Clean up your storage device

The Google Fiber storage device has the capacity to store up to 2 terabytes (TB) of data. That includes your uploaded personal media, shows or movies you record from your TV, and all the shows recorded while your TV Box was powered on.

The storage device can become full very quickly when any of the following situations occur:

  • Recording conflicts can occur when you set up a large number of Smart Recordings for shows that air frequently, particularly if you mark the recordings Keep Forever.

  • If you press  on the remote control to record a show that you are watching, it automatically marks that recording Keep Forever.

When it needs more space, the storage device automatically deletes recordings in the following order:

  • Shows watched but not explicitly set up to be recorded by a user (including those that were not watched but were recorded because the TV Box was powered on). These shows generally do not appear in Current Recordings.

    Recorded shows are actually recorded and saved on the storage device, not the TV Box. So as long as you leave the storage device powered on, your scheduled recordings will be recorded. It is not necessary to leave your TV Boxes on when you are not actively watching TV.

  • Shows that have been recorded and watched that are not marked "Keep Forever."

  • Shows that have been recorded but not watched that are not marked "Keep Forever."

Check your storage device space usage to determine how much disk space is being used and how much is available.

The remainder of this article describes how to clean up your storage device when any of these situations occur.

You can cancel a scheduled recording if you no longer want to record a specific show. In addition, if you have recordings of that show you no longer want, press  on the remote and select DVR. Highlight the show on the Current Recordings screen, and press on the remote. A message prompts you to confirm deletion of the entire series or Smart Recording. Select Delete to delete the entire series or the Smart Recording.

When  appears on the main menu bar or on the DVR menu, it indicates a recording conflict requiring resolution—that is, more than eight shows are scheduled to record at the same time.

After you resolve any recording conflicts, or if you do not have any recording conflicts, you might see  on the main menu bar or on the DVR menu. This icon indicates that you have one or more system messages. To review your system messages, press  on the remote control, and then select DVR and then Manage. The Notifications screen lists all of your system messages. Navigate to any message on the list and press ok to display it. After you read the message, select Delete and press ok to remove that message from the list. If you want to delete all of the messages at once, on the Notification screen, select Delete All Messages. This action removes the messages from your storage device.