Hard Drive Maximum

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  1. Feb 1, 2020 #1 of 11
    sandycityscott

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    I’ve been reading the threads about hard drive max size, but I was wondering what the latest answer is on a Roamio with the latest software.

    Is 3TB still the largest unmodified drive you can put in a Roamio?
     
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    JoeKustra

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    yes. Current suggested drive is WD Red.
     
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    ThAbtO

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    Define unmodified. If you mean to simply swap drives without a computer, then yes, 3TB.
    Up to 8TB, but you would need to hook up to a Windows computer and use MSFR to expand beyond the 3TB, found elsewhere on this forum. Work time: under 30 Min.
    This would mean starting fresh again, just with a new and bigger drive.

    If you use MFSTools 3.2/3.3, it would expand the bigger space, and copy shows, settings, etc. over. Work time: many hours/days and varies.
     
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  4. vaquero

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    With my Roamio, I can just install a new 3 tb hard drive with no prepping and the Tivo will format it and make it usable?
     
  5. ThAbtO

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    Yes. and up to 8TB using MSFR after.

    Recommended drive is WD Red. WD30EFRX is the 3TB.

    Your shows and passes are not copied over with this method.
     
  6. snerd

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    I believe the upper limit is now 24TB if you're willing to jump through more hoops. See post #222 in DIY 10TB Roamio
     
  7. jobjohnny

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    I'm looking at the WD Red drives and notice there are two different models of the 3TB version. The one recommended above by ThAbtO (Model WD30ERFX) has 64MB of cache. It also seems to be the older version. The second model is WD30EFAX with 256MB of cache. All other specifications between the two appear to be the same with the price of the 256MB cache version being a bit cheaper. Any thoughts or recommendations from the experts?

    I have a standard Roamio and I'm thinking of upgrading the paltry 500GB drive. I'm aware I'll lose all recordings and passes (and I'm Ok with that). Is it really as easy as swapping drives? I don't have to set up the new drive first (installing software, firmware, formatting, etc)? If so, I'm wondering why it took me so long to do so!
     
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  9. jobjohnny

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    Thanks for the info. Very helpful! I'll defiantly skip the WD30EFAX drive (with 256MB cache) and get the WD30ERFX version. I'll also look into the KMTTG program but it looks a bit above my level of tech-capability. :)
     
  10. kpeters59

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    KMTTG is basically a 'back end' to your TiVo. Most everything a TiVo can do, you can do with KMTTG...if you can figure out where the function is. Once you do that, it becomes kinda indispensable...

    -KP
     
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