Standby or totally off?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mcf57, Sep 7, 2020.

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Which is better for this situation/scenario?

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  1. Totally unplug between recordings

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  2. Put roamio in standby

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  1. mcf57

    mcf57 Member

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    I have a roamio with an xfinity cable card. I get their lowest basic cable package and all works great. I use to use it more frequently, but I now rarely use it. Instead I use my nvidia shield, amazon fire tv and directv satellite tv ($10/month employee discount) for regular tv viewing, streaming and/or recording.

    the only reason for keeping xfinity tv is I need to record local cable access channels for a certain project (long story). This only happens about 2-3 times per month.

    I was putting the DVR in standby. However, lately I am totally shutting it down as sometimes it can be 3-4 weeks between recordings. I then plug it in about 1-2 days before a recording. Then after a recording is done, I transfer the show to a networked PC via pyTivo & shut it down again. I figured the hard drive is not spinning at all when shut down and therefore last longer.

    which would better in this situation; standby or unplugging? (survey above)
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The powering up and down is wearing the drive more and more, than just leaving it on.
     
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  3. TishTash

    TishTash Active Member

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    I was under the impression that standby shut down hard drive activity unless there was a recording taking place. (I certainly hear no hard disk activity when I put a TiVo into standby.)
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    In standby, only the video output is shut off. The max power save mode will turn off everything and will not even turn on by itself for recordings.
     
  5. TishTash

    TishTash Active Member

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    Well, it may not “turn on” but the recordings proceed nonetheless.
     
  6. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

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    It won’t record suggestions, but it will record scheduled recordings. And it’s not technically off as the box is still running.
     
  7. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    For your use, I would power off. I have a Premiere that I use for storage. It gets power about twice a month for a few days.
     

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