How to Copy Data From a TiVo Hard Drive

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The TiVo digital recorder can be networked to a PC and accessed as if it were a computer hard drive. The TiVo and the computer must both be on the same home network for each to see the other. The PC can access the movies and other data on the TiVo's hard drive once a TiVo-to-PC program has been installed. The operating system of the TiVo-enabled PC is not negatively impacted by being able to access the TiVo's hard drive.

Things You'll Need

  • Home network

Step 1

Download and install a TiVo-to-PC program to the PC's desktop, such as the TiVo Desktop software program (see the link in Resources). Double-click on the icon of the TiVo-to-PC program once it has fully downloaded. Follow the command prompts to install the TiVo-to-PC program onto the PC's hard drive. Restart the PC.

Step 2

Double-click on the TiVo-to-PC program's icon to launch it. Click on the "Pick Recordings to Transfer" icon on the TiVo-to-PC program's main screen. Wait as a new window appears over the TiVo-to-PC program's main screen.

Step 3

Check the box next to the file that you want to copy from the TiVo's hard drive in the window. Click the "Start" icon on the window.

Step 4

Wait as the file is copied from the TiVo's hard drive to the computer's hard drive. Quit the TiVo-to-PC program once the file has been copied.