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Wife won't delete recordings

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by timckelley, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Aug 28, 2006 #381 of 1216
    timckelley

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    I've talked to her about this. She stopped working when our son was born almost 7 years ago, and I think she doesn't feel completely fulfulled as her career has ended. I've told her she's welcome to start working again - we'd have to find childcare. But so far she doesn't want to. As for saving all those tapes? Much earlier in this thread, I might have mentioned that she disposed of a whole bunch of them, so she doesn't own as many tapes as she used to. But she's slowly starting to build them up again. She claims she wants them to watch in her old age, or for our son to have access to when he gets older. She actually regrets disposing of some of those tapes. She felt pressured into it, and regrets doing it.

    Also, I'm pretty sure I mentioned my son is autistic and still can't speak and needs a lot of supervision, and this puts a lot of of stress on her.

    As for the 300 gig only delaying the problem - I have already addressed this in recent posts

    a) She only has 80G now, which is really not very big. In a way, I don't blame her for having space problems. 80G is not much - I think if she's going to have and use a TiVo, it's not unreasonable for her to have more than a measly 80G.

    b) I'm hoping that if she still fills up a 300G drive (sHe has never had that massive a backlog in her life yet, so I'm not prepared to predict with certainty she's going to now), then I'd like to think she'd see the awesome size of the backlog and face facts that she's recording too much stuff and start pruning her SPs.

    c) Even if the above fails, well, the last time I upgraded I got 2 1/2 years of happiness on my TiVo with no space problems. Maybe we'll get another 2 1/2 years of happiness out of this upgrade. Maybe more, because this is a bigger upgrade than last time. That alone is worth it.
     
  2. Aug 28, 2006 #382 of 1216
    greg_burns

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    They all format like that. Drive manufacturers let their ad departments lie. Must drive their engineers mad. I have that WD in my Tivo. Would highly recommend.
     
  3. Aug 28, 2006 #383 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Thanks for this feedback. :)

    JYoung likes the Seagate, which is cheaper, but you and one other person have recommended the WD. Hmmmmm.... hard decision.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2006 #384 of 1216
    JYoung

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    Well, the Seagates still come with a 5 year warranty while the Western Digital's come with a 1 or 3 year warranty.

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with the WDs, I have two in my server. Of course the OS drives are Seagates and I have yet to see a Barracuda crap out in less then five years.

    I'm personally avoiding Maxtor right now, I've seen a number of them crap out in the past year (and yes I know that Seagate bought them)
     
  5. Aug 28, 2006 #385 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Interestingly, the one TiVo hard drive that went bad on me was a Maxtor.
     
  6. Aug 28, 2006 #386 of 1216
    greg_burns

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    The WD linked had a 3-yr. But I would choose WD for its acoustic noise level. I know you can use the Hitachi Feature Tool to quiet down Hitachi, Maxtor and WD drives. Don't believe it works on Seagates. (Maybe they have their own software, or maybe it isn't even necessary.)
     
  7. Aug 28, 2006 #387 of 1216
    ZeoTiVo

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    on that I do agree. I have an 80 gig Dual Tuner and it drove me nuts keeping things from falling off it. The new TV season would just not work on it at all.

    I put in a 500Gig Maxtor recently and am much happier with the room. I currently have about 200 suggestions on it :p

    The maxtor was well priced at $180 from outpost.com but the drive is fairly noisy when it writes. I would not get it again. Good thing it is in the family room where the noise is not a big deal.
     
  8. Aug 28, 2006 #388 of 1216
    greg_burns

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    Did you try the Hitachi Feature Tool or AMSET (Maxtor's own acustic managment software) on it to try quieting it down? You can still pull it and do it now. It doesn't alter the data on the drive.
     
  9. Aug 28, 2006 #389 of 1216
    RavenFan

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    And exactly how does the existence of this thread negatively impact your life so much that you feel compelled to repeat your same argument with this guy over and over again?

    Read the thread. Don't read the thread. Who cares? Just understand that we all have the right to post TiVo related issues to this forum. If you won't like the thread, don't read it.

    By the way, this thread contains what? 13 pages? In 3 years? That averages out to about 1/3 of a page per month. Not that much in the big scheme of things.
     
  10. Aug 28, 2006 #390 of 1216
    RangersRBack

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    Relax. The point I was trying to make is that he has other issues besides which hard drive to buy. How does the existence of my post negatively impact your life so much that you feel compelled to answer? Read my post, don't read my post, who cares? Just understand that we all have the right to post. If you don't like my post, don't read it.

    And if you took the time to read the thread you would see that others agree with me, but I'm the one who came out and said it a little more directly than most.
     
