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Transer Videos to external hard drive for Tivo playback?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by atomarchio, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

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    I am leaving the PC on 24/7 as it's the basement and seems too much of a pain to turn on and off every night. Even with remote desktop feature.

    Can I push MP4 movies from PC to Tivo using a new folder that I create?

    I would still think the external drive on Tivo is much more efficient that keeping a dedciated PC with 220 watt power supply running 24/7, right?
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Better to put a 2TB drive in the TiVo than to attach an external.

    And as far as I know, you can only have the TiVo pull from the computer but cannot push to the TiVo.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I have a PC that's basically a Tivo Desktop dedicated 24/7 machine.

    If I put a shortcut to a Buffalo LinkStation Pro in the "My TiVo Recordings" folder, I can see it, and pull shows from it, on the TiVos.

    Maybe this has to do with the way the LinkStation software "presents" the LS to the PC.
     
  4. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

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    Yes but you need the PC on for the folder to appear on the Tivo, right?
     
  5. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

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    What I am looking for is an external drive which the Tivo could access my MP4 movies without having a PC on also. Any ideas?
     
  6. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    No such thing connected to a Tivo.

    So, you need to think network device. A NAS/server or (what I would investigate) even a quick-booting laptop/nettop with attached storage that you can power down/up quickly and stick in a closet/under the couch. NASs are great as they can backup your PCs 24/7 and not have any marginal increase of power to use with Tivo.

    I use WHS and never looked back, too bad its no longer supported...
     
  7. wmcbrine

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    Certainly you can push. (Haven't we had this discussion before?)
     

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