External HD w/ Tivo Desktop PC??????

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Old Hickory, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Old Hickory

    Old Hickory Active Member

    Jan 13, 2011


    What should I be using for an external HD to my PC and Tivo Desktop in order to move and store programming? I'm Windows Vista for now.

    This is the external HD to my PC and Tivo Desktop.

  2. takeshi

    takeshi Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    You can use any external hard drive connected to your PC. What concern do you have regarding external hard drives?

    You're really only limited when you use a DVR expander which isn't what you're asking about.
  3. Old Hickory

    Old Hickory Active Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    My concern is not purchasing the better or best solution. Also, I know there are two popular formats for external hard rives and FAT32 has a limitation on file size to 4GB (taken from Tivo Desktop intall notes).
  4. backell

    backell New Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    I would use an eSata hard drive for that reason. Really, data is data. If you are merely using it for storage (an not using it as an extension of your Tivo, it shouldn't matter much. Just shop for the best deal.
  5. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002


    You can reformat, drives are not "married" to a file structure, NTFS, FAT32, xFAT, take your choice and format away.
  6. jjon2121

    jjon2121 Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    As stated above, you can use any type of drive you have an external connection to; IDE, SATA etc..

    You should format it as NTFS because of FAT32's 4gb file size limitation and 127GB partition size limitation.
  7. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    You want to make it all one big NT partition and you don't need an external drive with any kind of backup software or automatic backup button or any of that stuff, you want Tivo Desktop to be unaware that the drive is anything other than just another internal partition with a drive letter assigned to it.

    You'll need to see if the whole "advanced format" thing is a possible problem for Vista the way it is for XP to see if you need to worry about which model drive to get.

    The warranty periods on external drives are so short that you might want to research getting a drive with a 3 or 5 year warranty and then getting a separate USB or eSATA enclosure.
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Note this warranty issue. NewEgg just had 2TB Western Digital bare drives on sale for $70 and they come with a 3 year warranty. You can then buy an USB/eSata enclosure, docking station or even a nas box. I like the docking stations easy to swap drives.

    Good Luck,

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