View Full Version : What the largest hard drive Tivo can support

24-06-2008, 02:39 PM
Anyone know? :confused:

With the price of hard drives dropping it feels like time to upgrade the drive and reimage... and might as well go big while I'm at it:D

Darren King
24-06-2008, 04:28 PM
I do know 750GB have been used but nobody has reported larger than this, although there is no reason why not.

Remember the proviso you ensure it is not a SATA interface and if it is Seagate you stick to one drive only as per these guidelines: http://www.oztivo.net/twiki/bin/view/Install/PrepareTiVoDisk#Hints_and_Tips

PS: your other identical post in the NZ specific area was deleted. Please do not crosspost.

16-02-2009, 06:31 PM
There are many different barriers in place for drive sizes.

With the right preparation you could use a 2TB drive in the S1 but you have to build the file system by hand. The current version of MFSTools will let a drive upto 1tb work. With the latest version of WinMFS should allow you to use a 1.5 or 2TB drive but only 1TB + your original capacity would be usable.

The most likely limit of a properly configured S1 is 2.2TB.

Threads of interest include -
http://mfslive.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=257 starting on page 6 is when it gets real fun
http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=416133 similar discussion

I have personally used an S1 with two 500gb drives at one time.

Darren King
17-02-2009, 11:31 AM
Given most people rely on the prepared installer CD and for ease of troubleshooting the practical limit would be 1TB. As pointed out in another recent thread there are also very good reasons for loss of bulk recordings if a hard disk fails why you probably should not consider more than this figure anyway.

08-06-2010, 06:55 PM
Ciper, you could help me by telling what brand/model of 500gb drives you're using. I'm beginning to think my two Western Digital WD AV WD5000AVJB Hard Disk Drives, 500GB, 7200rpm, 8MB Cache, ATA-6/100 aren't compatible, or at least not in a pair.

08-06-2010, 08:52 PM
I can tell you the Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKB and WD5000AAJB) are definitely not compatible. I hope that is not also the case with the AV drives.