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Jay Dreyer :: Upgrade Your Tivo

Upgrade Your Tivo

We have one of the original Tivo’s – a Sony SVR-2000. Lately it has been acting strangely. The biggest problem was that it would freeze and the only way to get it working again would be to unplug it and plug it back in. After doing some research, it sounded like the hard drive was the culprit.

I went to TigerDirect and ordered a new 160GB hard drive. After searching around, I found the Hinsdale How-To site and went to work. My friend Joe also recommended this site, but I found the other one to be more helpful.

The whole process wasn’t too bad, as long as you’re comfortable with taking apart both your Tivo and your computer. You need to understand how your hard/cd/dvd drives are hooked together in your system so that you can connect the new hard drive and the old Tivo drive. The process can be really quick if you don’t need to save the shows that are currently on your drive. I needed to save mine so I did a direct copy from the old disk to the new. It took around 2 1/2 hours for the copy to finish and about 15 to put everything back together and the Tivo back in place.

Once I finished the upgrade, my recording capacity went from 9 hours at high quality/30 hours at low to 45 hours at high, 150 at low. Now we can store an almost infinite amount of Elmo, Thomas, Clifford, General Hospital and whatever reality show my wife is into. I think I need my own Tivo…


| posted 09/07/2005 04:29 PM

Permanent link to this comment  Joe  on  09/08/2005 04:45 PM  said: 
For the record, I would have recommended the Hinsdale How-To, which I have used in the past on Team 1270’s Tom Mazawey’s Tivo so he could store 30 episodes of the Wonder Years, but I thought the other one was much prettier. Now I know…and knowing is half the battle.
Permanent link to this comment  Jay  on  09/08/2005 04:54 PM  said: 
Ahhh…sorry about that, Joe. So that’s 2 votes for Hinsdale.

Should we just always refer to Tommy as “1270’s Tom Mazawey”?