Originally Posted by tpir72
I have searched the forums and haven't seen an answer to this. What is the maximum drive size supported in a TIVO Series 2 Dual Tuner unit?
I know a SATA drive needs an IDE adapter. What is the limit of a SATA drive that I can use?
Is there an Instant Cake guide somewhere to setup this new drive?
You can (with the right adapter) use a 1TB drive, and since the S1s and S2s are IDE/PATA controller based, you can actually use two of them (one master, one slave, on the same ribbon cable), for a total of 2TB.
That's how I set one up for my mom a few years ago, using the weaKnees Twinbreeze dual drive bracket designed specifically for that model.
I haven't seen anyone report long term success with a 1.5TB or 2TB drive in an S1 or S2.
As an experiment, I tried a single 2TB in an S2 DT.
Whether it would have worked long term I don't know, because I needed to put the regular drive back in to record stuff, and I needed to use the 2TB drive in a Series 3 or S3 HD (I forget which).
If I had plenty of spare money I'd love to see if I could get an S2 DT to use 2 2TB drives for a total of 4TB.
The adapter thread is here:
Read all of it.
There will be a test.
If you fail the test, you will have wasted money.
If your S2 DT is working fine right now, you don't need Instant Cake (which last I heard is horribly outdated, making it a royal pain with which to work), you can copy the current drive to a new one with either the MFS Live cd v1.4 (which you can download and burn to cd-r "as an image" for free) or with the WinMFS program (also free to download) which runs on Windows XP or newer, and then, as a separate step from the copying, expand into the extra space.
You will need a PC.
One thing of which you should be aware is that Series 2 and Series 3 TiVo power supplies are subject to falling victim to "capacitor plague" (there's a Wikipedia article which explains it). It doesn't seem to happen to the S2 DT as often as the single tuner S2s or the 3 various S3 models, but it does happen. It happened to me.
If you can solder, you can fix it for $10 to $15 in replacement capacitors of the right kind.
If your TiVo is suffering from caps on the power supply going bad, that can manifest itself as all sorts of symptoms that look like a failure of some other part of the TiVo, including the hard drive.