Formatting Drive / Warranty

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Aaron Blanchard, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Aaron Blanchard

    Aaron Blanchard New Member

    Aug 22, 2003
    I'm sure these questions have been asked, but I am unable to find answers after searching so here goes:

    I upgraded a Series 2 three years ago, and I could swear that I just dropped a stock WD drive (purchased from NewEgg) into the TiVo and it worked like a charm. I have to purchase the drive from a non-TiVo-centric retailer, so getting a prepared one isn't an option. I'm going to purchase a TiVoHD and was hoping to have it be just as easy, but now it seems I have to format and prepare the drive before doing so. Is this the case if I just want to upgrade the TiVo right out of the box?

    Also, over the years TiVo has gone back and forth about how they feel about upgrading, so how does it work now? Is the warranty shot if I upgrade?


  2. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    SW VA
    No, you can't just drop a new HD in your TiVo and expect it to work. It must be imaged with something like InstantCake or one of the other options before it will work. The image is specific to the make and model of the box.

    In my experience TiVo has treated HD upgrades with a wink. However I'd keep the original and put it back in if I had to return it for service just in case.

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