TiVo Roamio Hard Drive Upgrade, PART 1 While there have been other threads on this, I wanted to post a new one from the perspective of someone who is a klutz about such stuff. I also report on several key tips — including restoring a real 30-second JUMP — that were either missing or buried in other threads about the upgrade. I know it's been said before, but believe them when they say: THE ROAMIO HARD DRIVE UPGRADE IS REALLY EASY! If you can use a screwdriver, or an Allen wrench, you can do this. (The tool in this case is a Torx wrench, much the same thing.) I'm absolutely not a DIY. While I once years ago added RAM to a computer, that’s about all I've ever done in the tech realm. So, if I can upgrade a Roamio, you can, too! This is definitely a long post. But it's one that I wish I had seen ages ago. I wouldn't have held off the upgrade as long we did! OVERVIEW Basically, you disconnect everything from the Roamio. Then, all you do is pop the top case off, unscrew the old drive, take it out, move its brackets to the new drive, screw the new drive-bracket assembly back into the Roamio, and pop the case back on. Easy-peasy! TiVo then returns you to the initial guided set up and takes care of everything for you. That's it! But read through the following! PRELIMINARIES First thing we did was to watch and delete most of the shows on the Roamio before upgrading its drive. We got it down to about 4%. Next, I used the marvelous PyTivo program and transferred the about 10GBs of shows to my laptop wirelessly. Didn't take that long. We also knew that if we lost the shows it wasn't that big a deal, anyway. It's just TV! TIP: Before transferring the remaining shows to your computer, you may want to check whether they are on the TV schedule as it could be easier to simply re-record them than spend time transferring them from the Roamio to the computer and back again. If you spot shows that are coming up, make note of them, delete the corresponding ones you have recorded, and simply re-record them after doing the upgrade. Next, be sure to take digital camera photos of your One Passes (what used to be known as Season Passes). You will have to restore them manually. In fact, PyTivo will show you your season passes, so you can simply screenshot those! CONCERNS I was worried about the power supply biz. Horror stories from the old days about shocks and warnings about being careful. Well, I needn't have been concerned. Just don't touch anything on the left side of the Roamio and you'll be fine. Everything you need to do is on the right side of the unit (looking from the back) where the hard drive is. And, it's easy to remove the drive. Note: One concern I had was that the upgrade would install the new OS, which I definitely did not want. It didn't do that. Same old OS it came with, speedy and efficient (albeit it with the same dumb, space-wasting Discovery Window across the top and the time irritatingly always showing!) WATCH VIDEOS WITH DIRECTIONS Use this YouTube video for your actual upgrade. It has good narration. It's better than this one with the banjo music and no narration: However, watch *both* of them ALL the way through before starting! It'll give you a clear picture of what to do. (The second one even shows an error in installing the brackets!) THE HARD DRIVE TO GET The absolute consensus here is to get the Red Western Digital hard drive: WD30EFRX. I did and it works fabulously. Got it from Amazon. WD30EFRX Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JJLW4M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 TOOLS NEEDED Q-tip, Rocket blaster, and Kleenex. These are important as you will likely find dust inside, especially on the fan itself, and as long as you are there you might as well remove it. NOTE THE WARNING IN REPLIES. FOIL IS NOT RECOMMENDED! Sheet of aluminum foil. Touch the foil every now and then to ground yourself, especially if you walk elsewhere and come back. UPDATE: Touch the OUTSIDE frame of the TiVo to ground yourself. But do NOT touch the INSIDE. Put the drives on top of the anti-static plastic bag the new drive came in. Avoid putting them on anything metallic! Torx set with T8, T9, T10, and T15. Note: you may need only two or three of them for *your* Roamio, but there have apparently been changes, so it's best to be prepared! Also, even if you already have a set, spending $9 on a spare set could be a good idea as some cheaper ones can warp and be rendered useless. However, it was easy to unscrew things, so an extra set may be unnecessary. In any event, if the worst happens, you should be able to find a set at a local hardware store. I bought this Torx set off of Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078RLVMSK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 However, it'd be better to get one with a screwdriver handle. The little ratchets can be hard to turn. Here's what I used for my Roamio: T9 for back screw T8 I think (not T10) for removing drive with brackets. T15 for removing the brackets from the drive. As to the brackets, see the tip below.