Can I clone a TiVo hard drive?

Can I clone a TiVo hard drive?

Clone New disk Shut down your PC, and connect up both the Old and New disks. Boot up, and run WinMFS. You should now be able to see both the Old (TiVo) disk and New (blank) disk. In WinMFS, run the Clone Disk command to copy from the Old to the New disk.

How long does a TiVo hard drive last?

The box basically lasts forever. The disks, not so much. I expect a TiVo disk to fail about once every five years. So far, they’ve even greatly exceeded that.

What format is a TiVo hard drive?

TiVo Inc. The MFS or Media File System is a proprietary file system used on TiVo hard drives for fault tolerant real-time recording of live TV.

How do I use WinMFS?

  1. Step 1: Buy a bigger drive.
  2. Step 2: Download WinMFS.
  3. Step 3: Connect the drives to your PC.
  4. Step 4: Boot your PC and run WinMFS.
  5. Step 5: Run WinMFS, Troubleshoot the formatting of your New Drive so it shows up in WinMFS (in my case).
  6. Step 6: Wait Patiently.
  7. Step 7: Select “Yes” to expand the drive.

What hard drive is in TiVo edge?


TiVo Edge for Cable TiVo Edge for Antenna
Hard Drive Size 2TB 500GB
Recording Hours (HD) 300 75
Tuners 6 2
Remote TiVo VOX Remote TiVo VOX Remote

How do I add an external hard drive to my TiVo bolt?

In order for you to connect your DVR Expander, you must first have a supported TiVo box, listed above.

  1. Unplug the TiVo box.
  2. Connect the eSATA cable between the DVR Expander and the TiVo box.
  3. Plug in the DVR Expander.
  4. Wait approximately 15 seconds for the hard drive to warm up.
  5. Plug in the TiVo box.

Does anyone use TiVo anymore?

Yes, 10 million people are still using TiVos. The companies anticipate at least $100 million in annual cost savings.

Why did TiVo fail?

TiVo failed to predict the massive switch to VOD/Streaming technology. Most of their intellectual property is around DVR-based technology, which implies some form of live broadcast. TiVo was a stopgap solution replaced by better technology.

How do I upgrade my TiVo?

Follow the steps in the app and select upgrade options to start the upgrade process.

  1. The TiVo Experience 4 Upgrade app is used to upgrade a compatible DVR on TiVo Experience 3 to the latest user interface, TiVo Experience 4.
  2. From TiVo Central, select Apps.
  3. Choose Upgrade now to upgrade to TiVo Experience 4.

What is WinMFS?

Enter WinMFS — a Windows utility to upgrade your TiVo drive. It’s still in Beta (currently build 8), but we decided to give it a whirl. Extracting the original drive from the TiVo is straightforward: break out your Torx T10 bit, remove the six screws from the rear of the TiVo and then slide open the case.

Does winmfs back up TiVo shows?

Note that WinMFS does not back up your recorded shows, only the parts of the disk image necessary to get you up and running again should disaster strike. We used the File > Backup options to make copies of our basic TiVo files, the bootpage, and kernel right on our NTFS Windows drive. Now comes the actual upgrade.

Can I upgrade my TiVo Premiere to a 1TB hard drive?

If you purchased a 1TB WeakKnees drive for your Premiere or previously upgrade your TiVo yourself to an expanded drive you will need to use the original 320GB hard drive to perform the upgrade to your new drive

Does the TiVo Stream support multi room remote viewing?

If you buy a TiVo Premiere or Roamio HD you can now add support for multi-room and remote viewing, by including the new TiVo Stream that has full iPad, iPhone/ iPod and Android remote control and streaming support (the Edge, Bolt, Roamio Plus and Pro include it internally). I highly recommend it.

How do I set up my new TiVo Premiere?

Screw the cover back on, plug it all in and power it up. Your TiVo Premiere should start to boot and after about 3 to 4 minutes display the initial lead in video. It ‘may’ then go into Standby mode with a blank screen. Do not panic, just press the TiVo button on your remote to bring your new TiVo alive.

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