Is DVR_Dude Legit?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by TivoRocks193, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. comer

    comer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003


    Some people use OpenOffice (free :up:), some MS Office (excuse me, how much? :eek:). For some it's worth it. It's an open market - the price is as high as people are willing to pay.
    I don't think this discussion leads anywhere, really. Whatever your preference is - the solution is available. You want to get some $$ saved at a cost of straining your brain and hands a little - go DIY. If you want to reduce finger movements to a minimum - go pre-installed.
  2. comer

    comer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    By the way, looks like it works for THD as well, albeit without "supersize" yet. Look here.
  3. wp746911

    wp746911 New Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    we should really update the faq...
  4. Dave_N

    Dave_N Member

    May 4, 2006
    NW Suburban...
    As someone who has done both an upgrade and purchased from DVR_Dude, it really is about trading time versus money. My TivoHD upgraded disk died, and I had to go back to the orig. In the meantime I ordered a premiere and a DVR_Dude 2TB upgrade. With 3 kids in fall sports, the inability to find the hours required for the upgrade, researching acoustic modes etc, made the DVR_Dude upgrade reasonable.

    Different strokes for different folks at different times.

  5. retiredqwest

    retiredqwest Member

    Sep 7, 2010


    Actually I went back and ran Winmfs against the 2TB JMFS copy and turned on Supersize and it cranked upto 318 hrs.

    And this was on the Tivo HD not the S3.

    And I've tried JMFS on 4 hard drives so far and they all booted up and soft booted correctly.
  6. lew

    lew Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2002
    We didn't really answer the OPs question. Tivo_Dude is legit. He has 100% feedback. He occasionally posts on TCF. He's using the correct drives. OP questioned his use of 5400 rpm drive. That's preferable. Fast enough. Quieter. Lower power. He's offered drives for the Premier and 1.5 and 2 Gig drives for the TivoHD long before the techniques were publicly available.

    His prices are much lower then other vendors selling plug n play drives.
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    My 1TB and 2TB drives from DVR DUDE were 7200rpm drives. I think they were Hitachi drives. I see he's using all WD drives now.
  8. szatkoff

    szatkoff Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    Des Plaines, IL

    I purchased my 2TB drive for my Premiere from DVR_Dude. This install took all of 5 minutes. I would purchase from him again.
  9. Phantom Gremlin

    Phantom Gremlin Active Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    His prices are much cheaper than either weaknees or DVR upgrade for a similar priced drive.
  10. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    I've had good luck with both Hitachi and WD drives, and considerable bad luck with Seagate. I like the WD drives, though, because they run much cooler and take less power. On the TiVo, this is of modest consideration, but still more than zero. On my RAID arrays, it's a pretty big concern.
  11. Chimpware

    Chimpware New Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Just bought a 1 TB drive from DVR-Dude for my Tivo HD, that was acting strangely and failed drive tests. Drive installed very easily (less than 20 minutes) and works great. Only issue is that Comcast cannot seem to get the Data ID updated for the Tivo yet and cannot figure out what's wrong on their end.

    Oh well, certainly not the drives fault. If you are thinking about upgrading DVR_Dude saves a lot of time for a little money. I am someone who has done drive upgrades in the past on my own, but no longer having a Windows or Linux box running regularly in the house made this a little more difficult.

    As an aside, the same drive from WeakKnees would have cost over twice as much, so price seems good compared to competition.
  12. missdona

    missdona Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    I've purchased 3 (2 1.5TBs and 1 2TB) upgrades in the past two years from him. They've all worked flawlessly and he delivers very quickly. I recommend him to my friends and wouldn't hesitate to go with him again.
  13. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver ish
    I had the same problem with Comcast when I had a drive fail. The only fix was to have them swap the cards.
  14. jdmass

    jdmass Member

    Dec 1, 2002
    Westborough, MA
    Another happy DVR-Dude customer. I've done my own upgrades to my Series 3 boxes, but I bought a 1TB from him for my Tivo Premiere since I didn't want to hassle with the still somewhat experimental nature of upgrading that platform. The drive was a 7200RPM WD Green SATA and the Tivo image has functioned flawlessly (aside from known Tivo Premiere bugs) thru two software updates.

    His price is very reasonable for what he offers: a very minimal level of effort for expanding your Tivo. And much lower than the competition.
  15. jcthorne

    jcthorne Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Would certianly be interesting to see if DVR_Dude can come up with a working 3TB drive solution. Anyone know if MFS file system can support addressing drives that large?

    I'd be buying yet another drive from him if the 3TB option comes available.
  16. Boston Mangler

    Boston Mangler New Member

    Nov 25, 2004
    Just upgraded my Tivo HD to a 1TB from DVR dude. The drive is a Western Digital.

    The install was super easy and the only minor glitch i had was that i had to call my cable company (time warner) to reauthorize my cable card. They did it over the phone and it only took a minute.

    Anyway, i am very happy with his product and service!
  17. Chimpware

    Chimpware New Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    You're kidding???? I will not go through that, I will cancel the premium stations before I go trough the pain of switching the cable card just because I upgraded/replaced the drive.

    DRM BS is such a PITA. No wonder people just torrent everything. The only ones who have to deal with the issues are the legit people. Stupid model.
  18. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    If you don't use a cable card, you won't get guide information for most of the channels. You might as well downgrade your service to their basic network package.
  19. jcthorne

    jcthorne Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Many have gone OTA and internet in lou of CATV service because of all the cable card, tuning adaptors and DRM issues. We did 3 yrs ago and never looked back. $100 a month in my pocket paid for that OTA antenna and internet bandwidth long ago.
  20. Chimpware

    Chimpware New Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Ummmm dude, you need to read the whole post. I have had a cable card in the Tivo for 2 years. I just recently upgraded the drive and it stopped working.

    Anyway. I did end up having to have a Tech at the house, but all he did was call the info in, same as I did 3 separate times, but miraculously it worked. He told me that the system the Tech Support people have access to us not the same as the Field Tech Office and this happens a lot. Anyway he did a great job and was done and gone in 10 minutes.

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