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When might we see new instructions / software to expand the internal drive on the TivoHD?

I see that Weaknees and DVRUpgrade are already taking orders on upgraded units, so what are they using?

The TivoHD ships with the 8.1.7x branch of the software, presumably with new drivers for the demodulators, decoders, and SATA controller -- all of which are different from the Series3. The Kickstart 62 method to enable eSATA does not work.
 

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bkdtv said:
When might we see new instructions / software to expand the internal drive on the TivoHD?

I see that Weaknees and DVRUpgrade are already taking orders on upgraded units, so what are they using?

The TivoHD ships with the 8.1.7x branch of the software, presumably with new drivers for the demodulators, decoders, and SATA controller -- all of which are different from the Series3. The Kickstart 62 method to enable eSATA does not work.
I would love to test it out but I don't have a Tivo HD yet so oh well.
If I were to guess, mfstools would work fine. Hopefully people will use mfslive version with all the fixes or Winmfs if I can finish testing it.

As far as adding an eSata drive, use mfslive method 2 and see if you can enable it.
And for method 1, or adding an eSATA drive without opening your TiVo HD, maybe all we have to figure out is what signature to put on the eSATA drive like the way BlessTivo works.
 

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They are likely using the same tools as used for the Series 3 Classic. I see no reason it would be different.
 

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Has anyone upgraded a HD yet? I've got mine sitting here and have heard the old tools do not work. Do we have confirmation on that before I start taking it apart?
 

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If Weaknees and DVRUpgrade really have a method to do it, as suggested by the fact that they are selling expanded models...

Hopefully someone can find out what they did.
 

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I've heard that the TivoHD has 64bit addressing on the new drive to get past the 2TB barrier. That is the hold up...
 

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Well it was posted in the Series 3 forum *linked thread* that some enterprising soul has successfully updated a new Tivo HD box using WinMFS.

I hope others are as pumped as me about this, I'll be ordering my new HD tivo, in part thanks to this. Though I'm not sure I could live without one of these :D I was literally about to buy a S3 before coming back from Spain for the summer before I noticed something new on the TiVo site. I'm glad I waited until I was about ready to come home to order.

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I'm upgrading my TiVoHD right now. I'm using the alpha of WinMFS. I should be finished within the next half hour. Hopefully it works like it's suppsoed to. I'm going from the stock 160GB drive to a 500GB drive. I'm copying everything on my full 160GB drive and then I'll expand it to the 500GB capacity. My fingers are crossed.
 

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It worked! I now have 64 HD hours of recording time on my TiVoHD!
 

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Can anyone tell me if this drive will work as an internal replacement/upgrade?

ST3500641AS-RK 500GB RTL SATA/300 RETAIL KIT

Thanks
 

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MarkF2 said:
Can anyone tell me if this drive will work as an internal replacement/upgrade?

ST3500641AS-RK 500GB RTL SATA/300 RETAIL KIT

Thanks
Can you use a SATA drive in all TiVo's? I'm no expert, but I think you will be safer with a PATA drive.
 

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Can you use a SATA drive in all TiVo's? I'm no expert, but I think you will be safer with a PATA drive.
You don't have a choice but if you did, why would the PATA drives be safer? I haven't seen any difference between PATA or SATA drives except the SATA drives have a faster interface.
 

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aaronwt said:
It worked! I now have 64 HD hours of recording time on my TiVoHD!
Did the same upgrade worked great, on the TiVo-HD
 

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You don't have a choice but if you did, why would the PATA drives be safer? I haven't seen any difference between PATA or SATA drives except the SATA drives have a faster interface.
My mistake. I meant the PATA is a universal upgrade, but only some TiVo's have SATA interfaces, so you might save yourself some trouble buying a PATA drive. Since this thread is about TiVoHD, then my general statement was incorrect, in addition to being poorly worded.
 

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BrianEWilliams said:
My mistake. I meant the PATA is a universal upgrade, but only some TiVo's have SATA interfaces, so you might save yourself some trouble buying a PATA drive.
No, TiVo has either PATA or SATA interface, not both. There is no "universal" interface.
 
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