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How to format external drive?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by Kipp Jones, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Kipp Jones

    Kipp Jones AVS Heavy Hitter

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    Hi,
    I replaced the internal drive in my S3 with a 1TB new drive. I had an external Toshiba 1TB drive connected to this Tivo before the upgrade. I tried reconnecting it but the S3 does not see the external drive. What can I do to get it to work? I am assuming the external drive needs to be wiped clean to work with the S3??? I have checked the esata cable, tried 2 of them and the drive powers up as normal.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Kipp Jones

    Kipp Jones AVS Heavy Hitter

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    Ok, so I found a Toshiba utility and performed a format. The Tivo sees the drive and goes through the setup and restart but the drive never installs. I have tried multiple times. Any thoughts?
     
  3. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    You can't use a blank drive, it must have the TiVo software installed on it, for external drives it has to be WD with the correct model number.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I thought S3s did the formatting and installing on eSATA externals themselves without needing anything done to the drive beforehand?
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    On the other hand, you said you replaced the internal, but did you restore an image to it first?

    When you spread out into multiple threads details get lost.
     

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