Roamio OTA Hard Drive Upgrade

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by gdoug, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. jeffw_00

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    I'm about to upgrade my 500GB Roamio, which is -almost- as big as I need. (I never filled up my 1TB TivoHD) and so 2TB feels like it will be oodles of space, and I suspect a 2TB drive is a bit more reliable than 3TB - still, it nags at me that maybe I should go for 3TB, but can't say why....
     
  2. HobokenSkier

    HobokenSkier Well-Known Member

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    I went with 2 simply because I upgraded my NAS to 2x4gb and had a pair of WD Red 2gb sitting on the shelf.
     
  3. Mikeguy

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    3TB is a good thing. :)
     
  4. jeffw_00

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    2 responses - but not much of a case - maybe there isn't one? :)
     
  5. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Unlike the old adage that you can never be thin enough, you indeed never can have too much storage space.
     
  6. jeffw_00

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    can't help but wonder if 2GB will give me marginally less trouble...
     
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I haven't heard of that here. And the 3TB, just like the 2TB, auto-sets itself up in the TiVo box.
     
  8. jeffw_00

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    Thanks - I Plan to use MFS tools - not interested in the labor to copy off/copy on and re-setup 30+ OnePasses and risk getting the new GUI
     
  9. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    You can backup/restore your OnePasses with KMTTG.

    -KP
     
  10. jeffw_00

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    Yes - but I've found that with MFS tools I burn a CD, turn off my PC, hook up the drives, boot off the CD, type 3 commands, wait, turn off the PC, drop in the new drive, done - why take the long way (and risk getting the new GUI?)
     
  11. Pito Salas

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    How long should it take from the first "Welcome" screen until something more happens? My upgrade seems to have gone smoothly but I'm at that screen for about 20 minutes now!
     
  12. JoeKustra

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    OTA or Plus? In either case I would pull the plug for a minute and see if it hangs again.

    see: Upgrading Roamio Plus hard disk -- FAIL!
     
  13. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    What model drive did you use? Not all drives work in a Tivo.
     
  14. Mr. Wilson

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    I'm having the same problem that Pito Salas is was having. I have a new WD20EFAX Red. NASware 3.0. I installed the drive and it never gets past the startup screen. My firmware is 21.9.7v10-846-6-846. Any ideas? I'm going to try downgrading the firmware to see if that makes a difference.
     
  15. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Watching telly, drinking wine - Lily Allen TCF Club

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    EFAX is a DM-SMR disk and is not suited for TiVo use. TE3 (20.x) will accept it but it'll run like dogs---, whereas TE4 often will outright refuse to boot.

    You want an EFRX (tougher to find) or a Purple PURZ surveillance drive.
     
  16. Mr. Wilson

    Mr. Wilson New Member

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    Thanks. I didn't pay attention. The EFAX was a bit less expensive.
     
  17. jerryez

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    Right now, the red 3TB drive is cheaper than a 2TB drive on Amazon.
     
  18. Scott9mm

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    Digital decided to use shingled tracks on certain red drives and didn't tell anyone. Shingled drives are not suitable for DVR or surveillance.
     

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