HDD Replacement

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ba2991, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Apr 8, 2013 #1 of 12

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011


    I am considering replacing my HHD to a 1 or 2TB and was wondering if I
    need to do anything more than just remove the HHD and install the new
    one I have watched a few Youtube video's and they seems like I would
    have to download some software and configure the drve first before
    installation. I don't watch to transfer any of the saved programs on the
    old drive just a clean fresh start. Can I use any brand of drive.
    ( I did contact Tivo support centre but didn't get a reply)
  2. Apr 8, 2013 #2 of 12

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    What model Tivo?

    Yes, you need to load the Tivo software onto the hard drive before installation.
    Go with 2TB. More bang for the buck. Western Digital seems to be the preferred brand. I am unsure of the specific model, but if you get one designed for A/V use, it should work fine.

    TiVo will not advise you on this as they don't condone the end user modifying their DVRs.

    You can check out the forum's Upgrade Center here:
  3. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks for that
    Do you now who can format?? the new HDD so Tivo will recognize it I believe you need a computer with some spare cables?? to transfer some Tivo software to it.

  4. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Look on the back of your TiVo where the power cord plugs in.

    There should be a sticker.

    On that sticker it should say model number, followed by the letters TCD and 6 numbers, although in a few cases on of those numbers will be a letter and in one case there will be 6 numbers and a B.

    Tell us what your model number is, so that we can be sure we tell you what you need to know for the model you have.

    Also, what have you got for computers around there?

    PC? Mac? Desktop? Laptop?
  5. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey


    Here are instructions on how to make the change.
  6. farmermac

    farmermac Recorder of shows

    Jan 31, 2012
    What size drive you can use will be determined by the model TiVo you own. Some series 3 can't go bigger then 1tb
  7. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    no longer true, with 11.0k you can go to 2TB even in an original OLED S3
  8. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011

    The model No: is - TCD 663320 - and I am using a iMac 10.7.5
    (is there anything else)
    Thanks for you help.
  9. austinpike

    austinpike Member

    Oct 25, 2008
    I expect you are going to have a challenging time doing the upgrade with an iMac. I've done them on a Mac Pro, but I have windows/bootcamp installed and obviously easy access to hook up drives internally.

    I didn't read all the details but there is some discussion of imacs in this thread, starting halfway down the first page.
  10. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Ok and thanks for your input.
    Do you now anyone who sells the drives already formatted, must me a good little side earner for someone who likes fiddling with this sort of stuff...
  11. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Did you kind of fail to mention you are in Australia? :) (Your model number is specific to Australia.)

    Weaknees.com sells 1 TB and 2 TB plug-in upgrade drives for that model at $300 and $400.

    DVR_DUDE (http://stores.ebay.com/My-DVR-Store) is much cheaper and has a good reputation. He sells upgrade drives for the USA models but doesn't list your model. Given the price advantage I would query him about it.
  12. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    HI and thanks for you input
    I am in Australia sorry should of mention it
    I have tried to contact DVR-DUDE but unable to reach him via his eBay page.

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