  11. Sep 14, 2006 #391 of 1216
    Polcamilla

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    First of all, don't stop posting because checking into this thread every few months is my own personal General Hospital. :)

    Our first TiVo was 60 hrs. and did fine by us for many years before we bumped it up to 100 or so. You're right that the 300 hr. machine will keep her occupied for a while, but it won't be a permanent solution. Eventually, 300 hrs. won't be enough, then 500 hrs. won't be enough, etc. As you said, she already regrets getting rid of those tapes she purged. She's still hoarding and she's able to see that more space will allow her to save more (even if she doesn't *mean* to---how many years has she been saying she'd find time to 'catch up'?). If you're skeptical, consider that when you offered her the 300 hr. box *plus* the DVD recorder *plus* the VCR, she said *you* were being selfish for not letting her use your 100 hr. machine as well. There will never be enough space to permanently sate her.

    Having the whole family take a break from the TiVo probably is an excellent idea. No, you aren't addicted to your TiVo, but your relationship with your wife with regards to the TiVos has become very complex. She may not be able to work through the issues she needs to address if you still have a functioning TiVo. I know, even if I knew I had a problem, I would definitely resent my husband for indulging in my addiction around me (even if it was when I was out of the house/asleep) much like an alcoholic has trouble seeing others drink socially. You are watching your TiVo responsibly, but together you and your wife are really struggling to manage your TiVo resources and the 'mine/yours' approach just isn't working (and won't work again once she fills up her 300 hrs.). You need a dramaticly different approach to resolve the issue and if no one is using TiVo, then everyone can work together on finding ways to meet their needs TiVo-less. Yeah, you'll lose some time, but if it strengthens your relationship, it will hopefully be worth the sacrifice.

    Oh, and if you do upgrade (and it sounds like you're going in that direction) and are worried about her missing programming, I have an idea. Buy another Series 2, set up the shows she wants for the time hers will be in the shop, subscribe the machine (hrm, not in that order), upgrade hers, then cancel the subscription anre return the S2 (once she's watched/offloaded what she recorded, that is). If she doesn't get the shows off the "rented" machine before the return deadline, then she'll have to cough up the price of the machine. *And* once you've upgraded, don't just hide your remote. Our old S1/DTiVo/S2 remotes work completely interchangeably in our house, so she'd be able to use her remote to set up shows on your TiVo. Clear her stuff off, then set up parental controls so she can't set up anything to record on your machine. That will probably upset her, but you can tell her you love her and that you got her a Netflix subscription. Not only can she get movies, but they have a *lot* of boxed sets of television programs. About the only things she'd miss are daytime programming and sports (and shows so bad *nobody* wants them on DVD).

    Good luck!
     
  12. Sep 14, 2006 #392 of 1216
    JYoung

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    If He gets another Series 2, he'd better work fast and get it from somewhere with a liberal return policy.

    Due to the One year commitment of TiVo service that is now required, of course.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2006 #393 of 1216
    Polcamilla

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    Hrm...TiVo no longer allows you to cancel within 30 days and get a full refund on the subscription if you're not satisfied?
     
  14. Sep 15, 2006 #394 of 1216
    Genkitty

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    Oh... my.

    I just read this read from start to finish. I think I must go hug my sweeties now. We've survived for YEARS (since 9/2000) with our original Series 1 35 hour DirecTiVo (3 adults in the house, 40-some season passes, no archiving). The second TiVo mentioned in my sig was just purchased off ebay and is en-route - we were spurred to upgrade because of the Series3 buzz which jostled us out of our rut.

    You have my sincerest sympathies, Tim.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2006 #395 of 1216
    ZeoTiVo

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    you can get a full refund on hardware or bundle - no problem and no penalty if within the first 30 days.
    now prepaid cards are another matter
     
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    JYoung

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    You're assuming that she'll be done with it in 30 days...........
     
  18. Sep 15, 2006 #398 of 1216
    ZeoTiVo

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    No, I am saying TiVo will honor a 30 day money back guarantee.

    Whether she will fill up another TiVo and latch onto it or be done with it in 30 days I am not commenting on at all ;)
     
  19. Sep 15, 2006 #399 of 1216
    timckelley

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    Well, I have had the new hard drive here for a couple of weeks, but I haven't installed it yet. It has to be on a Friday or Saturday evening, because I'm going to do the lengthy copy operation of her backlog onto it overnight which means the installation must begin at night and complete in the morning. (i.e. I'll be sleeping during the copy operation.) So I can't really do it on a morning when I go to work. So far, her To Do List has prevented me from doing it on any weekend. I told her I don't want to put this off, because for one thing, what if the hard drive is bad? I would need to make a warranty claim during the warranty period.

    But tonight I intend to do this. In 15 minutes, her To Do List is about to hit a gap, and starting 10:30 tonight her To Do List will be idle until 2:30 tommorrow afternoon. This presents a window of opportunity for me to upgrade her. So barring technical difficulties, our Holy Ground rules of my TiVo is mine, and hers is hers will be reinstated by tommorrow morning. :cool: I've just talked to her tonight and gotten her to sign off on this renewed treaty/contract/understanding. :D :cool:

    She blames a lot of her backlog on trying to keep up with General Hospital, and she said she's seriously considering canceling that SP.
     
  20. Sep 16, 2006 #400 of 1216
    murgatroyd

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    Good luck with the upgrade, Tim.

    Jan
     

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