Western Digital My DVR 1 TB Expander not working on TiVo Premier

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by DangerRanger84, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. DangerRanger84

    DangerRanger84 New Member

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    I have a Western Digital My DVR 1 TB Expander(WD10000F032). It has a big sticker that says TiVo verified and has worked fine on my TiVo HD. I replaced both my TiVO HD units with TiVo Premiers and neither one will reconize the drive. I know that I will lose all of the recored shows, but I cannot get it to work at all on either unit. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Andrel

    Andrel Member

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    Did you reboot your Premiere after installing the drive ? I am using one with no issue, however, it was never installed on a Tivo HD before.
     
  3. DangerRanger84

    DangerRanger84 New Member

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    Yes, I have bounced the TiVo several times. I plugged it back into the HD unit and and I currently performing a "Reset and clear everything" to see if that helps
     
  4. lafos

    lafos Well-Known Member

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    I have the 1TB expander on a Premiere XL with no problems. It was new when installed. I also have a 500GB expander that was used on a THD, then stored for a while, then put on a Premiere. It worked right away after the Premiere formatted it.

    Could it be an issue of the eSATA connector or cable? They can be flaky.
     
  5. DangerRanger84

    DangerRanger84 New Member

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    Turns out my expander was bad. I ran a SMART check and it failed.
     
  6. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    anyone have any trouble with an Elite? I brought a brand new 1TB WD expander that's tivo approved (has the tivo instructions in the box an all).

    tried 3 thumbs down reboot a bunch of times, tried pulling the plug twice and I get nothing.

    I guess I'll try a new cable next....
     
  7. MichaelK

    MichaelK Active Member

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    Yep- it was the cable.

    I remember back when the external storage was first turned on with the S3's that you had to buy the "right" cable as many had connectors that were literally too short and didn't go far enough into the tivo. Comparing the cable that came with the brand spanking new western digital expander (just manufactured as it was backordered for like months....)- and the cable WD gives you is the wrong one for the tivo.

    would have thought this would have been resolved after several years but i guess nope....
     
  8. liquix

    liquix New Member

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    Where did you get the cable? I am having the same problem
     
  9. liquix

    liquix New Member

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    I found the answer to my question in the FAQ:

    I ordered the recomended SIIG cable from Amazon, so hopefully that solves my problem.
     

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