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Old 06-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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Is upgrading the hard drive in a brand new tivo worth the risk?

definately getting a tivo tommorrow, but debating buying the premiere 4 and upgrading the HD or buying the xl4. when I look at it on the surface it looks pretty good a 2tb hd from newegg for 80 bucks and get the premiere 4 for 250 and by the time i pay tax on the tivo. Im still saving about 80 dollars vs buying the premiere xl4 out right with maryland tax but is it worth voiding the warranty and not having the thx? With the money I would save I could get 2 minis instead if 1.

The only thing im a little jittery about is upgrading a hd for the first time in a tivo and screwing it up

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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Well, what is your price on an XL4? I have the P4 and an XL4. Not sure THX buys anything. I got a deal from TIVO on the XL4...which does include the GloRemote..so I got it when I got the P4. Anyway, running the P4 for a few months will make sure all is OK. Also, once upgraded to current software, when you make your 2TB drive, you can just keep the original as a backup.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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Get the XL4 and the 3yr TiVo Extended warranty.

The $50 difference in price is not worth losing the warranty in my opinion, plus you get the Premium Glo Remote.

TiVo Premiere 4 TCD750500 - $199.00 + ~$100 for the 2TB WD20EURS
http://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCD750500...dp/B006L8TX94/

TiVo Premiere XL4 TCD758250 - $346.99
http://www.amazon.com/TiVo-Premiere-...dp/B005TI1ILS/
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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In the old days we had to do it ourselves because Tivo didn't make a drive big enough.
While it's not hard to do, it's also only $80, I'd spend the money and then have a machine that was stock, so if anything ever went wrong it's covered.

Keep in mind this is coming from someone that's upgrade 90% of her Tivo units, the only one I never touched? the XL4
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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is it worth adding the stream for the $50 when purchased with a new tivo????
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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There is also the Premiere 4/XL4 & Mini Bundle offer currently.

http://www3.tivo.com/promo/minidvrbu..._dvrminibundle
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:17 AM   #7
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definately getting a tivo tommorrow, but debating buying the premiere 4 and upgrading the HD or buying the xl4. when I look at it on the surface it looks pretty good a 2tb hd from newegg for 80 bucks and get the premiere 4 for 250 and by the time i pay tax on the tivo. Im still saving about 80 dollars vs buying the premiere xl4 out right with maryland tax but is it worth voiding the warranty and not having the thx? With the money I would save I could get 2 minis instead if 1.

The only thing im a little jittery about is upgrading a hd for the first time in a tivo and screwing it up

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There is no reason to upgrade the hard drive right away. The current process copies over all your recorded shows so I would wait for as much of the 90 full warranty period as you can then do the upgrade.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:13 AM   #8
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The Tivo warranty is a joke. If you're all that concerned then wait 90 days until the real warranty expires. If it dies outside of 90 days you'll only get a refurbished unit and will probably have to pay $150 for it. I say go for it and upgrade the drive, but keep the original as a backup. I've voided the warranty on every Tivo I've owned and never had a problem.
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The Tivo warranty is a joke. If you're all that concerned then wait 90 days until the real warranty expires. If it dies outside of 90 days you'll only get a refurbished unit and will probably have to pay $150 for it.
Well I wouldn't exactly call it a Joke for the first 90 days they replace your unit at no cost - I have had to use this and had no problems with it. From 90 day days to 1 year they replace the unit and there is some cost but I don't think it is $150 from what others have posted, if memory serves it is $50.
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I say go for it and upgrade the drive, but keep the original as a backup. I've voided the warranty on every Tivo I've owned and never had a problem.
I agree he should go with the upgrade option but have you actually had warranty service on a unit you voided the warranty on?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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Well I wouldn't exactly call it a Joke for the first 90 days they replace your unit at no cost - I have had to use this and had no problems with it. From 90 day days to 1 year they replace the unit and there is some cost but I don't think it is $150 from what others have posted, if memory serves it is $50. I agree he should go with the upgrade option but have you actually had warranty service on a unit you voided the warranty on?
90 days is an absolute travesty for any consumer device. There should be a minimum of one year parts and labor for any consumer electronic device. Limiting a replacement warranty to 90 days tells me that they have little faith in their product lasting beyond that length of time.

I have voided the warranty on numerous Tivos, although they were DirecTivos that were hacked so they wouldn't call home. None of them ever died within the 90-day window so it turned out to be a moot point. I did, however, have an HR10-250 die exactly 93 days after it was installed by a 800-pound gorilla from DirecTV that didn't understand the concept of keeping the power unplugged while tossing the Tivo around like a sack of potatoes. I think they did have a one-year warranty on parts and labor back then, but because it was outside the 90-day window I ended up with a refurbed unit as a replacement instead of a new unit.

You may be correct about the $50 vs. the $150 I stated. I believe Tivo used to replace out-of-warranty units with a refurbished model and a $150 exchange fee.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #11
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90 days is an absolute travesty for any consumer device.
Ok you mean it is a joke because it isn't long enough - certainly agree with that. Felt the same way about a 1 year warranty on my TV which I paid $2200 for back in 2008. The only thing I have purchased with a good warranty in the last few years was my Onkyo TX NR807 receiver, it came with a 2 year warranty.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:13 PM   #12
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Well I can officially send my Comcast DVR to the graveyard. I pulled the plug and got the xl4 and a mini. I figured that if I went the other route I would have messed up the hard drive upgrade and would've ended up spending close to the same amount of money. Overall I'm happy with my purchase I'll be even happier once I get everything set up tonight And I'm glad to have my TiVo back after so many years
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