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2TB "Broflovski" / Hybrid TiVo HD Image for >1TB

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tcfcameron, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    The S3 which uses a 160GB internal, the TCD652160, or HD, has a list of a very few WD bare drive numbers, and the drive inside the external eSATA enclosure has to be on that list, and only 500GB and 1TB drives are on that list.

    When the original S3, the 648, came out, the option to add an external hadn't been added yet, even though there was an eSATA port on the motherboard.

    Somebody figured out how to enable it, and so TiVo found themselves faced with lots of 648s out there with all sorts of different brand and size drives attached externally. So they couldn't include conformance to the list on that model when they updated the software because it would have "broken" so many units.

    (Maybe some of the "hackers" over there at the other "site which may not be named here" figured out a way around the list for HDs and HD XLs, but for your average home gamer the 652 and 658 have to use one of the WD externals with the TiVo logo on the retail box.)

    So much simpler to just slap a WD20EURS in them.
     
  2. ciper

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    I should have been more clear. I didn't mean to try to use it as an "extender" drive but rather to do the normal marrying process so you can skip the whitelist all together.

    I'm sure all the Tivo HD are out of warranty by now so there shouldn't be anything stopping the person from opening the case to do they marrying procedure right?
     
  3. unitron

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    Are you talking about the same process used to turn single drive Series 1 and Series 2 TiVos into dual drive units?

    Will a Series 3 automatically turn what previously was recognizing master and slave IDE drives on the same ribbon cable into recognizing a drive on the internal sata port and another on the eSATA port into an A-B pair?
     
  4. ciper

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    It has been sooooooo long since I've done that mod I can't say whether it is the same outcome or not but it may be.

    What I was referring to was using MFSadd or MFSlive to enable the second drive rather than doing the normal ESata auto detect method.


    I do have a random question for you. On the full MFSlive guide it lists one command line for the OLED S3 and a slightly different command line for the THD
    OLED mfsadd -ex -r 4 /dev/sda /dev/sdb
    THD mfsadd -x -r 4 /dev/sda /dev/sdb

    I can't seem to figure out what the small "e" does.
     
  5. sfhub

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    I think it is to use the B drive as the eSATA drive (ie 2 drive config)

    I don't think you need to do "r 4" anymore. It was to workaround some bug which has since been fixed.
     
  6. ciper

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    That would make sense. So without the "e" it's doing some type of drive marrying?

    Yeah you don't need the R4 anymore. The guide is very outdated.
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Are those two commands actually written down in the full guide, or the product of the command generator (ICG)?
     
  8. sfhub

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    I've never used -e but I believe WITH the option present you are creating the 2 drive data/esata setup for oled S3s.

    I don't know what it does for the non -e add with THD. Whether it does marrying, or whether it checks drive compatibility for esata, etc. It might just do nothing and be a product of the ICG command creation algorithm creating old s2 commands for an s3 that don't work.
     

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