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which hard drive and why. for older Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by jvnsuffolk, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. jvnsuffolk

    jvnsuffolk New Member

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    I have had this for about 4 years. I believe its only a 500 gig hhd. I want to replace it. 1 or 2 terrabytes is good enough for me as I do not save shows. I watch them and delete them. can you tell me what is the best hhd. I have read WD's are what should be used. So I have to ask What happens if you use a seagate or another brand. and Also should I use a 7200 rpm or is the 54 sufficient. One more thing. I have seen vids were all you have to do is swap out the hhd and the tivo will write the software on it and your good to go. I don't have anything to keep on there so I can just go with the flow.
    Thanx
     
  2. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    There are several threads about changing hard drives.

    TiVo Roamio Hard Drive Upgrade, PART 1
    Roamio OTA Hard Drive Upgrade
    Best 3TB drive for Roamio

    Those are just 2018.
     
  3. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    A lot of newer Seagate drives use SMR (shingled) technology, which is a bad choice for TiVos. The WD Reds (not the Red Pro) are the current recommendation. WD10EFRX, WD20EFRX, etc.

    5400 RPM drives are more than sufficient. All a higher RPM drive will get you is more heat and vibration.

    Anything up to 3TB is a simple swap. You might want to use kmttg to back up your One Passes and channel list first - it's a lot easier to restore then after the new drives goes through Guided Setup than re-entering them by hand.
     
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  4. jvnsuffolk

    jvnsuffolk New Member

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    Great answer. Simple and to the point. thanx
     
  5. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I can't argue with that for 3.5" drives, but I'm changing the 2.5" Seagate drive in my laptop with a 7200rpm drive. it uses less power too. But I don't have the models handy.
     
  6. skypros

    skypros Ex satellite dealer

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    I will throw my 4ยข into this.
    I just upgraded my roamio plus from a 1 tb to a 3 tb...... and the physical swap was really easy.

    I also watch and immediately delete 98% of my recordings........ The one thing I do - do is HORD shows.
    IE: I will record a whole season (like better call saul) and then binge watch..... So my 1 tb hard drive was really starting to be a challenge.
    Also here is something to consider when upgrading a tivo hard drive...... lets say some channel has a "marathon" on some show you would like to see (Like the complete walking dead that AMC just aired) where there are 100+ episodes.... You will appreciate the larger hard drive

    Western Digital Red on Amazon 10.7.18
    WD10EFRX $65 - 1TB
    WD20EFRX $85 - 2TB
    WD30EFRX $108 -3TB

    There is about $20 between them..... I would just go with the 3TB and be done with it..... That said, if you are thinking a 1TB is perfect...... Then I would definitely go for the 2TB hard drive..... $20 more is easy.... Spending $65 for a 1TB, and finding out you really need more space is allot more expensive.

    The hardest part of the whole process was trying to figure out how the Heck KMTTG worked..... because I sure didn't want to load all these one passes back into the system.
     
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  7. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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  8. OrangeCrush

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    I say if you're going to do the surgery, then go big or go home. Because more is more!
     

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