Originally Posted by oldskoolboarder
Just got my Premiere running and I picked up a used 1 TB Expander on CL.
I've used various Tivos over the years and this is the 1st unit that I can't self modify. As a longtime user, I'm well aware of how to check/fix HDDs. I've learned how to use SpinRite ONLY because of Tivo...
As such, I'm cautious adding the expander because I know that it has a limited life. I'll do my best to make sure this HDD has as much ventilation as possible outside of an active fan.
1) Any preventative maintenance I can do to help extend the life of the Expander?
2) Assuming this HDD will fail (since I know it will), has anyone successfully 'fixed' a failing drive with something like SpinRite? I've had multiple successes on previous HDDs in the past.
3) Has anyone ever dd'ed an Expander drive? Wondering if there's a recovery method if/when it does fail, that way I can keep the Expander/Tivo pairing in tact if I'm able to find a replacement bare HDD in the future.
4) Has anyone used an Expander for more than 4 years? I run my Tivos forever...
There's a rather short list of WD bare drive model numbers that the TiVo checks external drives against.
It doesn't know if you have the drive inside one of the official TiVo expander WD eSATA cases, but it knows if the drive inside is on of the few on that list.
So a replacement would have to be one of the few models on that list.
Hook the expander to a PC for extra storage and get a 2TB WD20EURS and use comer's bootable cd with version 1.04 of his jmfs program to copy the Premiere's internal 320GB or 500GB drive to it and to add another partition to expand into the rest of that 2TB.
The maximium you can get with the original internal and the biggest accepted external is 1.5TB and that doubles the chance of losing all your recordings when a drive goes bad because they're are two of them instead of one and failure of either means losing all recordings.
I've never seen anyone write in to say how happy they are that they used an external instead of embiggening the internal.