TiVo roamio ota - can I use formatted hd for upgrade

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by beerkensp, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. beerkensp

    beerkensp New Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I just received my roamio ota and would like to upgrade it's harddisk. I understand that this is really easy if I use a brand new drive but I would prefer to reuse a 1.5 tb drive I already have. This drive is currently formatted for windows.

    Can I just put this in the roamio and will it sort itself out or do I need to do something with the the drive first?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Windows and Tivo file systems are completely different. All you need to do is to wipe the drive of all data and partitions, put the drive in the Tivo and power it up
  3. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    You don't even have to wipe it. A Roamio will overwrite ANYTHING except a drive that's already set up correctly for a Roamio.
  4. beerkensp

    beerkensp New Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks you very much.

    I will just put in my old drive and everything should just work. I can't believe how much easier this has become.
  5. GBL

    GBL covert opiniative

    Apr 20, 2000
    Twin Cities, MN
    One caveat is to make sure TiVo's puny power supply can meet the power needs of your drive.

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