Replacing HDD???

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  1. dmmatic

    dmmatic New Member

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    My Tivo Premiere HDD died and I found working HDD on Craiglist, so my question is. If i take dead HDD from my Tivo and replace it with the working one, will it work immediately or I will need to do some additional steps in order to get it to work?

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  2. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    You'll need an image. Instantcake will work.
     
  3. dmmatic

    dmmatic New Member

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    I am little confused, so if you don't mind, can you explain what do I need to image?

    So if I take HDD from the working Tivo Premiere Unit (Unit1), and want to place it to my Tivo Premiere (Unit2) I will need to Image it first?
     
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Now I'm confused. You bought another Premiere and you want to take its drive and put it into your old Premiere?
     
  5. dmmatic

    dmmatic New Member

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    Ok, I guess I confused everyone.....so lets try one more time so please bear with me.


    HDD in my Tivo Premiere Died so I need to replace it, so my questions is. If I take HDD from working Tivo Premiere (which I found on Craiglist) can I just take it and place it in my Tivo Premiere?

    Will it work, or there is something else I need to do?
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    If this TiVo you just bought has been in service, then it should work after the TiVo gets done deleting all of the recordings. A better option would be to power up the working Premiere, do a "Clear & Delete Everything" before you remove it.

    If it hasn't been in service, then it should work fine and go through an initial setup.

    In either case, most people around here, myself included, would recommend that you acquire a new, larger drive and use the working drive to image it. Then, if you don't want two TiVos, you can try to sell it.

    Whatever you do, if you have a CableCARD installed and your cable system requires that CableCARDs be paired, you will have to get it paired to the TiVo again.

    BTW, what killed the drive?
     
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Yes you can just swap the hard drives. When the Tivo boots up, you will have to perform a Clear & Delete everything before it will work properly.


    As others have suggested, I would recommend upgrading the hard drive while you can. Upgrading the Premiere is fairly straightforward with the JMFS software.
    It will only cost you the price of a 2TB hard drive.
     
  8. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    And most likely you will have to have your CableCARD re-paired.

    I'm still confused. If the OP has 2 Premieres, one of which is working while the other has a bad HDD, and swaps the HDD from the working one into the non-working one, what has he gained over just using the one with the good HDD?
     
  9. steve4cr

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  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    :confused: If his first TiVo has lifetime that would be the only reason I could see that keeping the same box (motherboard) would matter. Any other type of subscription can easily be transferred to a different TSN on the TiVo web site, can't it? Or is this governed by some restriction with the $20/mo. Premiere subscriptions?

    What a tangled mess the unit and subscription deals are on TiVo's now.
     
  11. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I think it would be less hassle to just swap the hard drive, regardless.
    Now that cable cards can be 'self installed' it's a simple matter of a phone call, isn't it?

    Besides, if the original Tivo hard drive was dead, you wouldn't be able to recover the cable card pairing anyway.
     
  12. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    If you are not comfortable creating your own larger HDD as described above you can buy one from Weaknees already formatted. There is a link at the top of the page on the right hand side. Or you could buy one from DVR_DUDE on eBay and install it yourself. You might have to call your cable company to have the cable card remarried to the new hard drive but thats as hard as a phone call and if you have FiOS you may not even need to do that.
     
  13. jfh3

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    To be clear:

    If you use a hard drive from any other Premiere, you will have to do a "Clear and Delete Everything" to "marry" the new drive to the Premiere. AFTER you do that, you will have to call the cable company and have the re-pair the CableCARD. MAKE SURE that they update the host and data values (which will be different, even in the same Premiere) during the process.
     
  14. lpwcomp

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    What he might consider doing is to power up the "new" TiVo, clear and delete everything, power it back down, pull the drive and use it to create an expanded drive to install in the "old" TiVo. Then take the drive from the "new" TiVo and store it away as a backup so he he won't have to go through this exercise again. He could even, at some point, create another drive to put in the "new" TiVo and either sell it or put it into service.
     
  15. dmmatic

    dmmatic New Member

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    Ok, thanks to everyone for the comments. Since HDD in my Premiere died and after reading all your comments I got replacement 320 GB HDD on eBay for $38 (delivered).

    Installing HDD was not a problem, for some reason fan was making so much noise first two-three minutes that i was thinking i did not do something right and that I will have to open it but it simply stop.

    It took a long time to start, and after that to get Cox Tuning Adapter to work, then it did not record or work properly till I did Delete Everything step.

    Now it works great, only problem that I have is that my iPhone/iPad app will not recognize Tivo Premiere, it thinks its Tivo3/HD Tivo. Software version i have on the system is 14.5 and when i manually try to force new software download it does not update it to 14.8. Will my Tivo automatically download new software version (I was told that may be the reason for not recognizing iPhone APP).
     

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