TCD746500 (746) Stuck on Reboot - Replace HDD?

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  1. Luckyluc

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    Hello all. I have an original TCD746500 (746) Series 4 Premiere. The Tivo just keeps rebooting and is beyond loud...almost grinding.

    I don't care about any of the shows. The unit has Lifetime, and I called Tivo. They want $200 to replace the box and then $300 to buy lifetime on that. I could buy a brand new OTA for that.

    If possible I'd like to just replace the drive, as don't need for much other than connecting to Netflix/Amazon and using for OTA. Is it even worth it these days?

    I have no clue on what drive to use or the steps. At one point I swear people used to say you could toss in any drive new and Tivo on bootup just essentially formatted the drive and put its software on and away you go. Guessing that is not the case today.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. ThAbtO

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    You cannot just swap in a blank drive and hope it will work with the Premiere. It needs an image pre-loaded.

    The recommended drive to use are WD Red drives, WD10EFRX (1TB), WD20EFRX (2TB), WD30EFRX (3TB), up to 8 TB is possible.

    You can get an image from @ggieseke.
     
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  4. ggieseke

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  5. Luckyluc

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    doing the hdd test now. Man the TIVO was loud as all get when I kicked it up. Someone said it could be the fan too? I will have to do some research on that and replacing it.
     
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    Here's an option - "New unopened Tivo Premiere 4". $26 on Ebay. I'm tempted and I already have a Bolt, Roamio and 3 2-tuner Premieres.
     
  7. EdmundPittPA

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    May I also get a copy of the latest DVR Drive image for a TCD746500 ? My device is stuck in Guided Setup loop,, and the thread seems to imply that they only way to fix it is to restore from a newer image. My current version shows 20.4.5c-01-2-746. Thanks.
     
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  9. EdmundPittPA

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    Got it. Thanks! Hopefully will be up and running again soon.
     
  10. redwolf7374

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    Could I get this image also? And possibly the 746320 too? I have two doing loop setup.
     
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  12. redwolf7374

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    Thank You
     
  13. Joker27

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    May i also get an image for TCD746320? Thanks so much.
     
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