Originally Posted by jethrodesign
Hi, I just upgraded my old Series 2 to a new Premiere. I want to now transfer all of my old recordings to the new machine in preparation for getting rid of the old one.
I have them both on the same network, and it does look like I'm able to transfer a show from the old TiVo.
But I'm wondering how to go about transferring multiple shows? I have dozens of recordings I want to transfer over, and I can't imagine having to do it one-at-a-time. That would take forever. I'd love to transfer a whole folder or something overnight.
Please let me give you the benefit of recent experience.
To begin with, TiVo calls it transfer, but they really mean copy.
If you download the free version of Tivo Desktop and put it on a computer on your network with enough hard drive space, you can select a bunch of shows at once from a list of what's on the S2 and start them downloading to the computer and then walk away. Afterwards, you can access the computer with your new TiVo and transfer them to it from the computer.
You can also select one show to start transferring from the S2 from your new TiVo and then select more, and it'll do them all.
So, why go through all the extra hassle of adding in the computer and TiVo desktop?
1. If you go straight TiVo to Tivo, some of the info about the show (like original air date and some other stuf and maybe episode number) disappears and the listing for the show no longer says when it was recorded, just when it was transferred. If you're like my mom and have a bunch of Dr. Oz or Charlie Rose, it can get very confusing which to watch first and such.
2. If your Tivo hard drive gets screwed up in any way, and they seem to do it at the drop of an electron, getting your recordings back is unlikely. but if you have a backup of them on the computer, well, you have a backup!
Yes, computers crash too, although usually not so catastrophically as a Tivo will, and if the computer does crash, you can probably put the drive into another computer and rescue the recordings.