REPLACING ROAMIO OTA WITH SMALLER HARD DRIVE

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  1. bricco

    bricco Member

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    With TiVo since 1999. My Roamio OTA hard drive failed and I put in a working 500 GB I had handy. When I setup, a large pink window came up and advised me to call Tivo because I was downgrading software. Is this because the Roamio OTA can only operate with a 1 TB or larger drive. I thought these Roamio hard drives were interchangeable, in a pinch. I have several larger TiVo’s but use this for news shows that I delete and I like having an empty MY SHOWS folder on this TiVo. Do I need to buy a 1 TB or can TiVo Technical Support help me get the 500 GB to work. Thanks.
     
  2. josim

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    I don't know but, I have a Roamio basic and OTA. Both came with and still have the original 500 GB hard drives. So, I think the drive should work. Perhaps your attempt to downgrade the software is the reason for the warning? Good luck.
     
  3. keithg1964

    keithg1964 Ragonk

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    Maybe, if you had TE4 on it, TE4 requires a larger drive maybe than 500 GB? Just an wild guess.
     
  4. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    Sounds like maybe the drive already had data on it from another TiVo? Have you tried wiping the drive and reinstalling it?
     
  5. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    At one point I put a very small drive, significantly less than 500GB, into a Roamio Pro. It operated without any problems. I would concur with the guess above that this possibly a TE4 thing.
     

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