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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Nov 13, 2009 #4021 of 10306
    mcmnky

    mcmnky New Member

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    I've had a WD15EVDS in my TiVoHD for about 2 weeks. I have no issues at all, running cool and quiet.
     
  2. Nov 14, 2009 #4022 of 10306
    lrhorer

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    Essentially correct. As with all PCs, there is a boot loader which looks for a boot image in certain specific areas of the drive and then begins loading from the area specified by the information found there. If the boot loader cannot find the boot record or the boot image - for whatever reason - the system does not boot.

    'Interesting. You might try powering up the drives without the data connector attached to see if there is a difference. The apparent seeks could be part of the drive's power-up routine. Or not.

    The two are not necessarily different, and are definitely not mutually exclusive. Really, to do any firm diagnostics, someone with a serial port installed needs to take a look at the boot output. If someone can report the contents of the system logs, it might help, as well. If the kernel is not loading at all, as I suspect, then of course the logs will be empty, but their being empty is in and of itself somewhat significant. OTOH, if the logs have anything at all in them, then the kernel is loading. The /var directory (where the logs are kept) is not mounted until after Kickstart initialization. Here is a listing of /etc/rc.d:

    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 3072 Jul 15 07:06 StageA_PreKickstart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 1024 Jul 15 07:06 StageB_PostKickstart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 3072 Jul 15 07:06 StageC_MediaInitialization
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 3072 Jul 15 07:06 StageD_PreMfs
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 1024 Jul 15 07:06 StageE_PreApplication
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 1024 Jul 15 07:06 StageF_ApplicationLaunch
    drwxr-xr-x 2 0 0 1024 Jul 15 07:06 StageG_PostApplication
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 0 0 1510 Jun 30 19:20 rc.arch
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 0 0 3463 Jun 30 19:20 rc.sysinit
    -r-xr-xr-x 1 0 0 207 Jul 20 2008 rc.sysinit.author

    The files in StageA_PreKickstart are run first, then those in StageB_PostKickstart. The second file to be run there is rc.Sequence_100.MountVar.sh whose contents are:

    bash-2.02# cat rc.Sequence_100.MountVar.sh
    ##############################################################################
    #
    # File: rc.MountAndCleanupVar.sh
    #
    # Description: Stage B system startup script fragment
    # Prepare /var for mounting and mount it.
    # Note that if rc.CleanupVar.sh finds /var too full,
    # it may unmount, rebuild it, and remount it!
    #
    # Environment:
    #
    # Copyright (c) 2003 TiVo Inc.
    #
    #############################################################################

    echo "Cleanup $varpartition pass 1"
    if /sbin/e2fsck -p $varpartition ; then
    echo "$varpartition is clean"
    else
    echo "Cleanup $varpartition pass 2"
    if /sbin/e2fsck -p $varpartition ; then
    echo "$varpartition is clean after pass 2"
    else
    echo "Can't clean $varpartition - rebuilding"
    /sbin/mke2fs -c $varpartition
    fi
    fi

    echo "Mounting /var"
    mount -v -n /var

    # We set TMK_LOGMIN earlier to keep messages from flooding the console
    # before syslogd had been started. Restore or unset it here,
    # depending on whether there was a previous value (should we unset it
    # right before/after we start syslogd?).
    if [ "$TMK_LOGMIN_PREV" != "" ]
    then
    export TMK_LOGMIN="$TMK_LOGMIN_PREV"
    unset TMK_LOGMIN_PREV
    else
    unset TMK_LOGMIN
    fi
     
  3. Nov 14, 2009 #4023 of 10306
    richsadams

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    Wow! Great feedback, but you had me at "essentially"...or maybe lost me there. Between you and MPSAN I'm pretty much out of my league now. I admit I only know just enough to be dangerous. I'd have to reach back to my Linux server days/knowledge to try and determine exactly what might be happening and since the drives I mentioned are doing well as backups now I don't think I'll tinker with them...although it's tempting. Perhaps some others are willing to contribute? Still not sure what it'll get us, but I'm still curious as to what it is that's causing the newer WD drives to not function like their older siblings...and what about them is different than some of the other brands that continue to work such as Hitachi, Seagate, etc.? :confused: That'll keep me occupied until something else shiny comes along. ;)
     
  4. Nov 14, 2009 #4024 of 10306
    eaayoung

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    I was just about ready to give up on installing a new WD 1TB drive in my S3 since I could not get MinMFS to find the destination drive. Tried to access the drive several time as suggested without success. Ran MinMFS via administrator as well. Finally got it to work by writing zeros (via WD format program & the Quick version) over the new drive. I guess I shouldn't have used it in my computer for the past week to see if it would fail! Maybe a Windows 7 issue.

