Has anyone modified a Tivo with an expansion drive yet? Were there any issues with this?
I've performed a few Tivo upgrades for owners with external extender drives, and it is possible. It's very important to supply the extender drive and power adapter along with the Tivo, as that's the only way to test things afterwards. You can't fully boot a Tivo married to an extender drive, unless you divorce it first, and then lose recordings.
I would however recommend the permanent divorce anyway, as these extender drives are bad news. Far better to install a new 1TB or 2TB internal than to wait for the external to fail.
Thanks for that. I have always been a bit concerned about the external drive failing as the recordings would probably all be lost. An upgrade to a 2GB internal drive would be great but I don't want to lose the current recordings. Is there an easy way to clone the recordings from the internal/external combo to a new drive before using that to become the new drive? And presumably the new drive has to be keyed somehow to be recognised by the Tivo (like the external drive where not just any drive would work).
If you have the Home Networking Package, you could copy your recordings across to a PC running the Tivo Desktop, then once the new 1TB/2TB drive is integrated, you could copy them back. There's no straight-forward method I'm aware of that would allow you to transfer or combine your recordings onto a new large internal drive. Perhaps if the Tivo HNP becomes unlocked by the developers in the future, you could move them to another Tivo, as some of my clients did before the HNP key allowing this, expired a short time ago. If you divorce the external drive now, I'm fairly sure that the recordings that were originally saved on the internal drive will remain intact (based on what I've seen when doing this) and of course recordings made since adding that external drive will be lost.