How-To Upgrade your TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by hinsdale, Dec 21, 2001.

  1. May 2, 2002 #221 of 1590
    buzzard

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    I didn't have the time or desire to find a suitable hard drive, open up my PC and my DTiVo, and follow all the info in Hinsdale's instructions even though I have performed many PC motherboard and drive replacements. Instead, I drove over to Hinsdale and he did it for me. I would suggest that anyone who doesn't want the time, hassle or risk of doing their own upgrade, find a reputable upgrader to do it for them. Especially if there is one within minutes of where you live.

    Thanks Hinsdale!
     
  2. May 4, 2002 #222 of 1590
    Fezmid

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    Well, I just added a 120G Maxtor drive (the one Dell was selling a few weeks ago). The install went flawlessly, and I now have "up to 149 hours" of recording time! WOOHOO! And it only took about 3.5 hours (and that included taking apart my PC to make room for the extra drives, and then putting it back together). Thanks Hinsdale! :) :) :) :)
    CW
     
  3. May 4, 2002 #223 of 1590
    wchittenden

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    Thanks for the excellent tools. Everything went smoothly installing an 80 MB drive my Philips HDR312. It went from 30 hours to 130 hours. I am in Tivo heaven.

    Thanks again to all who contributed!
     
  4. May 5, 2002 #224 of 1590
    mankypro

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    Purchased the 120GB Maxtors from Dell at $143.00US each and dropped them in last night. Followed Hinsdale's EXCELLENT how-to, and only messed up once (reversed A&B drives in the TiVo). Other than that I experienced some chopiness last night but I think it was a satellite issue. Wow, what will I do with all this space :).
     
  5. May 6, 2002 #225 of 1590
    philhu

    philhu User Since Day ONE!

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    Hi

    Instructions are great!

    One clarification, when you do the backup of your current a/b drives, the BACKUP IMAGE is divorced.

    The original drives are just read and no changes are made to them.....

    I was a bit leery to do the quick backup to expand my a/b 30/60 to a 120/120 until that was verified to me. I want to put the old 3060 drives in another tivo just to clear off/watch the programs stored there......

    The new 120/120 will have my season passes, etc, but no programs
     
  6. May 6, 2002 #226 of 1590
    pauly666

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    Thank you Hinsdale, for the great instructions (hitch free!).
    Thank you TiVoMad and Tiger for great tools.
    Thank you TiVo for making it so we can do upgrades!!

    My 20 hr SA is now a 171 hr unit! Now I can really watch TV my way, instead of having to watch programs every day to make room for tomorrow's recordings!!

    Thank you!
     
  7. May 6, 2002 #227 of 1590
    mankypro

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    gotta love it, the entertainment indistry is losing their marbles b/c there is the chance that people might FF thru the commercials. Sounds like RIAA to me!
     
  8. May 6, 2002 #228 of 1590
    netuser00

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    Last Friday night, I upgraded my Philip HDR-112R from 14 GB (7.5 hours high quality) to 80 GB (45 hours high quality) in less than 2 hours.

    I am so happy about the increased storage space. Thanks for the tools and instruction.
     
  9. May 6, 2002 #229 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    Hinsdale,...
    From the How-To Step 7 Backup instructions - 3rd sentence:

    Mfs Tools opens your source TiVo drive(s) in read only so your original data/recordings should be unaffected.
     
  10. May 7, 2002 #230 of 1590
    nichols_eric

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    I got the dreaded call from Dell yesterday (the day it was supposed to be delivered :( ), hard drive is delayed until 5/30. I got my 9th Tee parts though. Oh well, patience is a virtue. I guess.
     
  11. May 7, 2002 #231 of 1590
    Francesco

    Francesco Summum Pontificem

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    Wanted to chime in as well!

    As an utter newbie in anything other than Windows applications (yikes!), I was planning on using my two SAs as mules to expand my knowledge and practice for future projects. Both have blown modems; one is a dual-drive. Lots of project possibilities!