    Anyway, MinMFS is preparing the new drive.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  5. Nov 15, 2009 #4025 of 10306
    eaayoung

    eaayoung New Member

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    Done!

    My S3 is now showing 143HD hours available. Everything seems to be as it should with all of my shows, Season Passes, deleted shows, suggestions preserved. And no soft-boot issues noted with the WD10EVDS. Start to finish, this project took around 4 hours.

    WinMFS works as advertised. Although the problem I had finding the destination drive was a bit of headache and had me stump for a good 30-45 minutes. And the part in the instructions regarding expanding the drive threw me a curve since I thought the process would be completed after Mfscopy was completed. Note for anyone upgrading your drive: Between steps 15 and 16, plan on an hour as WinMFS expands your drive!

    If you have both a Tuning Adapter and external drive installed, and your having problems with the Tuning Adapter, consider dumping the external drive. My Tuning Adapter got to the point were it was rebooting weekly and sometimes even daily. Until the case on the MyDVR expander drive took its last breath and died (and even the actually drive inside the case), I couldn't determine what was causing problems. I figured it was just the crappy Tuning Adapter technology. Once I divorced the drive from the S3, everything started to work as designed. Replacing the internal drive may be the way to go if you have a Tuning Adapter.

    To all who made this possible, thank you so much! And especially to Rich for his constant vigilance of this thread and his kind words of encouragement and support!
     
  6. Nov 15, 2009 #4026 of 10306
    jonra

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    Done too!

    I upgraded to the WD10EVDS yesterday afternoon. I had to temporarily disconnect the CDROM & esata plugs so I could plug in the two drives & maintain my boot drive. Careful if you have a mirror & don't unplug on of the two mirrored hard drives. Your software will take over and start writing to your new larger TIVO drive. That happened to me and I had to reformat the WD10EVDS and start over. It took longer to do. Other that that everything worked great! Next time it'll take no longer than two hours.

    This WD10EVDS is amazing. It is incredibly cool, unbelievably quiet, & very efficient. I turned on supersize & I now have 157 HD hours. I was able to copy all my settings and about 15 hours of HD & all my SD recordings from my original factory hard drive.

    Next week I will I will disconnect MyDVR expander from my other TIVO HD and also upgrade it to the WD10EVDS. My other factory TivoHD sounds like a freight train compared to the TIVO HD with the WD10EVDS.

    Also thanks to Rich & everyone here. Great Forum!
     
  7. Nov 15, 2009 #4027 of 10306
    eaayoung

    eaayoung New Member

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    I thought I turned on Super size??? But mine is reporting only 143 hours. I must not have actually turned it on. Maybe (keeping my fingers crossed) it's the software on the TIVO. I couldn't update the software via my network after the upgrade. Beats 35 hours I had via the original 250 gig drive.

    Another job for another day!
     
  8. Nov 15, 2009 #4028 of 10306
    bowlingblogger

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    The same thing happened to me when I originally tried WinMFS with my WD10EVVS. I know I selected SuperSize, but when I put it in the Tivo it only reported 143 hours. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I took the drive out and hooked it up to my computer again and enabled SuperSize again and then it reported 157 hours in my Tivo. You can do the same thing and it shouldn't change any settings or recordings you've added since doing the upgrade.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2009 #4029 of 10306
    bkdtv

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    You have to follow the instructions carefully. If you skip the File -> Select Drive in step #16 (yes, you have to do it a second time), then MfsSupersize won't work.
     
  10. Nov 15, 2009 #4030 of 10306
    bowlingblogger

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    I'll bet that's what I did!
     
