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Old 10-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
msteinruck
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Exclamation Newbie HD Upgrade question for Premier 4

Y'all - thank you for fielding this.
I realize there is ton's written about HD upgrades.
(That's actually the problem - way too much to wade through, and I want to make sure I'm doing this right.)

THE SCOOP:
About the pull the trigger on Tivo's current sale for a factory-renewed TiVo Premiere 4.
I'd like to upgrade to a 2TB drive straight away.
I do not need to save anything from my existing Tivo. <<<
Fine to start from scratch.

NEW HD SETUP:
I've heard legend that you can swap in the new HD, and Tivo takes care of the rest automatically (eg, formats the drive and sets it up for use.)

(I've also seen deeply involved articles/videos of needing to do a lot of manual setup to the new HD using a PC, boot disks, etc.)

HELP:
Can someone confirm what I need to do here?
(Please help! Sale ends in a couple hours!)
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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No, only on a Roamio you can swap in a drive. Premiere is not the same, and I believe you need to format etc.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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If you are planning to upgrade the drive anyway, you will be so much happier with the base Roamio. The 70 extra bucks you would spend is so worth it.

I have a premiere and a roamio. The Roamio is 100 times better. (Faster, netflix and youtube apps that work fast)
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Saved.

Oh wow, interesting.
Ok. You may have just saved me a ton of time and headache.

I went back and looked at the other thread again (found it in an open tab), and it does appear that the ease-of-swap is associated with the Romio.
.../tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=509074

We were hesitant to get a refurb, but the price is good, and people really like them. But your recommendation sounds solid.

Really appreciate this.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:45 PM   #5
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If you do decide to go with the Premiere 4, get a WD20EURS (someone online should be selling the retail package for $100 or less), and use the jmfs .iso to burn yourself a bootable cd and let jmfs copy the drive that's in the P4 to the EURS, and expand.

That will require being able to hook up both drives to a computer at the same time.
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