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Holy Crap, Batman, that's a lot of space!

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by markp99, May 23, 2012.

  1. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

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    I've had my new XL4 for about a week (replacing my original S3).

    The 4-tuner goodness is pretty amazing, with 3 or 4 of them churning most of the time. I am only at "12% full" but have a mountain of programming to watch, with over 100 suggestions among the MANY scheduled recordings.

    The suggestions engine is matching my preference pretty closely, after a couple rounds of adding thumbs-down to stuff I did not like.

    I cannot imagine this TiVo getting to >50%, let alone 100%! Yikes. :eek:
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    The suggestion recordings will not increase the usage meter. You could have 300 hour long HD suggestions and it would not increase the percentage of the usage meter.

    I recently enabled suggestions on my both of my Elites. They have been recording suggestions like crazy. Using all four tuners alot. I enabled it only five days ago and I already have over 130 HD suggestions on each box.
     
  3. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

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    Ahh, good to know, Thanks!!
     
  4. TerpBE

    TerpBE Go Terps!

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    I remember having an internship in college, and one day the IT guy came in with a 1 GB hard drive. I remember thinking, "Wow...how will anybody ever fill that up?"

    Your perspective will change in a few months.
     
  5. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

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    Similar story, only in an earlier year. A co-worker was considering buy a 20MB (yes "MB") drive. I told him he'd never hope to fill that thing. D'oh, was I ever wrong! :);)

    He is happy to remind me of that statement to this day!
     
  6. mchief

    mchief Morey

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    My first PC was an original IBM 8088 with a 20MB HD. I upgraded it to 40MB for a whopping $250. How things change:eek:
     
  7. aaronkn

    aaronkn New Member

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    I'll go one better. First computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 3. 2Mhz processor, NO hard drive, two 5.25" floppys, and a cassette interface for saving data to tapes. :D
     
  8. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    My first real computer was a TRS-80 CoCo 1 with 4k of RAM, and NO floppy. ONLY cassette interface. No networking. No Internet. TV monitor with 32 columns of text. Software was something you keyed in manually, in BASIC, from magazines, or bought on a ROM cartridge. Slow-ass printer and 300 baud modem came quite a while later. But I used even older stuff before that- Timex Sinclair, Heathkit, Model 1, etc.

    When you look back at all the change, it is truly mind bending. And no matter what I currently have, it is never fast enough, never enough storage, and never has all the features I want :)
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    There was no "Internet" as we know it now back when I had my Commodore 64, but there were forums (dial up bulletin boards). :p

    I was so jealous of my friends that were able to upgrade to the Commodore 128. :D
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Mine is almost full. I don't have suggestions turned on, but the other day I had 8 programs in recently deleted. It's mainly because I have 4-5 shows that I have not watched at all this season, so I have 22-24 hours of each just sitting there. I'll either watch them this summer or I'll delete them and the SP before next season starts.

    Dan
     
  11. Ed_Hunt

    Ed_Hunt Pokerpro

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    Yup, Commodore 64 was my first then the 128 and then off to the races.
     
  12. blackngold75

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    Oh, yeah. Commodore 64 with the cassette drive. I remember buying a book of programs including Lunar Lander. Awesome!
     
  13. Ziggy86

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    My concern is when the hard drive stops working. I am not a computer expert so I am not comfortable buying a hard drive and following the steps to get it to work with Tivo so to buy one ready from weaknees will be expensive :(
     
  14. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

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    Weaknees is a great option, and not really too much more expensive that DIY. Really is plug and play from them...
     
  15. Bighouse

    Bighouse 200 Club Member

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    Hard drives all have limited read/write capabilities. Eventually they will fail. I don't like to needlessly use that capacity up by allowing TiVo to record shows that I may not like or care to watch so I don't leave the suggestions feature enabled. I am quite capable of shortening the life of my equipment without help from TiVo!
     
  16. MC Hammer

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    Too bad that doesn't matter as Tivo is writing to the hard drive 24/7 for your Live TV cache. Recordings put no extra stress on the drive.
     
  17. Bighouse

    Bighouse 200 Club Member

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    So, you're saying that if I have my Tivo in standby mode and I don't have any recordings scheduled of my own design, that Tivo is constantly recording to the HD??? I can't believe that's true.

    However, if I have it in standby mode my hunch is that it WILL kick in the suggestions feature and start recording all on its own. Or, am I wrong on this one too???
     
  18. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    All standby does is disable the outputs. The Tivo still records the live TV buffers.

    If you have automatic recording of suggestions turned off, standby will not cause them to start recording.
    If you have suggestions turned on, standby allows the Tivo to record suggestions without any input from the user (It doesn't need to ask if it can change a channel to record a suggestion).
     
  19. MC Hammer

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    Your Live TV is constantly buffered (I.E. written to the hard drive) so long as the Tivo is connected to power.

    And no, as long as suggestions are disabled, under no circumstances will your box record them.
     
  20. Bighouse

    Bighouse 200 Club Member

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    Wow...four tuners constantly buffering no matter the mode the unit is set to?!?!? I'm guessing Tivo couldn't qualify for an "Energy Star" rating????

    Personally, I think that's a true waste of energy and can't help but wonder if there wasn't a better way for Tivo to implement this- both to conserve energy and prolong hard drive life. I'm not so addicted to television that, when turning it on, I feel I MUST backup to the start of the buffering session for a show that's being buffered by my four tuners.

    Thanks for the education.
     

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