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Swap Hard Drives

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by hooper, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. hooper

    hooper Member

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    I didn't see an answer to this on a quick search.

    Is it possible to take a hard drive from a Premiere XL and put it in a Premiere? Both are the 2 tuner models and are in service now. The non XL has lifetime and I am probably going to retire one of the boxes and figured I could use the extra space in the lifetime box.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    That would reduce the resale value of your XL to nearly nothing.

    In your position I'd find some way to come up with $100 (which is less than you're going to save the first year of not paying monthly on the XL) and get a 2TB WD20EURS for that lifetimed machine, use jmfs to copy and expand, and put the original 320GB drive on the shelf for safe-keeping.
     
  3. hooper

    hooper Member

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    Recent sales of XL's on ebay 30-60 bucks indicate isn't worth much more than the cost of the drive. Unless I missing something.
     
  4. Gary-B

    Gary-B Member

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    I had to do this when my XL drive died. Pulled the drive from the Premiere and used jmfs and put a 2T drive in it. Had to do a clear and delete for it to work. Don't know if I lost the THX but the software seems the same. Been using it for over a year now.
    Good Luck.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I don't really keep up with S4 prices, but I'm pretty sure they're hard to move without a drive in them.

    I suppose you could keep it in case you ever need the power supply, if it's the same as the one in the regular Premiere.

    But if you put a 2TB in place of the 320, you'll be even less tempted to use one of those problematic externals.
     

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