I bought a new Tivo Premier last night and activated it today. I had a WD Tivo Expander on my S3 HD. But the S3 went as a hand-me-down to family and I wanted the expander for my own use.
I unplugged my S3's power cord, then unplugged the Expander from the S3's eSATA port. Then when I connected the Expander to the Premier's eSATA port and powered up the Premier.
I went through the process of connecting to my network and through guided setup. Then after that, it wanted to reboot. When it rebooted, it said that it had detected an external drive and asked if I wanted to set it up for use on this Tivo box. I confirmed that I DID want to do so. It eventually got to a screen that said the expander had been set up for use with this Tivo box and it would be "a few minutes more". I saw that screen for about 45 minutes.
Then I eventually called Tivo tech support and was told that it should only be on that screen for 4-5 minutes at the most. He had me unplug the Premier's power cord and reboot it. I did so (leaving the Expander connected via the eSATA port).
It still refuses to get past that "Almost there.... Just a few minutes more" screen. So he has me unplug the power cord from the Premier then unplug the Expander from the eSATA port and then plug the power cord back in to the Premier without the Expander attached. I did so and it acknowledged that there was no external storage attached and asked if I wanted to continue. I told it yes--at the rep's instruction.
It still sticks at the "Almost there......" screen.
Now I can't get it to get past that screen no matter what!
Can anyone offer any suggestions?
Edit: I've continued to search and just came across a link that seems like it's gonna help. So far it's passed both the Initial state & Short test. It's half way through the Conveyance test. I'll post back here and let y'all know the results.