Originally Posted by dishdudeEL
I have an old HDR112 tivo that the old hard drive died. Can I buy a hard drive from Amazon and drop it in as long as it is IDE? What is the most gb I can install?
Thanks for your help in advance.
You'll probably get more GB/$ with a SATA drive.
You can use a SATA drive if you use a Marvell chipset based adapter.
No other brand of chipset works.
You can see examples of what did and didn't work for various TiVo models here
Note that if it works in a Sony SVR-2000, it'll work in a Philips S1 TiVo, and vice versa, except for the software image.
There's one user who successfully used a Caviar Green in a Sony on page 4.
Bottom of page 5 is a link to get wdidle3, the utility needed to disable the Intellipark feature found on most Caviar Greens.
I'm pretty sure the maximum for an S1 is 1TB per drive. If you can get an extra drive bracket, you can use 2 drives.
You cannot use a Western Digital Caviar Blue in a Series 1, which is what you have. I do not know why, but S1s just don't like them, either IDE/PATA or SATA Caviar Blues.
You have to put the TiVo software on the drive before you install the drive into the TiVo.
Go to mfslive.org and read about both the MFS Live cd and the WinMFS program.
The MFS Live cd is handy to have even if you don't have a TiVo.
You can get a truncated Philips S1 image to work with whichever of those 2 programs you choose from the links in this post