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  # 270860 7-Nov-2009 14:09
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TivoTimmy: external HDD - there is a 1TB drive which can be purchased from Tivo which is supported. Apparently if you just buy one yourself and try to connect it, it won't work.

Correct.  The ones sold in the Telecom stores have special formatting that the TiVo requires, therefore you cannot just hook any old external to it.  Also, the TiVo external hdd's will not work on computers, they are formatted for use with the Tivo only. 

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Uber Geek


  # 270865 7-Nov-2009 14:25
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As far as I read if you attach one of the Tivo External Drives to the box and it (the external drive) dies or you unplug it then you loose everything including the stuff on the internal drive as LVM's them or something tegether.

(or I might be wrong)


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  # 271169 9-Nov-2009 08:23
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Had a busy weekend but can report the following;


Wireless connection a lot better than I expected. Seamless setup and good consistent connection.


The really interesting thing that I learnt was the streaming of video from my PC. It works similar to downloading a movie. That it transfers it to the TiVo harddrive, however it allows you to start watching it as it transfers. I did this on an unnamed .avi and it was smooth as Pooh! So even though I had to copy from one PC drive to the TiVo you can set it up to delete after viewing or after a specific time and date. You can get it to auto transfer by filename wild cards as well.


Understanding how this worked was a bit tricky. Once I installed the Tivo desktop software it asks where your specific media resides. Music, Photos and video. I selected a dty for video however I could not get it to transfer to the TiVo. It wasn’t until I copied the .avi to the default “My Tivo Folder” on my PC and Voila! It started transferring. A blue light came on the front which indicated that I can start watching it .


Really cool stuff!


1/         I like fishing shows! I just used the TiVo suggestions search and put in “fishing”. It found 3 shows within 15 seconds, what time they were on and the channels. It then asked if I wanted to record any or all of them. Yes please! Simple as that.


2/           I didn’t buy any movies (may never) however I tried a couple of free music videos. Not high quality, but again allowed me to start watching as they downloaded. Freebies expired and self deleted after an hour!


3/           Music streamed from my designated PC folder, as promised, however probably won’t use this as it does not provide any album art or play list capability (that I have found so far).


4/           Photo’s displayed nicely from my PC (slide show etc). It also offers to view photos off uploaded web albums.


5/         Instant Replay – This is cool! My Mrs always says; What did he say? (I think she is going deaf but I would never suggest this) With instant replay it rewinds live TV by 8 seconds, so if you missed a significant comment you just jump back and get it again.


6/         Fast forward ads. Don’t like ads just fast forward through them on Live TV. Nah just kidding! But a good idea for the future! (actually you can do this if you have paused Live TV and are catching up)


Just the start!


They see me rollin, they hatin!

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