So a while back I posted that one of our TiVo's was freezing up and that I was planning to upgrade the hard drive. Well I did indeed do that. I would like to say it resolved all of the issues, but it did not. I think that there was an errant software upgrade.
Any how on to the upgrade, at one time I thought about documenting all the steps, but to be honest there are some great documents on this already. In fact, I have to give credit to Weakness.com for a great installation guide. In fact, if you are looking for a complete kit, or to have someone perform the upgrade for you, this is a good place to go.
So for my system I did the following:
- Picked up a Western Digital 1TB AV-GP SATA drive from Amazon.com
- I wanted to clone my drive, so I also picked up an external SATA hard drive dock from Amazon. I went with a dual one by StarTech, which allowed me to have both the old drive and new drive plugged in at the same time for easier duplication.
- Followed these PDF instructions compliments of Weaknees.com: http://www.weaknees.com/instructions/tivo-hd-value-upgrade-instructions.pdf
- I also downloaded a ISO bootable image with a file called WDIDLE on it to disable energy saving feature on the WD hard drive. It is important to do this with this drive, else it will not soft-reboot correctly and you will have to yank the cord and go through the boot-up phase multiple times. You will have to do some Google searches to find this. Also, at least one image I found, did not boot correctly for me, but I did find one that worked.
- Before installing the new drive I cloned the old one using an application called WinMFS, available for free at: http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/
- Finished following the instructions on installation of the new drive.
95% of this went really smoothly for me. The most time intensive portion was finding a copy of the WDIDLE app with a bootable image that my laptop would recognize and the time it took to clone the drive. I had a lot of HD video on the old drive and it took a good 6 hours to clone. Fortunately you can leave this running unattended.
Once I had all of that done, and the new drive in the TiVo, it came up swimmingly. The response time is a bit better, and I now have about 120 hours worth of HD video space as oppose to about 20-25 hours.
We did still have a few issues with the system rebooting, but this was greatly reduced after I placed an a valid copy of WDIDLE on the drive and set a really long time delay on when to "sleep." There is supposedly an older version of this utility out there that will let you completely disable the sleep function, but I was unable to track it down.