Format new drive for old WD My DVR Expander?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by eskovan, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. eskovan

    eskovan Member

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    Yeah, except I gave the phone rep my Cablecard ID#. Twice, once with the old card and once with the new. And it still won't work. Maybe the phone reps don't know how to properly configure Cablecards. That's about the only hope I'm holding out in regards to the tech coming.

    Seven, eight years ago when I first got Optimum they had to send a tech to configure my old Premier TiVo. They used two S cards because back then the guy said that only S cards worked. He was here for hours but finally got it working. Then, after a year I started missing recordings whenever there was a conflict. Finally suspected the cards, swapped the two S cards for an M card myself and it's worked fine ever since. When I got the Roamio I just swapped the M card into it, called Optimum and it came on.

    Don't know if it's unusual but I've never been able to access my TiVo's Cablecard via their Support Site. It shows an M card in use, but it can't reset or configure or do anything to it.
     
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    That's the issue 99% of the time.
     
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    No, but the cable company may care about the hardware or equipment number, especially for premium channels. I have two Roamio boxes with changed hard drives that were changed two years ago and, while not "paired", are fine. But I don't have any premium channels. As long as the Diagnostic item "channel list received" says "yes" you will get some channels.
     
  4. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    I know for Comcast, it's important to Unpair the CableCard from the 'old' TiVo before Pairing it to the 'new' TiVo.

    -KP
     
  5. tommage1

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    I'm going to agree with you about Seagate (or other manufacturer). I upgraded many of my Tivos with Seagates over the years, some with "desktop" (not current SMR models), or Barracudas (before some Barracudas became SMR). All CMR. All worked or are still working well. One of the main reasons to switch from WD though is that unreported switch of some Reds to SMR. Cost a good amount of people money and/or time. While WD did end up "reporting" the change it was only after they got caught, because the SMR reds did not work in all NAS applications (and NO Tivos I believe though of course WD could claim they were designed for NAS not Tivo/AV applications). But as a protest for me I'd prefer another manufacturer, if Seagate the Ironwolf or AV drive, Skyhawk? If price about the same as WD.
     
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  6. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    You might be interested in this article. My own preference is that I only use Seagate drives to write data I'm not ever going to read.
     
  7. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    I know what they have done with CURRENT desktop and "regular" Barracuda drives. So would not use those, the ones I used/use are all CMR. I doubt they would "convert" any of their current NAS or AV drives to SMR (they have stated they will never do it with NAS), especially after what happened with WD. I recently checked a couple of my old Seagate video drives (used in DVRs so plenty of R/W), one over 23K hours, the other over 40K hours, neither has ANY errors, all blue on crystal disk info. Pretty impressive ;) Personally I will not use an SMR drive for anything other than maybe as storage drive, one that is only used occasionally.
     
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  8. eskovan

    eskovan Member

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    Yes, and that's what it was this time.

    The two techs weren't here that long, they checked signal strength etc., then just gave my card info to Level 2 tech support. However it didn't come on right away, they said to give it an hour or so and call if it doesn't. It didn't, but this time I used the Optimum app on my iPhone to 'chat' with tech support. Took the guy about a half hour but it finally came on! Should have done this to begin with. The joy of Cablecards..
     
  9. Elliot2

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  10. Elliot2

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    My expander is four years old and is still fine on my roamio ota
     
  11. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    My expander went out after about 3-4 years hooked to the Series 3. Alas, it only adds 500GB to the 160GB.
    On my Roamio, I have a 4TB exchanged for the OEM 500GB, much bigger difference.
     
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