Could my drive be failing?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by tim_m, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA


    No drive utilization should not have any impact. We have a Roamio Pro that's been 90%+ for the past year (lots of movies recorded to watch).

  2. EdT

    EdT New Member

    Nov 29, 2019
    I am having the same problem with my Romanio OTA, and decided it was time to update the hard drive. But have been wondering if/when I do that can I use the old drive as an esata for expansion. I tried a WD and Seagate as an eSata but my unit does not recognize the drive and it seems they are not making the DVR drive option any longer.. Any ideas or experience about this? TIA
  3. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
  4. tim_m

    tim_m Active Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    Well oddly enough the issue disappeared completely after I cleaned up the drive down to 57%>
  5. azmp1

    azmp1 Member

    Mar 2, 2005


    im also having issues with random reboots. few days ago, it woudnt boot at all, just cycled through the reboot.... thought it was toast. i left it off for a few days and today its booted up. i also have a roamio pro 6 tuner dvr. i think the drive is going bad as well.... and will get it replaced ASAP.
    the question i have is what are the recommended/proven drives to use?
  6. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    The WD Red drives (not the 7200RPM Red Pros) are usually recommended here.
  7. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    Did you recently change your cable package? I feel like my Roamio Plus started the reboot once a week or so thing about the same time I changed my cable package over a year and a half ago. Maybe 2 1/2 years ago. I forget.

    It never bothered me enough to do anything about it.

    But now I am going to sell it on Ebay. And kind of debating how to sell it. Do I point it out up front. Do I reformat and hope the issue goes away. I feel like if it was a real hardware problem the drive or whatever would have died long ago. ...
  8. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2004
    Las Vegas
    I think all these reboots are caused by the latest firmware and tivo +
    Something gets corrupted on the HD and at its worst it will boot loop. as the HDD fight with the firmware.
    You will think theres something wrong with the HDD or your tivo.

    The only way to fix it is to remove the battery for 1 min and put back, replace the hdd with a spare one 500gb or greater.
    THe boot loop will stop, then replace put the original HDD back and the bootloop will stop until it all gets corrupted again.

    This has happened to both my Roamios and this is my fix. Its sad Tivo has come to this and am already cancelling cable and migrating to Sling TV with the Airtv/HDD ota addon.
  9. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Is the Tivo plugged into a UPS with automatic voltage regulation (AVR)? If not, I suggest trying a UPS with AVR.

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