Swapping TiVo Bolt Box, but want to keep Hard Drive

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  1. elprice7345

    elprice7345 Member TCF Club

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    I’m replacing my TiVo box, but would like to keep the existing HDD and the content on the disk. Is this possible?

    I’m planning on doing the following:
    1. Booting the replacement TiVo and updating SW if necessary
    2. Running guided setup and pairing the cablecard to make sure this box works
    3. Replacing the new TiVo’s HDD with the old HDD
    4. Repairing the cablecard if necessary
    Will this work? Will I be able to keep my content or do I need to download and upload?
     
  2. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    This will not work. You will have to download and upload.

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  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You cannot just swap drives from 1 Tivo to another, because the shows are encoded for the specific Tivo it was recorded on.
     
  4. elprice7345

    elprice7345 Member TCF Club

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    Thanks! I'll download and upload anything i want to keep.

    The rest of my process should work, correct?
     
  5. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The replacement drive must be erased by the Tivo for it to work, Clear & delete Everything.

    The drive must be running in the original Tivo to be able to transfer shows to a computer, or another Tivo and transfer back over to a "newer" Tivo.

    Programs like KMTTG (download only) can download shows to a computer, PC, then you need to have PyTivo (or PyTivo Desktop), or Tivo Desktop (no longer supported) to be able transfer back to a Tivo. Shows can only be transferred/copied one at a time, but can be done in sequence (recommend only a few at a time.)
     
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