Friday, March 5, 2010

Upgrading Tivo

Our Tivo was acting strange lately, and I ran a hard drive test on it and it failed one of the tests. Our HD Tivo came with a 160 gb hard drive (which is a decent size).

I read online that you can buy normal computer drives and install the special Tivo software on it. A company also sells these drives with the Tivo software pre-installed.

So I bought a 1TB hard drive off of Amazon that's designed for desktop computers. Took out the old Tivo hard drive and plugged it into the laptop, then plugged the new 1TB hard drive into the laptop and basically cloned the drive copying all of the saved programs and settings from the old to the new.

Guess what? It works!

Before with the 160gb we had 20 hours of HD recording capacity, now we have 157 hours of HD recording space. As seen here:

Tivo sells a box with 1TB of space for $499. The new drive cost me $90.


Nancy said...

You are so CLEVER!!!! Booyah.

Kathy said...

That's incredible!