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Just upgraded my Tivo today.... Went from a 40 hour ( when new ) to a 144 hour ( upgrade #1 ), and now I have 329 hours ( upgrade #2, brought it up to the MAX a Tivo can hold due to kernal limitations - EDIT: This isn't true, it seems by my calculations that 352 hours is the absolute MAX video a Tivo can hold. ) of Tivo to choose from Basically I did it for retention. When we moved, we got the deluxe cable really cheap for 3 months, so I have EVERY channel you can think of ( well, not all of 'em ). So now the majority of the recordings are 2 hour movies, so they would get deleted pretty quick, because they take up more space. Now I don't have to worry about it! Right now the earliest stuff I have is from 4/14. I will give it a week and see where it goes from there.

All in all this was a great deal. The 40 hour Tivo itself was $250, the first drive was like $100 and the second was like $120. So I am looking at $470 for a 329 hour Tivo. The 80 hour version RIGHT NOW is $349. So for another $120 I got the max amount a Tivo can hold ( EDIT AGAIN : the MAX is 352 hours I believe ) which would have cost me $220 over the $349 for the 80 hour model. Plus I still have the original 40 hour drive, if I wanted to use that for something else.

Not to mention, that Tivo is probably the best entertainment invention ever. With the latest software I can stream all my MP3's and digital photo's from my network, AND, rumor has it that they are working on a way to stream MPG video from home networks. That would be so sweet. Download "a movie", convert it to MPG and leave it on a server/machine and watch it from any Tivo in the house. Pretty cool. The photo option is fabulous, no more hanging over me and my laptop or display. Just turn on the slide show, and our Disney trip is there for the rents to see...



EDIT : The realistic MAX amount a Tivo can hold is 274 gigs ( including the operating system ). At the quality level I am recording at, I believe that it works out to like .74Gig per Hour. 329 ( total now ) - 144 ( total old drive ) = 185hrs ( 137 gig worth of video - NEW drive ). 137gig / 185hours = .74. Which means .74 Gig per hour. 120gig ( first drive ) / .74 would give 162 hours. 162 - 144 ( reported space available by Tivo ) = 18 hours worth of OS. 18 * .74 = 13. With that calculation, there is 14 gig of space reserved for kernel/swap space. Which seems like alot.

EDIT2 : After all of these calculations, to get the MAX video, I would have had to buy the second drive ( upgrade #2 ) both times, because the first drive is 120 gig and the second is a 160 gig. The tivo will only recognize the first 137 gig of both drives due to kernel limitations.

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Just upgraded my Tivo today.... Went from a 40 hour ( when new ) to a 144 hour ( upgrade #1 ), and now I have 329 hours ( upgrade #2, brought it up to the MAX a Tivo can hold due to kernal limitations - EDIT: This isn't true, it seems by my calculations that 352 hours is the absolute MAX video a Tivo can hold. ) of Tivo to choose from Basically I did it for retention. When we moved, we got the deluxe cable really cheap for 3 months, so I have EVERY channel you can think of ( well, not all of 'em ). So now the majority of the recordings are 2 hour movies, so they would get deleted pretty quick, because they take up more space. Now I don't have to worry about it! Right now the earliest stuff I have is from 4/14. I will give it a week and see where it goes from there.

All in all this was a great deal. The 40 hour Tivo itself was $250, the first drive was like $100 and the second was like $120. So I am looking at $470 for a 329 hour Tivo. The 80 hour version RIGHT NOW is $349. So for another $120 I got the max amount a Tivo can hold ( EDIT AGAIN : the MAX is 352 hours I believe ) which would have cost me $220 over the $349 for the 80 hour model. Plus I still have the original 40 hour drive, if I wanted to use that for something else.

Not to mention, that Tivo is probably the best entertainment invention ever. With the latest software I can stream all my MP3's and digital photo's from my network, AND, rumor has it that they are working on a way to stream MPG video from home networks. That would be so sweet. Download "a movie", convert it to MPG and leave it on a server/machine and watch it from any Tivo in the house. Pretty cool. The photo option is fabulous, no more hanging over me and my laptop or display. Just turn on the slide show, and our Disney trip is there for the rents to see...



EDIT : The realistic MAX amount a Tivo can hold is 274 gigs ( including the operating system ). At the quality level I am recording at, I believe that it works out to like .74Gig per Hour. 329 ( total now ) - 144 ( total old drive ) = 185hrs ( 137 gig worth of video - NEW drive ). 137gig / 185hours = .74. Which means .74 Gig per hour. 120gig ( first drive ) / .74 would give 162 hours. 162 - 144 ( reported space available by Tivo ) = 18 hours worth of OS. 18 * .74 = 13. With that calculation, there is 14 gig of space reserved for kernel/swap space. Which seems like alot.

EDIT2 : After all of these calculations, to get the MAX video, I would have had to buy the second drive ( upgrade #2 ) both times, because the first drive is 120 gig and the second is a 160 gig. The tivo will only recognize the first 137 gig of both drives due to kernel limitations.
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