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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Oct 15, 2009 #3821 of 10248
    lew

    lew Active Member

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    Most of us are buying OEM drives, without a manual or instructions.

    There is jumper to enable (PUIS) power up in standby. Are people enabling this feature? It sounds like the kind of setting tivo might not like.

    edit to add this drive can have "issues" with VIA or SIS serial ATA controllers. I don't know what controller tivo uses. Is it possible there is a compatability issue with your PC which results in a corrupt software installation with winMFS.
    http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc...TIuMjk2JnBfY3Y9JnBfcGFnZT0x&p_li=&p_topview=1

    I don't know if this link will work. It's answer 1337 in the Knowledge Base.

    One solution is to
    I'll defer to the experts.
     
  2. Oct 15, 2009 #3822 of 10248
    vasilemj

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    I'm sure it's been stated a number of times in this thread but for the beneift of those new readers who may immediately jump to the end of this thread, I can't emphasize enough how important it is to temporarily disable your anti-virus software when using WinMFS to upgrade your TiVo drive.

    I purchased a WD10EVDS to upgrade my TiVo yesterday and I thought things had gone smoothly until I installed the drive back into the TiVo. At this point I noticed that the machine rebooted inself while powering up and after it finally came to, when I pressed the TiVo button, my menus were merely overlayed over a live video feed (no background, just text). Very strange. My TiVo backup file was about 233MB.

    When I went through the process a second time and finally turned off my anti-virus, everything worked perfectly. For what it's worth, my backup file was double the size of my initial attempt.

    Hope this helps alleviate any stress that new upgraders may experience.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2009 #3823 of 10248
    cchenning

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    The good news is that my TIVO HD now has a 1TB drive in it, it is working, and I am kinda happy! The bad news is I have a few more gray hairs from getting it to that point. :(

    As great as this site is, sometimes it’s really hard to get there from here…..

    I started my research here to figure out what drive to buy. It was a piece of cake, many, many thanks to that perennial poster RICHSADAMS!! I was able to pick up one of his recommended 1TB drives from Amazon for $95, free shipping, and I got it in 3 days.

    Now the next hurdle, how do I do the upgrade? Back to do research. Should I use Win MFS or MFS Live? Hmmmmm, do I mess with “Linux”, or do I stay safe and sound with Windows? No brainer, right? So I download Win MFS, pop open my PC and realize I don’t have enough SATA cables or power connections to run three drives at once. Maybe I can use the cable from my Tivo (no luck there!)?

    I remember reading in one of the posts, that I could use my external USB/SATA drive enclosure. That could handle one drive, all I would need is one SATA cable (for $95, you don’t get a drive w/cable from Amazon. Yea I know, that’s what OEM means.). I’m still short one SATA cable. What are my choices? Order one for $6 from ‘Cables R Us’, ask the nice IT guy at work if I can borrow one, or borrow one myself from that empty office at work with the PC sitting there doing nothing. I opt to ask the nice IT guy, it still costs be $6 (I agree to buy him lunch), but I don’t have to wait for it to be delivered (and I’ll probably never need/use it again).

    So now I am set and ready to go. I plan a night where I can stand not to watch/record any HD TV (Tivo is my only set top box for FIOS), more important, a night where my wife won’t mind sitting in the bedroom or kitchen to watch TV. After dinner, I crack open my Tivo to extract the drive (cursing the SATA/power cable), do the same to my PC and prepare to get to work. I place the good Tivo drive in the external USB enclosure, plug my loaner SATA cable into the motherboard/new drive, and connect the remaining power connector to the new drive. I am almost ready to go!!!

    I power up my PC, disable my virus software (see, I do read the instructions), and just to be safe, unplug the network cable. I plug in my 8GB USB drive (I downloaded the WinMFS.zip at work and saved it there, please don’t tell my boss!). I extracted the EXE to the USB drive and double-clicked on the extracted app, expecting it to install. It does not install, it just runs, that makes it cleaner (I thought). I see the "Tivo" drives, I read the directions (thanks again Rich), I do the truncated backup, I start the copy and why is taking so long? “ETA 53:12:23”, is that hours or days??? It must be doing something, the LED on the USB drive keeps flashing. You’ve got to be kidding me, right? This must be like other windows apps where it jumps from 53 hours to 53 minutes, then back to 53 hours, then back to 52 minutes, right? I let it run for two hours, praying, no such luck. The bottleneck must be the drive in the external enclosure? Do I let this run all night and hope it’s done in time to record David Letterman tomorrow night? There’s that “Cancel” button, do I dare click it? Once I cancel, what are my options?

