Hello Tivo Community:
I want to update the internal 500GB Seagate Hard Drive (Model St3500414CS) that was installed in my Tivo Roamio (Model: TCD846500) (4 Tuner With Cablecard). I sifted throught the hard drive upgrade suggestions on this site, and went with the WD Red 2TB NAS Drive. (Model WD20EFRX) (NASware 3.0 Date: May 03, 2016) I currently have a Windows 7 64bit PC with an available internal SATA connection.
This site says I should be able to simply drop a 3TB (and under) drive into my Tivo, and get rolling. Before I do that, I just wanted to check and make sure I didn't have to do anything to the drive prior to installation. If you guys could answer the following questions, it would put my mind at ease.
01. Do I have to use the WD SMART Load/Unload Utility (WD5741) to adjust the timing on my drive? (I'm thinking this program is an alternative to WDIDLE) If so, what should it be adjusted to?
02. Should I run a diagnostic test before, or after installing the drive in my Tivo? I want to make sure there are no bad sectors, so I'm going to use WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics For Windows and run the extended test. My concern is that if I hook this brand new drive up to my computer, Windows 7 might take over and try to do something before I have a chance to run the WD Software.
03. Should I run the WD Diagnostic Test, or adjust the timing first? (If at all)
04. After I install the new drive into my Roamio, should I power it on with the cablecard in, or remove it and then insert it later after the setup process? I'm trying to keep it paired with my tivo...if at all possible. (Motorola Cablecard with Verizon FIOS)
Thank you in advance for all of your help. This is my first post so please bear with me.