Hard Drive Upgrade TCD649080

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Nutjob, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Nutjob

    Nutjob New Member

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    I was reading an article on these forums where a person had hard drive problems with their TiVo Premiere. They saved quite a bit of money on replacing the hard drive by buying a TiVo Premiere at Amazon for roughly $75 and using it for spare parts. I looked and apparently that deal is still good at Amazon as of today.

    The thread I am referring to is entitled "Tell me about Kickstart 57" and was posted by Aero 1 on November 21st, 2011. I don't have enough posts to give the url.

    According to the TiVo website, the hard drive on a standard TiVo premiere is 320 gigabytes.

    So, my question is this: Is it possible for me to purchase this TiVo Premiere from Amazon, remove the hard drive from it, and install said 320 gigabyte hard drive in my series 2 dual tuner TiVo? Is the hardware compatible? If it is possible, would it be "plug and play" or would I have to configure the premiere hard drive just like I would have to do if I bought a blank hard drive?

    Obviously what I hope to hear is that I can do this instead of paying Weaknees $179 for a hard drive of similar size already configured for my TiVo.

    Although I possess a small degree of technical skill with computers, it is not enough for me to feel confident in going 100% the do-it-yourself route. I am afraid that if I try, I may mess things up or find out that I would have to substantially alter the hardware/software on my PC in order to be able to configure the hard drive.
     
  2. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

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    It would be wrong software, you can get a new 320GB drive with proper software and adapter on ebay for $80.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    The S1 and S2 TiVos use a PATA/IDE drive. There were a few 640GB and 750GB ones made, but almost all of them are 500GB or less.

    If you want to install a drive in an S2 DT, you'll get more GB per dollar by using a SATA drive and a PATA/IDE to SATA adapter than buying another PATA drive for it.

    You can use up to a 1GB drive, or, if you buy a special 2 drive bracket, or cobble together one yourself, 2 1GB drives.

    Go read the adapter thread

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=416883

    Before the floods in Thailand skyrocketed hard drive prices, 1TB drives were approaching $50, which makes a 320GB drive a $15 to $30 drive.

    If one already owns a Premiere, then buying a new one cheap, or a used one off of Craigslist even more cheaply, for future cannibalization makes sense, especially since you can't make a truncated backup of the drive the way you can with a Series 1, 2, or 3.

    For you, with an S2 DT, less so. Better to put the money to a new drive with a warranty.

    What's the subscription status of that S2?

    If you did use the drive out of a Premiere, you'd have to overwrite it with a TCD649xxx image, which wouldn't be all that hard to do, and I'm sure it would be within your abilities, with a bit of handholding, and you'll need an IDE/SATA adapter for it to use it in the S2.
     
  4. Nutjob

    Nutjob New Member

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    I have product lifetime service. It is paired up with Dish Network. Otherwise, I'd just look at an overall upgrade.

    Thanks for the info. It's exactly what I was looking for.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    See if your local Target has any WD Elements external drives left at a non-horrible considering the Thailand floods price. You can go online and find a video or 3 of how to disassemble the case and remove the drive.

    For a TiVo a 5400rpm drive is plenty fast and 7200 just means unneccesary heat.
     

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