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2. Adding More Hours > 28. Testing Your TiVo’s New Capacity

Testing Your TiVo’s New Capacity

Wondering if your new hard drives work? Let’s find out.

After all that hard work and time looking at the guts of your TiVo, now it’s time to find out if all that hard work paid off.

Reconnect your TiVo and plug it in. Watch it boot up. If it gets that far, then this is a really good sign! Surf your way to TiVo Messages & Setup System Information and check out the line that starts with “Recording Capacity.” What does it say? Mine’s shown in Figure 2-7.

Plenty of hours of recording capacity
Figure 2-7. Plenty of hours of recording capacity

As a rule of thumb, your TiVo should, on average, hold about 1.2 hours per GB of hard drive storage in standalone models (without a built-in DirecTV receiver) and about 0.875 hours per GB in the DirecTV with TiVo models. If you have a total of 150 GB of storage in your standalone TiVo, you should be able to store about 180 hours of programming at basic quality. In a DirecTV with TiVo, the same 150 GB will yield up to 130 hours.


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