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Clone Tivo XL4 hard drive?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by epereira, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. epereira

    epereira New Member

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    New to the forum and can't seem to find a definitive answer..

    I have a Tivo XL4 (2TB) and I would like to clone the hard drive to a new 2TB hard drive (as a spare backup). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jrtroo

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    instructions are in the upgrade forum. Look for JMFS tool. There is also a new backup tool that has been created, but have never used.
     
  3. epereira

    epereira New Member

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    With JMFS do I need to supersize and expand since I am going from 2TB to 2TB? Has anyone tried it on the XL4?
     
  4. Smokeball

    Smokeball New Member

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    My oldest Premiere XL4 is now 18 months old and I have noticed the first indications that my hard drive is starting to show its age and hard use.

    I've searched the forums and have not been able to find a definitive discussion of "cloning" the 2TB hard drives that are installed in these particular units, Series4.

    I have changed out hard drives in my TIVOs over the years, doing so in Series 2s and Series3 s. I don't think I ever did a Series 1.

    Several Questions

    1. What would be the best hard drive?

    How about this one?

    2. Would the JMFS Version 1.04 software still be the best way to CLONE?

    3. After cloning, would I have to turn off "IntelliPower" and change the audio settings to "128" as I have seen in some youtube videos?

    I have searched the forums for this information a lot last night and this morning and have had no luck. If this information is already here, please forgive my poor searching skills.
     
  5. Teeps

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  6. MeInDallas

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    The drive you posted would be perfect. That drive is an AV drive so no need to disable Intellipark, it comes disabled from the factory. Also that drive does not have AAM so no need to worry about adjusting the settings. JMFS is the best I've found so far, thats what I've always used. There is DvrBARS but I've never tried or used it, not sure how it works.
     
  7. Smokeball

    Smokeball New Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'll order the hard drive and let you all know how things go.

    :)
     
  8. jjon2121

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  9. Smokeball

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    Aren't those programs written for WINDOWS machines?

    The TIVO systems use LINUX.

    The videos I've seen all say disconnect your WINDOWS hard drives and only connect your TIVO hard drives. The JMFS disk boots up in the CDROM and handles the cloning job.

    I've never done a TIVO hard drive CLONE before so I'm not completely certain I have the facts just right. I'd appreciate any expert advice on the matter.
     
  10. GBL

    GBL covert opiniative

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    one problem right here:

    TiVo uses Linux and a proprietary file system that Partition Wizard doesn't appear to recognize.

    PS. feel free to try either one and report back.
     
  11. jjon2121

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    Your right. They both showed the tivo disk as unallocated.
     
  12. ggieseke

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    And still people won't use DvrBARS...

    Sigh :(
     
  13. unitron

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    The older version, the WD20EURS, will work just fine, and Amazon has it for $95, free shipping right now.

    I'm currently running 3 of them in 2 original S3s and one S3 HD.

    The feature that needs to be turned off on some WD "green" drives is "Intellipark".

    Apparently the WD20EURS's made in the past several months are leaving the factory with it disabled already, but the

    wdidle3.exe

    utility, available on the free Ultimate Boot cd (of which everyone should have a copy) can tell you if it's enabled or not

    wdidle3 /R

    and can disable it if it isn't already

    wdidle3 /D

    Also on the UBCD is diagnostic software from several different drive makers, including WD, and before putting any drive into service the maker's own long test should be run on it, because sometimes sh1t happens during shipping.

    If one wishes to "Xerox" a TiVo drive to another of the same size (same LBA number, actually) then one should use the Linux/Unix utility

    dd

    or the more feature-heavy

    dd_rescue

    (available on the MFS Live cd v1.4, among other places)

    or the similar but slightly newer

    ddrescue

    (more properly Gnu ddrescue)

    which is available on the jmfs cd v1.04 (it's what jmfs uses to do the copying part of what it does) and it's also available on the UBCD.

    All 3 of those don't take any notice of which partition scheme or file system a drive uses, or even if the drive is formatted or not, they just do a byte for byte copy of whatever's there.
     
  14. TiVoTJung

    TiVoTJung New Member

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    Can i use DvrBARS to clone a drive thats the same size? i think my 2tb drive in my xl4 took a dump. i was going to buy a replacement off of weakness and then clone it for a back up.
     
  15. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    DvrBARS is drive-to-file (backup) or file-to-drive (restore). It doesn't do drive-to-drive copies. A truncated backup file is usually around 1.5GB for a Premiere, which you can easily fit on a $10 flash drive or burn to DVD for safe keeping. If you ever need to build another drive from the backup file it only takes a few minutes, and in the meantime you don't have a 2TB drive sitting around doing nothing.

    I already have an image of a factory XL4, so let me know if you want a copy. With your own blank 2TB drive you can be back up and running for about $90.
     
  16. TiVoTJung

    TiVoTJung New Member

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    LOL i am evidently too new to send you a PM.
     

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