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Tivo HD (TCD652160) eSATA Port is enabled now

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by spike2k5, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Sep 6, 2007 #1 of 118
    spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    Looks like eSATA port is enabled for Tivo HD w/ the latest software update (8.1.7c2-01-2-652)

    There is no easy kickstart method or easy plug and play method found as of yet.

    So you will have to use mfstools (Mfslive Linux Boot CD) or WinMFS.

    Screenshot is here.

    Connect both internal and eSATA drive to your computer:

    For WinMFS, use mfscopy (answer "yes" at the end), restore(answer "yes" at the end) or mfsadd and will take care of it.

    For mfstools, mfsadd -x -r 4 /dev/sda /dev/sdb (notice there is no "e" that was required for Tivo S3)
    /dev/sda is your internal drive, dev/sdb is your eSATA drive.

    If you don't have a Tivo HD (TCD652160), go out and get one ASAP b/c you are missing out.
     
  2. Sep 6, 2007 #2 of 118
    MickeS

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    I think I speak for all of us here, even as a non TiVoHD owner, when I say that you rock. :)
     
  3. Sep 6, 2007 #3 of 118
    CCourtney

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    Great News - Got it working with a RAID 0 yet ;-) (Thinking about 2 750Gb's)

    CCourtney

    PS: I posted some questions about your 2.5Gb RAID 0 setup on your 'TiVo HD Finally Upgraded' thread if you get a chance.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2007 #4 of 118
    MirclMax

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    Well that's wonderful.. great find! But of course.. now I have more choices and continue to be confused by them.

    As someone who was about to do a 750 or 500 GB internal drive swap on a THD .. can you come up with any advantages do doing it via the eSATA port instead other than the extra storage space that keeping the original drive inside would provide?

    If the kickstart worked I'd probably jump right on it .. but if I have to yank drives out anyhow .. I'm thinking internal drive upgrade now ... maybe eSATA later? (As needed) .. that make sense? Am I missing anything in my thought process?


    -MirclMax
     
  5. Sep 6, 2007 #5 of 118
    bkdtv

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    Remember, Tivo told some reviewers that it planned to officially support eSATA expansion by the end of the year.

    Upgrading the internal drive now should make it easier to upgrade storage further using eSATA later this year.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2007 #6 of 118
    spike2k5

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    I'm not sure if you can add eSATA using Plug & play if you upgrade internal drive now. Maybe Tivo Inc will change things around to make it work but up to now, Tivo never had this ability. (BlessTivo or Kickstart)

    I will poke around some more and see if plug & play can be enabled somehow.
     
  7. Sep 7, 2007 #7 of 118
    sergiu

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    i got my tivo hd 2 days ago and the external drive last night. g still need the esata cable. i'll wait for the kickstart....for a few more days....i hate to void the warranty...
     
  8. Sep 7, 2007 #8 of 118
    rcamille

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    I just upgraded my internal drive to a 500gb. (Thanks Spike). I now have 64 HD hours. I am thinking that this is sufficient for my needs, but if it turns out to be inadequate. I will put the OEM drive back into the TiVo HD and put the 500gb drive into an enclosure and connnect via eSATA once it is oficially enabled.

    I think the benefit of upgrading the internal drive is that the unit remains self contained.
     
  9. Sep 7, 2007 #9 of 118
    sergiu

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    if you got it in ....just leave it you can add even more om esata later ....even the original drive
     
  10. Sep 7, 2007 #10 of 118
    richsadams

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    Thanks Spike, good stuff as usual. :up:

    It'll be interesting to see if the glitches some are seeing w/eSATA expansion on the S3's appear with THD boxes. (Ours has been flawless since May 12th, but not so with others.)

    I'd agree...if you need to pop the case, just upgrade to the largest drive you can afford and wait for TiVo to support eSATA for even more real estate. (Has anyone installed a 1TB drive in the THD yet?)
     
  11. Sep 7, 2007 #11 of 118
    spike2k5

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    Many people told me they have upgraded to 1TB.

    I looked around some more yesterday did not see any easy plug and play way to add an eSATA drive. Looks like Tivo Inc. has to do yet another software update to support their Plug & Play eSATA drives. Also, it may not work on already upgraded internal drive.
     
  12. Sep 7, 2007 #12 of 118
    TXTivoUser

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    I just got my 500 installed on Wednesday, and I don't really forsee any need for more space anytime soon. I'll just keep the OEM drive and firmware in place and use my 500g drive for now. If/when the need arises, I'll probably slap the OEM drive in, update its firmware and use this 500g as eSATA, or maybe even just slap a 1TB drive internally if the 500 isn't enough. I, however, doubt that'll ever be the case for me.

    Now - if somehow THD starts supporting 2 multi stream cards for a toal of 4 tuners....then we might have a space issue. :D
     
  13. Sep 7, 2007 #13 of 118
    normychas

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    this is not possible. This is a hardware issue. First of all the TivoHD has two slots, one supports multistream and one supports single stream. My tech tried to install a multi stream card into the second slot so i know for a fact that it wont even recognize the card. Second of all the TivoHD only has two tuners so while it has the ability to split the signal internally for the two cable cards there would be no way to tune even a third signal which would be possible with a multi and single stream cable card. Now this is a message board so I'm sure if i am incorrect somebody will harshly correct me but this is my understanding of the TivoHD
     
  14. Sep 7, 2007 #14 of 118
    BlackBetty

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    is the TiVo fairy going to magically fly into your box and add an additional 2 tuners in order to make this possible? :rolleyes:
     
  15. Sep 7, 2007 #15 of 118
    SullyND

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    1 M-CARD supports more than two tuners. As noted, the THD hardware is what is limited to two tuners.
     
  16. Sep 7, 2007 #16 of 118
    GoldenTiger

    GoldenTiger Tivo Pony =)!

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    Awesome, I may add more space now that I can use two drives like this :)!
     
  17. Sep 7, 2007 #17 of 118
    cr33p

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    So this also means that we could install an addl internal drive that technically speaking is an external drive but just happens to be inside the machine? Providing we have a bracket manufactured.
     
  18. Sep 7, 2007 #18 of 118
    jfh3

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    Yes, thanks to Spike's tool. Quick and easy.
     
  19. Sep 7, 2007 #19 of 118
    jfh3

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    By soon, do you mean next week? :)

    500GB is not as much as you think ... ;)
     
  20. Sep 7, 2007 #20 of 118
    richsadams

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    :up:
     

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