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Replace S3 External Drive with Larger One

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tmeek, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. tmeek

    tmeek New Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    I have an S3 with an external 1T drive. I want to replace the 1T drive with a 3T drive. I want to transfer all existing programs from the 1T drive to the 3T drive. How to do?
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    You cannot do this. Check out the upgrade center, preferred upgrade is a single internal drive to reduce possible points of failure. Most older boxes can use a max of 2TB of capacity through a self install.
  3. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    And ... your best long term strategy is to have just one (large) internal drive. Using an external drive gives you no reliability advantage since each recording is split between internal and external drives. If either one fails, you lose all recordings. It actually decreases reliability.
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    If you mean the original S3 (TCD648250) with the clock on the front, you have some external drive flexibility, but that model and the other 2 S3s, the HD (TCD652160) and HD XL (TCD658000) cannot work with drives, internal or external, larger than 2TB.

    (Okay, technically I think it's 2TB in binary units and 2.2TB in decimal units, but the next larger size available is a 2.5TB and that's too big, i.e., requires too large a binary number to number everything in it.)

    The S3 HD and HD XL, of course, can only use drives on the very short list of approved WD models that the TiVo will check against when you hook up an external, and there are only 500GB drives and 1TB drives on that list.

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