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Old 04-02-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Basic Roamio storage question

Is upgrading the internal storage better than attaching an external hard drive? Does it just come down to personal preference when adding storage to a Roamio?
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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Yes, it is absolutely better!

Attach an external drive and you have three points of failure. Each drive and the logical connection between them. Any failure in any point and you loose all of your recordings. You cannot divorce the added drive without loosing all of your recordings.

A new internal drive is simpler, cheaper and easier.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:59 PM   #3
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Agree w/ bradleys 100% - not to mention w/ the Roamios it got super easy to just swap the drives.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:04 PM   #4
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Definitely replacing the internal drive is the better choice. With an external drive the chances of losing all of your recordings go way up.

I suggest a 3TB drive optimized for AV use
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:00 PM   #5
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An added plus is that you also get to keep and use the original 500 GB HDD from the Roamio elsewhere.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:06 PM   #6
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Is swapping out the HDD on the Roamio any different than doing it on a desktop? Is it just a matter of plugging and unplugging SATA cables?
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:16 AM   #7
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Definitely replacing the internal drive is the better choice. With an external drive the chances of losing all of your recordings go way up.

I suggest a 3TB drive optimized for AV use
If you are recommending it for the extra year of warranty, that's fine.

If you are claiming an AV-rated drive will perform any better, than a non-AV rated one, or that it is a requirement, you haven't been paying attention to the hundreds of posts I've made pointing out that TiVo does not make use of the ATA Streaming Command Set Extensions (AV feature set), resulting in any drive you use writing AV the same as regular data, with the same error correction as any old data. Any product literature on AV drives, specifying "streams" supported, becomes irrelevant, when the host and/or host software don't make use of the AV feature set.

Sometimes people want the cheapest route. Sometimes they want the best warranty. Sometimes they are OCD about using an AV drive, because that's the kind it came with. Sometimes they just want the facts.
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.... Sometimes people want the cheapest route. Sometimes they want the best warranty. Sometimes they are OCD about using an AV drive, because that's the kind it came with. Sometimes they just want the facts.
......,,sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:48 AM   #9
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The max size external drive that just connects and works is 1 TB. Only WD My Book AV DVR Expanders will work automagically.

The max size internal drive that just connects and works is 3 TB. Many makes will work automagically.

The price for either one is about the same, last time I checked.
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