How do you format a new drive so its a Tivo drive?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Eric Downey, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Eric Downey

    Eric Downey New Member

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    gggrrrr....ok...I thought buying an identical drive would be sufficient since that's what it had in it before it went belly up. What drives do most of you run for a series 4?
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    See past posts.
     
  3. Eric Downey

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    Ah, ok the Western Digital Red line of drives....geeez those are expensive. Well compared to the WD3200AVVS that only ran me $13 they are. I still don't get how replacing with an identical drive won't work, though.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    This.

    Why would you go with a small drive such as the 320GB which holds less than 75 HD hrs that a 500GB holds, when you can get a larger one, such as 3TB which can hold about 450. or up to 8Tb for about 800 hrs.
     
  5. Eric Downey

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    So you're saying because DvrBars can't write to the drive I have to use a more expensive drive? I don't actually record a whole lot...a couple of shows a week and I don't store it for long because if I won't watch it in a week I never will. Really I just like the the Tivo UI. I've had a comcast dvr and that was pitiful. Sent it back and bought a used Tivo on eBay. So what's a decent WD Red drive for less than $100 that will work?
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    At most, for that cost, 3TB, WD30EFRX. Smallest available, 1TB WD10EFRX, about $70.

    The drive you have would work, but there was at least 1 fault with it that prevented it from working.
     
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    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    The image restore with DvrBARS is what makes it a TiVo formatted drive as you are placing the correct OS on the drive along with the right disk format.
    • So the second restore completed successfully?
    • If you connect this drive back to your computer, does DvrBARS recognize it as a TiVo drive?
    • Have you run the WD diagnostic tool on this new drive (Data Lifeguard Diagnostics - Extended Test)?
    • You are using the correct image for your model TiVo?
    Scott
     

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