    Then, it happened: the ubiquitous reboot loop started on my GXCEB0T after a blackout.

    So, I got to learn all sorts of new things over the last couple of days, and I successfully got a new image onto a new 40G drive using all the wonderful tools. Now my confidence is boosted so that when my TurboNet arrives soon (I hope! Mark?), I'll have no fear about getting started!

    Thanks Tiger, TiVoMad, Kazymyr and W. in Hinsdale, and of course TiVo!
     
  12. May 7, 2002 #232 of 1590
    dgilbert

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    Hi All,
    First off, thanks Hinsdale for a problem free upgrade!!! It took over 5 hours, but that includes cooking and eating dinner (burgers on the grill), and a mad dash to two Radio Shack's (before they closed for the night) to find a longer IDE cable.

    One suggestion for anyone adding a second drive to a Hughes DirectTiVo: Step 3 mentions that the new IDE cable may need to be shredded or reversed. That's because the distance between the Slave (middle) and Master (end) connector is too short to reach between the drives. The cable that Radio Shack sells (24 inches long) will work fine as long as you reverse the position of the primary and slave drive on the bracket. Put the primary (original) drive on the right, and the slave (new) drive on the left (next to the fan).

    Thanks again Hinsdale!
     
  13. May 8, 2002 #233 of 1590
    UncaAndoo

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    My Philips DSR6000 is now at 240 hours! My hangups were as follows:

    --Three failed BootCD coasters. The fourth time, I dropped the speed down to 4x and it worked.

    --MfsTools 1.1 was necessary to restore my image, I had the boot loop error.

    Thanks a lot all! Time to change the Sig!
     
  14. May 8, 2002 #234 of 1590
    llogan

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    mine's got 225 hours, what results in the difference in final size? I was using two Western Digital 5400RPM 120 GB drives in my DSR6000...
     
  15. May 8, 2002 #235 of 1590
    UncaAndoo

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    Cedar...
    First of all, I made a mistake -- it's 230 hours, as stated in my signature. Secondly, a Gig is not necessarily a Gig. One company may have their 120 GB drives be slightly larger/smaller than another. Thirdly, and this is just a guess, some sectors may be bad, or the software may not recognize them. Notice how the instructions give a range for the capacity after TivoMadding.
     
  16. May 8, 2002 #236 of 1590
    llogan

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    i know that, let me be more specific, what drives did you use?
     
  17. May 8, 2002 #237 of 1590
    UncaAndoo

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    Cedar...
    120GB

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    Philips 14-hour SA
    Philips 230-hour Combo Unit









    Just kidding...they were the Maxtors from Dell. I'll check the model number when I get home.
     
  18. May 8, 2002 #238 of 1590
    Rcrew

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    This seems to be the place to sing the praises of Hinsdale and Tiger!

    Took one of my Hughes ~35 hour DTiVos to the 'upgrade bench' today. Kept the Quantum 40GB drive as the primary, added an 80GB Seagate. End result ~106 hours!

    I work in a computer center, so there was lots of help. Actually I didn't get to do anything but crack the case. Lots of helping hands, and another TiVo owner doing the connections and linux commands.

    Looks like we'll be upgrading most of the TiVos owned by people in the center over the next few weeks!

    Rob
     
  19. May 10, 2002 #239 of 1590
    ivanh

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    Hi,

    How can a new drive A with v2.5.5 software be expanded? TivoMad gets it wrong without reporting errors, it appears...

    Thanks

    Ivan
     
  20. May 11, 2002 #240 of 1590
    BrianRTS

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    I am trying to upgrade a Sony SVR2000.. my old computer (233) is seeing the tivo drive as 9meg.. I know I need to unlock it.. however the new drive is a 120gb drive.. the bios is only seeing it as 65535meg. Is this normal for the large drives? I have to check if LBA is on.

    Thanks
     

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