eSATA & TivoHD (Is it possible yet?)

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by TokyoShoe, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. TokyoShoe

    TokyoShoe Frustrated TiVoHD'er

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    The title says it all:

    Is it possible to activate the eSATA plug yet on TivoHD units? Anyone know if this has been discovered, or if it's gotta be patched in later by Tivo Inc.?
     
  2. dvr4me

    dvr4me New Member

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    Not yet.

    People have been successful with swapping the internal drive with a larger drive however. See this thread.
     
  3. gespears

    gespears Member

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    And it's easy if you have a computer with a couple of empty SATA ports, doesn't take much time, you don't have to put up with cables to and external box, the external box, power supply to the external box, etc. My 500 gig WD bumped my HD recording time up to 70 hours. I'm happy. Plus the WD 500 was only 90 bucks shipped (newegg deal since expired but I'm sure there will be more.)

    Gary
     
  4. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Upgraded with Seagate 750Gb DB35 using WinMFS (w/o Supersize option)

    It took me 15 minutes to find a screwdriver that would fit the TivoHD, about five minutes to remove the existing drive from the Tivo, five minutes to find a spare SATA cable, two minutes to open my PC, four minutes to connect and backup the existing drive, four minutes to restore the image to the new higher-capacity drive, and another five minutes to install the new drive in the TivoHD.
     
  5. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    for those folks that are math-challenged.. that's about 40 minutes ;)
     
  6. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

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    What is the supersize option?
     
  7. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    By default, the Tivo software allocates ~10% of the drive capacity for Tivo promotional downloads. Spike2k5 recently added an option in his WinMFS upgrade software to eliminate that.

    Had I used that "Supersize" option, I guess I would have around 108 HD hours instead of 98.
     
  8. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

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    Why didn't you use it? Seems to be a good option.
     
  9. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    He just added that option to the software this past week. I upgraded before then.

    I'm also still not clear on the consequences of the change. What happens to a "supersized" box when Tivo tries to download promotional videos?
     
  10. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    Spike said on the mfslive.org forums that there should be no issue. But had to know that without knowing more of the logic involved.
     
  11. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I wonder if the 'SuperSize' option is the same trick WeaKnees has used to get more time on their upgrades.
     
  12. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    My question is what will happen when TiVo wants to save video content to that partition.
     

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