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Not really, There are some special drives that are optimized for the TiVo, peruse the Underground->Playground-> TiVo Upgrade Center section for information. The Series1 & 2's use EIDE drives while the new Series3 contains a SATA drive. Most off the shelf drives can be configured for use in a TiVo. If you are not familiar with the innards of a PC then I suggest you get a pre-configured drive from WeaKnees or PTVUpgrade.
 

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Plainfielder13 said:
So, are you saying that I could take an empty hard-drive, and the Tivo will automaticly format it for use?
No. It needs to be specially formatted and contain the proper data. Take a look at the TiVo Upgrade Center board on this very site for more information.
 

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No, the Tivo will not automatically format a new hard drive. Just like a PC, you need an operating system for the Tivo to boot. Tivo runs on a Linux kernel. You need to format the drive and install the Tivo operating system. Each model Tivo requires specific code. You can buy a preloaded drive or you can copy your existing drive, including your programs, using utilities like instacakes.
 
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