    Needless to say I click “Cancel”, now what do I do, what are my options, what can I do tonight? After some hemming and hawing I decide to byte the bullet and use MFS Live, I have enough cables and power connectors. I disconnect/reconnect everything, download the CD image, create the boot CD, print out the directions from mfslive.org (thanks Spike!). I am ready to go (again).

    I disconnect my internal HD, plug in the Tivo drive and do a test boot figuring I can’t screw that up. I “use Shift-PageUp keys and look for hdc, hdd, sda and sdb device names on screen to determine where drives are mounted.”. I am good to go, I see “sda” is a 160GB drive. I shut it all down, add the new drive, boot up again, check to see that “sda” is still the 160GB drive and “sdb” is the 1TB drive, I am golden!

    I type backup -qTao - /dev/sda | restore -s 128 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/sdb , time to hit “Enter”. I really don’t want to hit it, but I finally do. Of course I got the string wrong, missing the spaces in front of “dev”. I insert the spaces and hit “Enter” again, Houston, we have lift-off!!. Wow, I am a Linux expert! Better yet, it’s going to be done in less than an hour, can it be? I might be able to record Letterman tonight!

    So I’m watching the countdown of the backup/restore and I suddenly think, What about “supersize?”. It’s already close to my bedtime, I can’t do any research as my PC is tied up in Linux. Then I thought, maybe when I’m done, I can use WinMFS to do the supersize? So the restore finishes, everything looks good! I disconnect/reconnect everything and I do a search on the forums for “super size” (do you have any idea how many posts reference super size?). I figure it’s worth a shot, let me try Win MFS, so I shutdown the PC, plug in the new 1 TB drive, and power up. I plug in my 8GB USB drive to run Win MFS, and the system responds, “Drive is not formatted, do you want to format?”

    WTF? I am beaten, my USB drive is toast, and Letterman starts in 20 minutes. I give up, grab the new drive, and head back to the pile of Tivo guts spread out on the kitchen table to the sound of “when are you coming to bed?” It’s a matter of minutes to put it all back together, and a few more to get it connected to the TV. Now the moment of truth, the TV is on, I connect the power to the Tivo, “Powering up”, “Just a Few Minutes More”, there’s Rock Hudson, CSI, TeleTubbies, I’m almost there! There’s my “Now Playing” list intact, my wife will be able to replay “Dancing with the Stars” one more time and complain about the judging! I go to Settings, and there it is, I now have 147 hours of HD recording, I guess I do need to supersize to get the extra 10 hours.
    I did not like Letterman’s monolog that night!

    How do I super size my drive now? Please don’t tell me the answer appears elsewhere……. I just wish I had the time to read all of the postings.

    Wishin' I was fishin'!
     
  4. Oct 15, 2009 #3824 of 10248
    innocentfreak

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    Just connect the upgraded drive to the PC again and select the drive under WinMFS and turn supersize on. That's it. If you have long enough cables you just need to remove the cover of the Tivo and not actually remove the drive completely.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2009 #3825 of 10248
    hearncl

    hearncl New Member

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    Over the last week I upgraded the drives of both a TiVo HD and a TiVo S3 to 1 TB, using WinMFS. As part of the process I created backups of the original drives (both 750 GB). My understanding is that these backups contain the system software, settings, season pass list, etc., but not recorded programs. I found that the backup file (*.tbk) size for the HD was 466 MB, while the backup file size for the S3 was 292 MB.

    The HD and S3 had similar settings and season pass lists. A difference is that the S3 had two cablecards and the HD a single multistream card.

    Is there an obvious reason why the S3 had a considerably smaller backup file size than the HD?
     
  6. Oct 15, 2009 #3826 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Phew! Congratulations and welcome to the club. Nice little story and much like a lot (most) of us have gone through at one time or another. It gets easier the more often you do it. Whaddya mean you'll never do it again! :eek: :D

    As Innocent mentioned, just connect your new hard drive to your PC, fire up winMFS and click on Tools > supersize (I think that's where it is...been a while now). Restart TiVo and you should be golden.

    If I had a nickel for every time my wife asked when I was coming to bed I'd be rich, rich, rich!

    BTW, thanks for the kind words but kudos and accolades go to bkdtv for capturing all of the critical info and Spike (the author of the MFS upgrade programs) for the genius that he is.

    Oh, and I consider myself more of an annual than a perennial. ;)
     
  7. Oct 16, 2009 #3827 of 10248
    lew

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    THIS ONE WORKS.

    MDL: WD10EVVS - 63M5B0
    Product of Thailand
    DATE: 13 AUG 2009
    DCM: HARCNV2CHB
    R/N: 701640
    LBA: 1953525168
     
  8. Oct 16, 2009 #3828 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Thanks for that. Looks like the Sept 20 manufacture date is crucial (perhaps after that? :confused: ).
     
