shows on VLC on my computer?
     
  13. lpwcomp

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    On the TiVo drive? Nothing that is usable by anything but the TiVo on which they were recorded.

    As to whether or not you can switch drives back and forth - I'm not sure anyone knows if it is possible with a Roamio. Unless they are copy protected, transferring to a computer is a much better option.

    Just FYI, although I don't recommend any version of TiVo Desktop, the free version is still available.
     
  14. DocNo

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    With the wall wart that came with my Roamio "a few watts" could be as much as 10% of the things capacity! It's not an insignificant amount. Between the extra heat generated by the 7200 RPM drives (the fan in my Roamio is TINY) and the extra power draw your just asking for problems.

    But hey, more power to you. If you blow the wall wart it's easy to fix and if the hard drive fries from heat it's easy enough to drop another one in (you just loose your recordings).

    I just don't know why someone would tempt fate, especially when buying a new hard drive.
     
  15. ltxi

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    Pretty much asked and answered in the other thread.....the one you started. :rolleyes:
     
  16. tome_9499

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  17. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Nothing 4 TB and up will work. This drive just is a Green drive and not AV. The most Roamio currently can use is 3 TB, and best if its a Green AV drive, such as WD30EURx, WD20EURx.
     
  18. Cap'n Preshoot

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    Only my 2¢ worth here... A 3 TB drive, or, for that matter even a 2 TB drive, amounts to putting an awful lot of eggs in one basket. When (not if) that cheap Chinese drive gets tired spinning, or a head crashes as it will some day, you're potentially going to lose a boatload of recordings. If you treasure your recordings (why else have such a huge drive?) I think I'd look at investing in smaller, say 1 TB external storage drives and swap 'em out (and catalog 'em) as they fill up. Those consumer grade 2 and 3TB WD green drives are (just IMO) a ticking bomb for long term storage that's continuously online. At the very least, put a UPS on it (and don't plug anything else into it).
     
  19. lessd

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    If having a library of programs is important to you, than move the programs off the TiVo to some other external storage that can be backup, today this is not a hard job with the software now available.
     
  20. lpwcomp

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    I have a 1TB drive in my THD and it is almost full, not with stuff that I wish to keep long term but just things I (or the other person who uses it) haven't gotten around to watching. Yes, it's fairly easy to move it to the computer but transfers are abysmally slow. This is on wired Ethernet.

    Anything I want to keep long term, I transfer to computer, edit, trascode to h264 MKV and eventually move to DVD although I am thinking about switching to Blu-ray.
     

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