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Drive upgrade options for Tivo Premiere (746)?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by pppingme, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Jul 9, 2018 #1 of 13
    pppingme

    pppingme Member

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    I'm a bit confused after reading forums as to what drives I can put in my Tivo Premiere-746 and what steps to get there.

    Several threads seem to indicate the internal drive max's out at 1tb, but others have said with special handling I can go up to 8tb, others say 3tb is the limit.

    Currently everything about the tivo is stock, its never been touched with any upgrades. Its used daily, so should be up to date on software.

    What are my upgrade options? What software do I need (all the mfs tools seem to be gone)?

    Is there a step by step on doing this?
     
  2. Jul 9, 2018 #2 of 13
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    The critical barrier for Premieres was OS version 20.3.8, which was the first OS that supported drives over 2TB.

    Check out the MFSTools 3.2 thread in the Upgrade forum. I think the latest version is available in post #131. 4TB is a piece of cake (given your situation), and you can push it up to 8TB with "special handling" and a lot of reading. Personally I think that anything over 4TB is overkill on a Premiere given the CPU limitations, but that's just my opinion.
     
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  3. Jul 9, 2018 #3 of 13
    pppingme

    pppingme Member

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    Found it and easy enough.

    Any recommendations for 4tb drives? I'm leaning toward WD, but they have like 6 drive lines now, is there one thats just better for the way tivo uses them?
     
  4. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    The Red series are usually recommended here.

    Scott
     
  5. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Totally

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    7200 rpm model?
     
  6. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    No, the standard Reds. WDxxEFRX for drives up to 6TB, and WDxxEFZX for 8TB and above.
     
  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    What Greg said, 5400rpm drives for TiVo's.

    Scott
     
  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I always compare specs. There is no performance advantage to 7200rpm in a TiVo. But there may be a power advantage.
     
  9. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Correct and generally the lower rpm drives *should* use less power overall for the same model drive.

    Scott
     
  10. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    (trying to not go OT). I bought a laptop last year. It was impossible to buy one with a 7200rpm drive. I found the Toshiba inside was 4.5w. I have a 7200 WD that uses 2w I need to install.
     
  11. rdrrepair

    rdrrepair Or, Bill Knapp

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    My premier was a stock 2TB with a 1TB TiVo expander. I had my TiVo storage up to 98% and started to panic when my recently deleted folder had 14 shows in it, 8 of which I didn't delete.

    I'm a careful "pruner" having already deleted all my shows that the TiVo would stream. I didn't think I would ever fill it up.

    I upgraded my Premiere to one internal 8TB WD Red 5400. Having pulled all my shows off the Premiere and placing them in my Bolt and Roamio via TiVo online I was able to save almost all of my recordings.

    I'm currently at 42% full after transferring them back and recording more. I'm into binging entire seasons/series. The Premiere also records the Family Stuff that requires multiple people willing to watch at the same time.

    Although I maxed mine out at 8TB a company called Weaknees will sell you a 10TB WD (plug & play) that's ready to go. They can go up to 16TB with a 8TB internal and 8TB external but you'll have to ship it to them.

    Here is their link. TiVo Premiere HD Series4 TiVo Upgrade Kits and Hard Drives

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  12. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    But those are not both the same model (as ins a 5400rpm WD Red versus a 7200rpm WD Red)?

    SCott
     
  13. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Different manufacturers. Both 1TB. 7200rpm uses 1/2 the power of the 5400rpm. I think the WD is Black.
     

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