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Roamio - Adding External Storage

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by markp99, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Sep 14, 2013 #1 of 155
    markp99

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    I am contemplating expanding the storage on my Roamio Plus.

    An external eSATA drive seems least painful from an install/moving recordings an internal replacement would require. Is the Roamio limited to the My Book AV DVR Expander from Western Digital?

    I no longer have a functional PC with eSATA drive ports, so I might be a bit limited on a winmfs-based approach.

    What are my options? Should I just bite the bullet and switch out the internal drive??
     
  2. Sep 14, 2013 #2 of 155
    aaronwt

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    Yes, switch out the internal drive.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2013 #3 of 155
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Yes, now that TiVo made it easy to upgrade the internal hard drive, it's a no brainer.

    Forget about the external and the extra point of failure it adds.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2013 #4 of 155
    markp99

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    Sold on this point alone!
     
  5. Sep 14, 2013 #5 of 155
    gweempose

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    I haven't followed any of the Roamio drive upgrade threads. How is it easier now? Do you no longer need WinMFS or InstantCake?
     
  6. Sep 14, 2013 #6 of 155
    bobfrank

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    All reports are that you just install a new hard drive, up to 3 tb, and the Tivo installs the software without any additional software needed on your part.
     
  7. Sep 14, 2013 #7 of 155
    dianebrat

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    correct no tools needed, take the old drive out, place the blank drive in, Tivo formats it as needed.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2013 #8 of 155
    mdscott

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    Up to 3TB

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  9. Sep 14, 2013 #9 of 155
    TC25D

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    There's only 1 thread and all the answers are within the first few pages. Let us know if you'd like someone to stop over and install a drive for you.:D
     
  10. Sep 14, 2013 #10 of 155
    gweempose

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    Wow, that's pretty cool! I wish I had known this before buying my Pro. I could have bought a Plus instead and just upgraded it myself. I assume I would have saved some money. How much are 3TB drives going for these days? Do you have to use a specific type, or will any old 3TB drive do?
     
  11. Sep 14, 2013 #11 of 155
    markp99

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    gweempose

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    It's actually $10 less now at $136.54.
    Are there any other difference between the Plus and the Pro other than the size of the drive?
     
  13. Sep 15, 2013 #13 of 155
    yokito

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    Is it true that as soon as TiVo gets external storage it is being used right away to store stuff - even if the internal hard drive is not full yet?
     
  14. Sep 15, 2013 #14 of 155
    fdisker2000

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    As soon as an external HDD is used it is "married" to the internal drive and recordings can and will span the two drives. If the external HDD is removed any recordings since its use will, most likely, no longer work. Recordings from before the externals use should still work.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2013 #15 of 155
    CrispyCritter

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    Yes. This is done for speed, but also more importantly, cablecard regulations. CableLabs is very particular that a cablecard device does not put an entire copy of a recording on a device outside of the cablecard device (the TiVo itself).
     
  16. Sep 15, 2013 #16 of 155
    yokito

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    So, if the external hard drive fails will I lose all recordings since installation of that drive or only some?
     
  17. Sep 15, 2013 #17 of 155
    TC25D

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    This.

    The TiVo starts using the external drive as soon as it is connected.
     
  18. Sep 20, 2013 #18 of 155
    zubinh

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    I just need a little extra capacity not much. I saw a 500GB USB hard drive (Seagate STBX 500100) for about $60 on Amazon. It is powered by USB only no separate adapter needed. Is there anything like this with ESATA that can be powered by the Roamio without a separate power supply?
     
  19. Sep 20, 2013 #19 of 155
    bradleys

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    I installed an external drive on my S3 just after the functionality was introduced and the handshake failed within just a few months. The drive was fine, but something went wrong and the Tivo would not work.

    I removed the external drive, rebooted and everthing was back to normal. But, yes - I lost ALL of my recordings.

    I would never use an external drive again, it just creates an unessessary level of complexity if you have a problem with either drive - you will loose everything!
     
  20. Sep 20, 2013 #20 of 155
    Goober96

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    Now that they come with such large drives and upgrading the drive is so simple, I agree that adding an external drive is just more potential trouble than it's worth.
     

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