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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Vadi

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    So it's just a software compatibility thing then? Makes sense.

    To be more specific about what is inside the expander, the better question would be what drive is physically in an expander.

    Is it the WD10EURX inside of the expander? Is the drive in the 1TB expander the same as the drive in the 1TB Roamio Plus?
     
  2. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow Well-Known Dismembered Member (Lurk Mode On)

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    Expander drives use an internal drive with a specially identifiable firmware, uniquely assigned to DVR expander drives, and nothing else.

    The drive in an expander case can be placed inside a different case (even with a different SATA to eSATA bridge chip), and still be accepted by the TiVo, but not the other way around.

    This is all off-topic, and I'm partly to blame for the topic drift. I'm excusing myself from any further participation, and hope the thread finds it's way back on topic.
     
  3. jilter

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    Thank you.
    I guess it was not clear to me the only way Tivo will give one a break on Lifetime is if they buy direct from Tivo. I did try to ask that question directly but failed.
     
  4. lessd

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    You can get the Roamio Plus with lifetime for $500 under the 10 year deal, and put in a 3 Tb drive for about $100, and still have the 1Tb drive left over.
     
  5. jilter

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    Beautiful suggestion. Never upgraded a Tivo myself. Not confident in my ability to do so.
     
  6. Kash76

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    I did it last night. It literally took 10 minutes. Eight screws and disconnecting the old drive and reconnecting the new drive.
     
  7. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    I hear it's pretty simple. There are probably how-to youtube videos about it.
     
  8. Mikeguy

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    Looked at 2 great YouTube vid's on the process--good. Especially the one where the modder put one of the hard drive rails on upside down--good to learn from it! :)
     
  9. gespears

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    I'm still looking for the amazon 100 bucks off code if anybody has one they are not going to use. If so, please PM me.

    Thanks
     
  10. jilter

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    Dumb question, I know:
    How does the software get on the new drive?
     
  11. Kash76

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    It automatically loads when the TiVo detects the new drive. They've really made it easy for us :)
     
  12. JoeKustra

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    I opened mine and it is the WD10EURX.
     
  13. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    On the Roamios, the TiVo software is saved on the flash memory. As an above post says, after you install the new hard drive and start up the Roamio, it automatically detects that there is a new drive, formats it, and loads the TiVo software onto it for you. Installing a new drive is essentially plug and play for the Roamios.
     
  14. jilter

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    Appreciate the guidance very much. I think I will buy the Plus, Suffer with the 1TB and ride out the warranty coverage. Once I have no coverage, I will upgrade. That way either I will appreciate that much more, the extra space an upgrade will bring me, or realize it is not necessary. Much appreciation to all who responded.
     
  15. Fofer

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    Just be aware, you'll lose all of your recordings if/when you do the HDD upgrade. That's why I do the HDD upgrade first. It's so easy. There aren't even stickers on the back of the case that would indicate you opened it up.

    And if the upgrade doesn't work you can always just pop the original drive back in.
     
  16. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Just one word as to delaying an upgrade: you'll lose the shows on the old hard drive when you upgrade, and so if you want to save them, you'll need to transfer them to another TiVo or your PC before upgrading (and then back to the TiVo and its new drive, if you want them there). Just something to keep in mind, in case any of the content is important to you.
     
  17. TheBar1

    TheBar1 Long Time Lurker

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    PM sent. Happy shopping!
     
  18. TheBar1

    TheBar1 Long Time Lurker

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  19. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Why don't you buy it for him and immediately sell it to him via paypal or other means?
     
  20. gespears

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    Thanks for trying Justin. I appreciate it!
     

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