Originally Posted by Greg Lovern
The installer asks whether I want to use the "fastest method" to transfer files, with the warning that files transferred by that method can't be transferred back to "older Tivo DVRs".
But it doesn't explain how old is "older". Does "older" include my Tivo HD? Do I need to use the slower method to be able to transfer them back to my Tivo HD?
The "fastest method" for transfers in TiVo Desktop only applies if you have a Series 4 machine. With the Series 4, you have a choice of transferring a "Program Stream" (slower) or a "Transport Stream" (faster).
Series 3 and older machines only offer a "Program Stream" for transferring.
For you, it won't matter if that "faster method" box is checked or not. You will still get the same Program Stream either way.
Edit: BTW, the free version of Tivo Desktop is all you need to do what you want.