Hard Drive replacement do's and dont's for Roamio Plus

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by kad7777, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. kad7777

    kad7777 Member

    Mar 20, 2008


    Anticipating a hard drive replacement in the future of my Roamio Plus.
    Replacement is a 3T Red WD30EFRX.
    I know the Roamio will setup on its own.
    My major question is:
    Do I need to pair the new hard drive with the cable card?

    If yes, can I avoid that step by cloning the older drive?
    If so, any link or info on doing cloning correctly?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Yes. Time to get it operational is only about 15 min. Add about 10 min if you were to use a larger drive, up to 8 TB and the Windows program MSFR.
    If you use MFSTools 3.x, but its also possible you need to pair it again. The time can take overnight to do.

    You should download shows currently on the Tivo, as well as the passes with KMTTG, restore them also. But for shows, you need to have PyTivo, but you cannot put shows back if the Roamio is running v21 (Hydra, TE4), only if its on v20 (TE3).
  3. Scott9mm

    Scott9mm Active Member

    Apr 4, 2015
    Rural NC
    If you clone the old drive the cable card will work OK but you won't see the additional capacity of the 3T drive. If you expand to the 3T capacity after cloning you will need to re-pair the cable card (at least that's what happened with my Roamio+). But if you use MFSTools to move everything from the old drive to the new one and then expand (to 3T or greater) the cable card pairing should be OK, at least that's how it worked with my Roamio+ and Premiere. Moving data from the old to new drive with MFSTools will take hours (about like cloning) but that's what I would recommend. If you don't already have the 3T drive consider going bigger (4-12T). The fastest way is to connect the drives directly a computer disk controller but a docking station works fine too (preferably with USB3), just slower.
  4. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    You can back up and restore your Channels List and OnePasses with KMTTG.

  5. kad7777

    kad7777 Member

    Mar 20, 2008


    I assume to re-pair a card, it's a matter of just calling cable co.
    Any protocol when doing so?
  6. Scott9mm

    Scott9mm Active Member

    Apr 4, 2015
    Rural NC
    Just a lot of patience. First to finally get connected to someone that really knows cable cards. Second to work with the tech to read back data from various cable card diagnostic screens. I hear that knowledgeable CC techs are scarce. You could get lucky or it could take an hour or more over several calls.
  7. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

    Mar 14, 2003
  8. kad7777

    kad7777 Member

    Mar 20, 2008
  9. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    One mans advice:

    Never use the word re-pair. They'll hear 'repair', and instantly transfer you to lord knows which department to inflict lord knows what service actions upon you.

    I always use "Update the pairing information my cable card", having gone down that "repair" rabbit hole once.

    Any other advice is entirely cable company specific.
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  10. gkottner

    gkottner Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I have no idea if this page is up to date since there is no post date on it, but it does tell you what to do to pair a Spectrum Cable Card and has a phone number to call. Good Luck!


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