Upgrade Roamio hard drive and remain with T3 and not change to hydra.

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by wml1950, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. wml1950

    wml1950 Member

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    Can I simply replace current original hard drive for Roamio for cable and keep T3?

    Do I replace current hard drive with larger capacity hard drive and have Roamio itself prepare new hard drive?

    When new hard drive is completed, does T3 (the current system on the Roamio) remain?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the operating system is on flash memory and you can go up to 3TB without any special preparation of the drive. You are not looking to copy any existing shows to the new hard drive?

    Scott
     
  3. wml1950

    wml1950 Member

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    I am pleased to hear that hard drive will set itself. Does this take a few hours or longer? Any hints on replacing to avoid problems?

    I was thinking of transferring the shows that I want to keep to TiVo bolt. I will select show on bolt from a show listed on Roamio. After shows are moved to Bolt, upgrade Roamio hard drive. Then, transfer shows back to Roamio.

    Do you know of an easy to do alternative to retain shows?

    Thank you.
     
  4. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If you don't want to save anything:
    Up to 3TB it will format the drive automatically. That usually takes bout 4 minutes. For drives in the 4-8TB range you need to install the drive in the Roamio to get the initial format, then use MFS Reformatter (mfsr) to properly reformat it and get the full drive space. MFSR is a windows program that runs in a few minutes.

    If you want to save your settings and recordings:
    Use the mfscopy command in MFS Tools 3.2 (download the latest version from post #131) to copy your existing drive to the new drive. This will copy and expand everything up to 4TB. For even larger drives you can use multiple passes of the mfsadd command to add additional 2TB partitions. See DIY 10TB Roamio for more info. MFS Tools is a Linux boot disk, and you need to read up on the correct command line syntax.
     

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