It would be wrong software, you can get a new 320GB drive with proper software and adapter on ebay for $80.
The S1 and S2 TiVos use a PATA/IDE drive. There were a few 640GB and 750GB ones made, but almost all of them are 500GB or less.I was reading an article on these forums where a person had hard drive problems with their TiVo Premiere. They saved quite a bit of money on replacing the hard drive by buying a TiVo Premiere at Amazon for roughly $75 and using it for spare parts. I looked and apparently that deal is still good at Amazon as of today.
The thread I am referring to is entitled "Tell me about Kickstart 57" and was posted by Aero 1 on November 21st, 2011. I don't have enough posts to give the url.
According to the TiVo website, the hard drive on a standard TiVo premiere is 320 gigabytes.
So, my question is this: Is it possible for me to purchase this TiVo Premiere from Amazon, remove the hard drive from it, and install said 320 gigabyte hard drive in my series 2 dual tuner TiVo? Is the hardware compatible? If it is possible, would it be "plug and play" or would I have to configure the premiere hard drive just like I would have to do if I bought a blank hard drive?
Obviously what I hope to hear is that I can do this instead of paying Weaknees $179 for a hard drive of similar size already configured for my TiVo.
Although I possess a small degree of technical skill with computers, it is not enough for me to feel confident in going 100% the do-it-yourself route. I am afraid that if I try, I may mess things up or find out that I would have to substantially alter the hardware/software on my PC in order to be able to configure the hard drive.
See if your local Target has any WD Elements external drives left at a non-horrible considering the Thailand floods price. You can go online and find a video or 3 of how to disassemble the case and remove the drive.I have product lifetime service. It is paired up with Dish Network. Otherwise, I'd just look at an overall upgrade.
Thanks for the info. It's exactly what I was looking for.