  9. Oct 16, 2009 #3829 of 10248
    innocentfreak

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    Actually the other thing I noticed is the DCM drives that start with a D don't work, but the ones that start with a H did work including the one from Sept,2009.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2009 #3830 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Good observation. Wonder what each DCM character stands for (firmware, logic board :confused:)? I asked WD but of course that was ignored by "Pablo".

    I haven't heard anything more from WD after asking that my inquiry be "kicked upstairs". We'll see if they respond to anything else.
     
  11. Oct 16, 2009 #3831 of 10248
    hearncl

    hearncl New Member

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    But my DARCHV2MBB, Sept. 20, drive worked (post #3735).
     
  12. Oct 16, 2009 #3832 of 10248
    innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    I missed that post then or misread it when I was going through the posts.
     
  13. Oct 16, 2009 #3833 of 10248
    stuck23235

    stuck23235 New Member

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    MDL: WD10EVVS - 63M5B0
    Product of Thailand
    DATE: 21 JUL 2009
    DCM: DHNCHV2MAB
    R/N: 701640
    LBA: 1953525168

    It looks like mine is just some bad sectors as I have not seen a reboot in a couple of days with the original drive. It worked ok for almost 1 month. I was up over 400 GB with a few games recorded and that is when the fun started.
     
  14. Oct 16, 2009 #3834 of 10248
    wgw

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    I've been waiting since July for the wd15evds. About 2 months ago I ordered it from provantage for about $145, but it never shipped. I cancelled that order last week when I saw that they reduced the price to $130. This morning, I almost reordered from provantage for $130, but then I saw that Beachaudio.com had 60 wd15evds in stock as of 10/15, so I reordered my 2 drives from beachaudio. Apparently no one else has ordered it in the past 12 hours. There are still 58 left. I just talked to them a few minutes ago and they said my drives already shipped. The price at beachaudio is currently $142.99 and they have free shipping.
     
  15. Oct 16, 2009 #3835 of 10248
    DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Unless TiVo has changed the model of HD they use as of Sept 20...

    On the other hand, if TiVo does use this "newer" HD, wouldn't it be possible that they could modify their code (OS or PROM) to work with the newer, apparently different, WD10EVVSWD? Of course end users wouldn't see this until TiVo's stock of the pre-Sept 20 drives runs low.

    It would be great, although unlikely, if anyone could verify that the stock TiVo has the WD10EVVS with a drive manufacture date of Sept. 20 or later, and the TiVo software version. Is there an easy way to determine the PROM version?
     
  16. Oct 16, 2009 #3836 of 10248
    MitchV

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    FWIW, I recently ordered an EVVS from Buy.com earlier in the week. The drive I received is as follows:

    MDL: WD10EVVS - 63M5B0
    Product of Thailand
    DATE: 19 SEP 2009
    DCM: HBNCNV2MGB
    R/N: 701640
    LBA: 1953525168

    This seems to have beaten the SEPT 20 date by a single day... the site says they still have stock.

    Does it sound like this version of the drive will work? I haven't upgraded my TiVo and probably won't upgrade for a while, so unfortunately I can't report success or failure.

    Thanks!
     
  17. Oct 17, 2009 #3837 of 10248
    Wetsprocket625

    Wetsprocket625 TiVo Newb

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    I also received one from buy.com yesterday Sep 19 DCM DANCHV2MAB EVVS. So far it seems to be working good. Used WinMFS copy. TivoHD
     
  18. Oct 17, 2009 #3838 of 10248
    CraigK

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    I ordered a WD10EVDS and tried WinMFS on my TiVo HD tonight using the SATA>USB cable.

    Quite a different result from last weekend's attempt with the EVVS.


    Before...

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    After...

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    Thanks to everyone here for the help especially bkdtv for the FAQ and or course spike for WinMFS.
     
  19. Oct 18, 2009 #3839 of 10248
    roytwo

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    Well couldn't get my WD10EVVS to work so ordered a Seagate Pipeline from provantage and went that direction.

    Got a :

    ST31000322CS
    P/N9GW134-305
    Firmware SC13
    Date Code 10073
    Site Code TK

    Turned off the AV, hooked up with a USB connection 30 min later powered up my S3 . 55 seconds at the stand By..Powering Up screen and success.

    So my procedure was sound but the WD10EVVS just wouldn't take. Buyer beware.
     
  20. Oct 18, 2009 #3840 of 10248
    bkdtv

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    For now, I think it's best to avoid the Western Digital WD10EVVS. Many of those drives manufactured on/after September 20 don't appear to be compatible with the TiVo.

    If you've already received a WD10EVVS with a manufacture date prior to Sept 20, you should be fine.

    I've linked several vendors for the WD10EVDS and Seagate ST31000322CS in the first post.
     

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