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Geekend hack: Add an external hard drive to your TiVo HD

In this episode of CNET's Hacks, Brian Cooley, Editor-at-Large, shows you how to add more space to your TiVo using an external hard drive.

Each week, TR Dojo provide advanced technical tips and advice to help IT pros become IT Ninjas in the workplace. But that doesn't mean there isn't time for tech on the weekend. In this Friday TR Dojo post, I'm highlighting a really cool episode from CNET's Hacks show that TiVo HD owners will want to watch. In the show, Brian Cooley, CNET Editor-at-Large, shows you how to add more space to your TiVo using an external hard drive.

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6 comments
hastypete
hastypete

Why not just replace the HD instead of adding an external drive? You are allready spending all the time to open the Tive etc. Install a 1TB drive and store the original in a safe place as a backup. then you won't lose all your shows when the external drive loses power. and you won't be spending more money on electricity to keep that drive powered.

dshepherd
dshepherd

That's a nice hack, but I'd prefer to use InstantCake and just replace the internal HD with a 1TB or bigger. Yes, I have to pay $20 for it, but it is well worth that.

rodan1
rodan1

I don't see why it wouldn't but then I'm not that knowledgable on DVR's in general. I have a DirectTv HR21 DVR.

redvette
redvette

Watched the video but he left out something, he did not show how the new HD was connected to the Tivo unit. He put the old one back in the Tivo unit, what did he do with the new HD.? He did mention it had to be connected always to the Tivo. Thanx....Gunny

dshepherd
dshepherd

Doubtful it is that simple. The DirectTv HR21 DVR isn't a TiVo unit, so winmfs isn't gonna do the trick.

setech
setech

Just toward the end of the video he said that it was to connect just about any eSata drive -Steve