Originally Posted by Chere
I definitely don't want to risk voiding the warranty especially since I have PLS on it. I'm assuming that Tivo will know that the hard drive was switched at some point even if you sent it back with the original hard drive by running some kind of diagnostics on it.
Originally Posted by Aero 1
why do you think if you find a service that will swap drives for you will not break the warranty? regardless who does it, swapping the drive before the 90 day warranty breaks the warranty. Wait till the 91st day to swap the drive, you wont have warranty anymore (unless you got the extended). besides, tivo doesnt care that you swapped the drive.
Tivo knows if you've got a different drive almost the moment you swap it...via the Internet.
Tivo does kind of care if you swap the drive. They don't drop your subscription, but they also will not allow you to swap the box if it breaks. A few years from now, if your Tivo breaks, Tivo will send you a replacement box (for a price) unless you have swapped drives. They will not do it if you have swapped drives. I have no idea what the replacement cost might be, but lets assume it is $150 for the 4-tuner Roamio. Obviously, this is really only an issue if you have a lifetime subscription. $150 for a (probably) refurbished Tivo is no bargain, but $150 for one with a lifetime subscription was a great deal.
I mention this because it actually happened to me. My 7 year old TivoHD started acting up and they would not transfer my subscription to a replacement box. That is why I'm going to try to use an external drive with my Roamio.
That said, I'd not hesitate for a second to swap in a 3 TB drive if I didn't have a lifetime subscription. There is minimal downside in that case.