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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Jul 26, 2010 #6181 of 10306
    richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    Thanks for the kind words and sorry to hear about the problems with your eSATA drive. It sounds like you've got all of the bases covered, but have a look at this post to see if anything else helps...

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7553444#post7553444
     
  2. Jul 27, 2010 #6182 of 10306
    rich111

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    I am ready to replace my 500GB previously upgraded drive with a 1TB WD10EARS that I have done the wdidle3 thing on, and set AAM to 128. I want to copy about 50 hours of HD material from one drive to the other, and will be using external esata to usb on the 2 drives. Any estimates how long this will take? Thanks.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2010 #6183 of 10306
    mellenfan

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    Is there a diy way to upgrade a series 4?
     
  4. Jul 27, 2010 #6184 of 10306
    richsadams

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    Not using winMFS so far. IIRC there's someone on eBay selling Pre-imaged 2TB drives for the Premiere.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 #6185 of 10306
    ThreeSoFar

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    But does the Linux mfs backup works on S4? If so, then, YES there is a way.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 #6186 of 10306
    kemac

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    No the old mfs tools do not work, S4 contain an extra partition plus some other differences in how the data on the drive is treated. Hopefully some new/updated tools will be available to the public at some point.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2010 #6187 of 10306
    jeepguy_1980

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    I have had a few problems with my TiVo and want to try upgrading the HDD to see if that is my problem. Is there any way to go from my 1.o TB to a 1.5 TB and keep my recordings?
     
  8. Jul 28, 2010 #6188 of 10306
    rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    Not using the entire 1.5TB - check the sticky. I think you can go up to 1.2 something. Not worth the effort if you ask me.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2010 #6189 of 10306
    jeepguy_1980

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    It says I can go to 1.35. Since I have to replace my HDD anyways, I might as well get the biggest I can. But if I can't keep the recordings on my 1.0, I'd rather just buy another 1.0 HDD.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2010 #6190 of 10306
    MikeAndrews

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    Use any of the MFS utilities to format the new drive and copy your existing content. You'll only get another 250GB or so of increased space.

    If you have an original Series 3 you can add the drive externally.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2010 #6191 of 10306
    haidawei

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    I am trying to upgrade my THD with a WD10EARS, but I am running into difficulties. I know that I have to run wdidle3.exe to make the drive compatible with Tivo, but that is my problem. I cannot get wdidle3 to run. I have the new drive connected to one of the SATA ports on my XP machine. I first made a CD of the ISO file that is found in the FAQ. I boot the machine, the light for the CD-ROM flashes, but then the machine boots to XP. Then decided to extract the files and make another CD. This CD has the following files on it: wdidle3.exe, autorun.bat and a folder named isolinux. I put that CD in and rebooted. The same thing happened and the machine booted to XP. My last resort was to put the above files on a USB drive and try and get the machine to boot to the USB. Once again, the machine boots to XP. I am obviously missing something basic, but I am at a loss. Can someone please explain the steps necessary to get the WD10EARS to run wdidle3 so that I can continue with the upgrade. Thank you.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2010 #6192 of 10306
    jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Unregistered User

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    I already have to replace my internal drive so I'm really just debating a 1TB or 1.5 TB internal HDD. I'm not a fan of external drives for my TiVo. I will buy a 1 TB HDD if I cant keep my recordings by upgrading to 1.5 TB. Otherwise, I want the biggest I can use with my TiVo.

    According to bkdtv I cant use WinMFS, which is why I am concerned I might not be able to keep my recordings.


     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 #6193 of 10306
    MikeAndrews

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    You have to go into the PC Setup and change the boot device order to put the CD ahead of the hard disk. When you see the "Press F12 (or whatever) for setup, press the key. If you don't get a message, try holding F12, or F10, or ESC.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2010 #6194 of 10306
    haidawei

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    Yes, I did do that. The CD is the first priority and then the hard disks are the2nd and 3rd in the list. The CD-ROM flashes like it wants to do something but then Windows (hard disk) takes over. I have gone so far as to take out the hard disk with Windows and only have my new drive connected. But, this does not work either. The CD-ROM flashes and then I get an error message.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2010 #6195 of 10306
    ThAbtO

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    Sounds like you didn't make a boot-able CD.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2010 #6196 of 10306
    MPSAN

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    Yes, I assume you got the .iso OK, but how did you burn the iso to the CD? Did you use the free imgburn software? As said, you need to be sure that you created a bootable CD. I ask as the files you show seem correct, but the image burning software needs to make it a bootable CD. That should be taken care of with the .iso.

    You can try burning again as you may just have a bad CD that will not boot.. Which iso file did you download? I burn mine to cdrw so I can just erase them and try again. When you tried to boot the CD was there any message on the screen or did it just go to XP? Why it would try to burn a new CD is strange.
     
  17. Jul 28, 2010 #6197 of 10306
    haidawei

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    That was it. I was not using the imgburn software. I was burning the ISO with another program. I went back and made another CD with the imgburn software and it worked immediately. I knew that I was missing something easy and I appreciate you pointing it out to me. I am now on my way to upgrading the THD. Thanks again.
     
  18. Jul 28, 2010 #6198 of 10306
    MPSAN

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    Glad to be able to help. Also, you may want to use the Windows version of hddscan and turn the AAM to 128. I just did two WD10EARS drives for 2 of my 3 THD's and the one in the bedroom is QUIETER than the original drive the THD came with!
     
  19. Jul 29, 2010 #6199 of 10306
    haidawei

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    Yes, per the FAQ, I used hddscan and turned the AAM to 128. I am looking forward to a quieter machine....not that the original was that loud.

    Thanks again!
     
  20. Jul 29, 2010 #6200 of 10306
    MPSAN

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    Great, let us know how it goes.
     

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