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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Apr 2, 2010 #5461 of 10248
    Phantom Gremlin

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    I for one am very thankful for the generosity of the "hacking" (used in the original non-pejorative sense) community.

    I just used WinMFS to upgrade 3 boxes. Cost was 3 x $90 instead of 3 x $239. Big difference. Much thanks to DVRupgrade and weaKnees for sponsoring Tivo Community. But ouch! We're talking big bucks.

    And I also avoided dvr_dude on fleabay. At least the sponsors give back some of their profits to help run this site.
     
  2. Apr 2, 2010 #5462 of 10248
    richsadams

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    That's really odd. v11.0g must have downloaded and installed last night on our Series3. I didn't run through all of the channels, but everything appears to be normal. Might be worth having an exorcist pay your home a visit me thinks. :p IIRC Phantom is also on FIOS...wonder how his TiVo's are doing?

    Our new Premiere XL just arrived. Now I need to find the time to get it up and running...weeeeee! :D
     
  3. Apr 2, 2010 #5463 of 10248
    Phantom Gremlin

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    Your concerns are outdated. The Mac installation notes on the hosting site now say:

    Intel Platform tivodecode binary

    * The Mac OSX tools package contains mostly "universal" binaries, however tivodecode was compiled on PPC platform. Thus if you are on Intel platform and would like to have an Intel binary of tivodecode you can download it from here. Replace the files in the standard installation with those in this file.

    NOTE: For example if while running tivodecode on Snow Leopard OS on Intel platform and it keeps prompting you to install rosetta in order to run tivodecode, installing the above would prevent that from happening and would not necessitate installing rosetta.

    In fact, even the above instructions might be outdated. I recently installed kmttg and on its first startup it asked for permission to download the Mac files as needed. I assume it got the right ones. And if it didn't, it should be easy enough to download yourself. I've also compiled tivodecode myself (for when I was downloading through the TiVo's built in web server) and it's not hard to do.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2010 #5464 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    NO, you need the time to add a 2TB drive. You know, real geeks would do that before you even power it up for the first time!
     
  5. Apr 2, 2010 #5465 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Thanks for that...good info! I don't transfer that many recordings so I haven't been keeping up to date. Good to know because I really like KMTTG. Thanks again! :up:
     
  6. Apr 2, 2010 #5466 of 10248
    richsadams

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    So I've been busted to Amateur Geek eh? :( :D
     
  7. Apr 2, 2010 #5467 of 10248
    greg_burns

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    Over in the Software Version 11.0f thread...

     
  8. Apr 2, 2010 #5468 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Yep, dlfl just pointed me to the update reasoning as well. I gotta pay more attention! :p (Probably got distracted waiting for our new Premiere XL to show up...which it just did, woo hoo!) Thanks for that! :up:
     
  9. Apr 2, 2010 #5469 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    I will have to look at KMTTG.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2010 #5470 of 10248
    chrishicks

    chrishicks Tivo Junkie

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    I'm anxiously awaiting for someone to come up with an image to use a 2TB drive in an S3...
     
  11. Apr 2, 2010 #5471 of 10248
    Mr. Broflovski

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    Unfortunately the method I used to create the 'hybrid' image is not portable to the S3 platform. However, one could theoretically create an S3 image for use with larger drives using published methods/tools.

    It would not be the most trivial task, and would require a bit of hardware&software hacking to accomplish, but should be completely doable.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2010 #5472 of 10248
    greg_burns

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    I believe Rich, with his new Premiere, now has an old S3 just lying around. ;)
     
  13. Apr 2, 2010 #5473 of 10248
    richsadams

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    D'oh! Actually I sold our TiVo HD and kept the S3...maybe just for old time's sake. The performance of the new TiVo may have an impact on my sentimentality though. ;)
     
  14. Apr 3, 2010 #5474 of 10248
    moxie1617

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    Another violation and you have to turn in your pocket protector and slide rule.:D
     
  15. Apr 3, 2010 #5475 of 10248
    chipbandit

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    i replaced my tivo series 3 drive with a 1 tb wd and i ran widdle on it at the time but my tivo has failed to boot on a couple of soft reboots it always works if i unplug and plug it back in so maybe widdle did not work. my question do i have to copy everything off the drive or can i just run widdle and put the drive back into my tivo with out loosing anything as i don't have a drive big enough to copy everything on the tivo drive right now.

    so i am hoping that i can just pull the 1tb drive from the tivo run widdle on it again and than reinstall it and have everything working?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2010 #5476 of 10248
    emerz

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    Wdidle3 is "non-destructive". You can run it on a partially filled drive with no ill effect.

    Running "wdidle3 /S300" as recommended on this FAQ worked well for me. Several soft reboots with no issues.

    When you run wdidle3 be sure to watch the output from the command. It will report the value of the idle timer in minutes.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2010 #5477 of 10248
    tincan

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    Special thanks to Mr. Broflovski for his >1TB TiVo HD image. Last night I used it to upgrade a used THD with a 2TB Hitachi Deskstar (HD32000IDK7/7K / HDS722020ALA330). The box now reports 318/2777 hours. :)
     
  18. Apr 3, 2010 #5478 of 10248
    dlfl

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    Just noticed a lot of us, including me, have been writing "widdle" instead of the correct spelling: "wdidle". (wd + idle ........ makes sense.)

    Just a minor point but something that affects results when you search the thread for "widdle", er.. I mean "wdidle". ;)
     
  19. Apr 3, 2010 #5479 of 10248
    MPSAN

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    I am just now merging the 3 parts. This sounds great!
     
  20. Apr 3, 2010 #5480 of 10248
    ayman86

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    i searched for this but couldnt find any info.

    im in winmfs. i select the tivo drive. but when i try to back it up, i get this "not a tivo drive. backup failed".

    its a western digital wd1600avvs (from a tivohd).

    i using win7 64bit and using a esata docking station

    could it be the docking station? the computer sees the hdd

    edit: could it be my bios settings?

    edit2: i even tried plugging the hard drive directly to the motherboard. same thing. i mean the hdd works fine in my tivo (it was a unused refurb from tivo themselves. according to the ebay seller. and when i activated the tivo, the csr said it has never been activated. so its right.). what could be the problem?

    edit3: i just put the hdd back and right as i turned it on it was doing a software update (11.0g). maybe that is whats causing it? ill try it out after the MSU game
     

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