WD green drives?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mcf57, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. mcf57

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    I have two lifetime roamios that are using cable cards and currently working great. From what I have read here, if the drives fail, it’s an easy process; Just replace the drive and the internal EPROM will take care of formatting and preparing the drive as needed.

    I also saw how WD purple drives are the recommended ones. I barely record on my tivos these days so don’t need the 4-10TB I see for purple drives. Instead, would a 500gb WD green AV drive work instead? Just curious and wondering for possibly down the road
     
  2. JoeKustra

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    Yes, just connect the drive and it will be formatted. A 500GB drive is how most boxes are shipped. I have four in boxes, having upgraded to 1TB then 3TB. When they stopped with the Green drives I went Red. I have no need for anything larger. It's like wanting a 5 Liter engine. Nice, but my driving habits are fine with 2 Liters. It depends on your viewing habits. I have (over the network) access to 10GB now, and no need for more.
     
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  3. ThAbtO

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    Green drives are no longer made. Greens are also more noisier than Red.

    Red drives ending in EFRX (avoid EFAX, for now) purple ending in PURX or PURZ.

    Roamio will self-format up to 3TB and needs to be connected to a computer for up to 8TB.

    Edit: There is now an augment to the Red drives called Red Plus and this line should be the GOTO drives.
     
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  5. mcf57

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    OK, I guess if/when the time is needed, I'll maybe go with Blue or Red. The reason I also ask is cause I thought I saw someone else post that certain drives need more power than the Tivo can supply. Therefore, you will get stuck in a welcome reboot loop. Hence, the purple ones were recommended.

    Is this something to watch out for? Will the blue and red drives be OK on not pulling to much power from the Roamio tivo? Just wondering.
     
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    jerryez

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    When I replace my 1TB OEM drive with a 3tb red + drive will I lose my Seasons Passes or are they stored elsewhere?
     
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    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    If the drive is copied, then no.
     
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    jerryez

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    What do you mean by copied? Not a geek here!
     
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    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Hook both drives to computer and copy with a program like MFSTools.
     
  10. kpeters59

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    Use KMTTG to make a Backup of your OnePasses and Channels List.

    -KP
     

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