I just got a TiVo Premiere Series 4 Model: TCD746500

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  1. Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez

    Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez New Member

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    Hi: I'm new to TiVo, I just got a TiVo Premiere Series 4 Model: TCD746500 without the hard drive.
    I have a few Hard Drives available to use.... Can I use any 500Gb or 1Tb Seagate Barracuda?
    Do I need an image for that hard drive??? I guess I have to use MFS Tools?? Do I need a Tivo subscription???
    Any help will be appreciated please
    Thanks
    Flecha
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Those Seagate drives should work. You will need an image and DvrBARS to restore it. Let me know what size you drive you want to use and I will send you the correct image. You can find DvrBARS in the Upgrade forum.

    You can get it running without a subscription, but it won't do anything except tune in live TV.
     
  3. Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez

    Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez New Member

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  4. Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez

    Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez New Member

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    Great. I like to use the Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB
    Thanks
    Flecha
     
  5. JLV03

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    Avoid a 7200RPM drive for use in a TiVo, at least long term. In your effort to get an old TiVo running, no big deal, but 7200RPM will be too hot/too fast for what a DVR needs.
     
  6. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Image sent.
     
  7. Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez

    Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez New Member

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    Thank You I only have 7200 available now, I will use this one until I order a slower one.
     
  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I don't want to start a fight, but check the specs on any drive you look at. All drives can be found on Google. I replaced the 5400rpm Seagate (5 watts) with a WD 7200rpm drive (4 watts) since you can't buy a laptop with the faster drive. Just check the specs, that's all. You won't gain anything, but you won't lose anything either.
     
  9. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    Assuming of course you have a cablecard paired by your service provider. 4 tuner Premieres had no OTA capability. Correct?
     
  10. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Correct.
     
  11. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    The model listed in the title is TCD746500, which is a dual tuner Premiere.
     
  12. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    The novelty will wear off quickly if the Tivo does not have lifetime service. Tivo will charge you $15 per month for service. You should call Tivo to see if it has lifetime service before wasting your time adding a hard drive, unless you don't mind the monthly fee.
     

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