Using a Tivo drive in my PC

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Len McRiddles, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Len McRiddles

    Len McRiddles New Member

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    I want to use my 160GB Tivo HD OEM drive in a PC running Windows 7 HPE. I installed it, and can see it in device manager, but I can not use it. What do I need to do to use it?
     
  2. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    Go to the control panel/administrative tools/computer management/disk management then mount the drive and format it.
     
  3. Len McRiddles

    Len McRiddles New Member

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    Thank you, I will try that right now.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    You really should put that drive on a shelf and save it as a backup for your TiVo instead.
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    At the very least you should make a backup image of it so you can restore it to another drive later. Either way it's a good idea to keep some sort of backup on hand. Otherwise, be prepared to shell out $40 for an InstantCake image or even more if you have to buy a pre-configured replacement drive.
     
  6. madneon

    madneon Member

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    It would be best for you to image or keep the drive in your closet I have tried several drives in many tivos and they all go bad after a while I have two industrial server drives I will try next but I still have my original 160 gigs.
     
  7. Len McRiddles

    Len McRiddles New Member

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    I have 2 Tivo HD's, and both of them have been upgraded to 1TB drives. I made images of both drives, and still have the other HDD.
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Okay, then I guess we'll let you slide.

    This time.:)
     

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