Thoughts on backing up TivoHD drive in case drive dies

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by BrianAZ, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. BrianAZ

    BrianAZ Back on the wagon

    Aug 13, 2007
    Chandler, Az
    I've just come back to Tivo after a 3-4 year absence and wanted to see what people felt about backing up your TivoHD drive for the sole purpose of applying the backup image to a fresh drive if the one it came with crapped out on me after the one year warranty (I'm holding off on increasing storage until eSATA is fully enabled). Is it worth it?

    When I had my last experience with Tivo, I had one of the DirecTV Tivo units. The harddrive must've died 2-3 times on that thing. Luckily it was under warranty each time and it was replaced.

    Do the units produced in the last couple years suffer from the same drive problems? I would hate to be left with a useless box after just a year if it's only the harddrive that's busted. Is the time/effort I spend backing up the drive worth it really or am I being overly concerned?

  2. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    You can get the TiVo software if your drive crashes, but it is still not a bad idea to make a backup. Many people take a similar route and just upgrade to a bigger drive, keeping the original drive as a backup. Spike2k5's "WinMFS" tool works great for either option. The instructions are at
  3. rcamille

    rcamille New Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Long Island, NY
    Since the 160gb drive included with the HD TiVo is too small anyway, I would recommend that you upgrade the drive using winmfs and keep the factory drive as a backup. It is very easy and is cheaper in the long run doing this than going the eSATA route. In addition, it is one less component to clog up your entertainment center. You can pick up a 500gb drive for around $100.
  4. dougfetter

    dougfetter New Member

    May 14, 2006
    That is exactly the approach I have taken.
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    That is what I've always done when I replace the original drive with a larger one. I have a box with over a dozen TiVo original drives.
  6. BrianAZ

    BrianAZ Back on the wagon

    Aug 13, 2007
    Chandler, Az
    Thanks everyone.

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