  11. Nov 15, 2009 #4031 of 10306
    eaayoung

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    Do I have to install both drives in the computer to turn on WinMFS Supersize? Or can this be accomplished by installing only my new replacement drive in the computer?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  12. Nov 15, 2009 #4032 of 10306
    ajayabb

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    You just need to attach the upgraded drive
     
  13. Nov 15, 2009 #4033 of 10306
    richsadams

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    Excellent to hear that everyone is doing well and welcome to the "Big Boys Club". :)
     
  14. Nov 16, 2009 #4034 of 10306
    Len McRiddles

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    Helped a friend biggie size his 2 HD's this weekend with WD10EVDS drives. Went very well without a single hitch.
     
  15. Nov 16, 2009 #4035 of 10306
    tom-el

    tom-el New Member

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    I've been reading through this thread for a couple of days now (so much info), as I've been trying to solve a freezing problem with my TiVoHD. I blessed my first S1 in 2000 with second/larger hard drive and network, several more since. In June, 2008 I bought this TiVoHD and pulled the 160gb drive for a Seagate barracuda ST31000340AS. It worked perfectly until recently when it developed a habit of freezing in mid-playback. It then waits about 15 seconds and goes to the power up screen and freezes there permanently until a hard reboot. This happens at the same spot in any corrupted recording every time. If I skip the bad spot it plays the remainder.

    I picked up a 1tb WD Caviar drive at BB. It's a WD10000CSRTL (on the box), aka WD10EADS (on the drive). I thought it would be a good quiet, low heat choice until I started reading this thread.

    First, I decided to do a test on the old drive. Hooked up the drive to the computer I use for tests by way of internal sata. Ran WD's DLG test program on the Seagate and it failed the quick test with a consistent "electrical error", the read test freezes at the same block every time. Locked up the hardware, consistently had to kill the task -- explains why the TiVo freezes. Problem identified, drive went south.

    I tried the WD10EADS with a backup from the Seagate -- it went right in, but then it rebooted in the middle of going through its intro dance. It went to the powering up screen, and then it went GSOD. Tried it a couple of times (reloading the image each time) and got nowhere. I restored it from the original 160gb drive image, went through guided setup, FIOS cable card worked automatically, loaded lineups, and is up and running for about 12 hours now. Soft reset 3 times with no problems. Looks ok so far, but a week from now I'll feel better. It is cool and quiet, though....

    One thing -- I turned on supersize and it showed 144 HD/1367 SD hours (expected 157/1367?), so I pulled the drive, reran supersize (WinMFS being careful to select the drive, etc. and still 144/1367. The SD number seems larger, but the HD number...?

    BTW -- I used two WD drives to upgrade two S1's back when hard drives were more costly and had longer warranties. Both drives worked perfectly until 2-4 months after the warranty (3 years) expired. They failed within 6 weeks of each other....

    Thanks for all the info, software, and help that comes from this forum/thread.


    Thanks again,
    tom-el
     
  16. Nov 16, 2009 #4036 of 10306
    richsadams

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    Welcome to the forum and glad to hear things are back to normal again. I wasn't clear if Supersizing worked or not...you should have 157 HD hours. If not, you can run it again without risking any recordings or settings.

    Enjoy!
     
  17. Nov 17, 2009 #4037 of 10306
    tom-el

    tom-el New Member

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    Rich,

    I turned on Supersize when I restored the drive. Back in the TiVo it said 144/1367. I thought it hadn't taken so I put the drive back in the PC and did it again. WinMFS said Supersize was already on. What I didn't try was to shut it off and turn it back on.

    Just a little puzzling....
     
  18. Nov 17, 2009 #4038 of 10306
    lew

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  19. Nov 17, 2009 #4039 of 10306
    Fortynine

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    I purchased the 1 TB Western Digital WD10EVDS as a replacement drive for the original 250GB drive in my Series 3. I went through the installation process using WinMFS to preserve both the settings and recordings on the original Tivo drive. However, when I put everything back together and started up the Tivo all that came up was the 'Welcome - Powering Up' screen on which the unit remained fixated on.

    Any clues as to what may be wrong or a work around for this problem?
     
  20. Nov 17, 2009 #4040 of 10306
    flatcurve

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    Did you run diagnostics on your original drive to make sure that it didn't have any problems?
     

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