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Drive died, need help!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by sAe23, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. sAe23

    sAe23 New Member

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    I was having a brain fart trying to use MFSLive.
    I thought Linux was stalled but it was done and waiting for input.
    At the moment I am waiting for the Tivo to finish getting the program info (I've already done the clear/delete phase). It's at 36% as I type...
    The restore was done w/ a 1GB swap and the -xzpi switch, but it did NOT "add" the extra volume (as viewed in WINmfs).
    IF it finishes the guided setup I will then use WINmfs to do the add (but not the supersize for now).
    I used the 652m.bak file, and I had to disable the timer with wdidle3.

    I will update this when I have results.
    Thanks.
     
  2. sAe23

    sAe23 New Member

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    Actually, since I've had such bad luck with Winmfs, does anyone know the MFSLive add switches ?
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Instead of

    -xzpi

    you should only use

    -pi

    and after it finishes the copying or the restoring, enter

    mfsinfo /dev/hdx

    or

    mfsinfo /dev/sdx


    depending on whether it's an IDE/PATA drive (h) or a SATA drive (s), with x being a, b, c, or whatever depending on how the drive is attached.

    If you don't get a partition map and some other stuff, then the operation failed.


    Once you know everything's okay, you can do the expansion with

    mfsadd /dev/(h)(s)dx
     
  4. sAe23

    sAe23 New Member

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    Thanks.
    I got the 2TB working and completed the guided setup. All seems well!
    Now I want to do the mfsadd, BUT, I want to do a backup first and I only have one partition on my boot drive and it's NTFS.
    I'm getting the "permission denied" error.
    Is there a work around that doesn't require a reformat (or spare HDD or thumbdrive)?
     
  5. sAe23

    sAe23 New Member

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    So I just did the mfsadd w/o having a backup (eeek!).
    But I had to use the -x switch to get it to work (mfsadd -x /dev/sda)
    It increased from 174 standard hours to 2378...

    Fingers are crossed.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    You could use the free version of Parted Magic available on the Ultimate Boot CD to shrink your NT partition and then create a FAT32 partition in the freed-up space.

    By the time I ran into the problem of being able to mount NT partitions but not write to them I'd pretty much switched over to WinMFS for everything, and as it happened I had at least one FAT32 partition available to write the .bak file to temporarily.

    Apparently Windows sets some sort of permission setting on NT partitions that Linux doesn't ignore.

    But if there's a Staples nearby, I think they've got 16GB USB sticks on sale this week for $8, which would be more simple.
     
  7. sAe23

    sAe23 New Member

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    WinMFS hasn't worked for me yet so I need to be able to make a .bak file, or go through repeated guided setups, which I'd rather not do if/when this drive fails.

    Thanks for the help everyone...
     
  8. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    How exactly is WinMFS failing?

    What version of Windows are you using?
     

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