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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. May 19, 2011 #7601 of 10248
    tchunnui

    tchunnui New Member

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    Thank you for the reply. There were no jumpers on the drive at all and I noted there was also not one on the original drive I removed either. The cables are properly seated and the drive spins up when I have power to the tivo. I'm not sure if I need to do "intellipark" but from what I have read on here so far, it seems this drive, manufactured in March 2011, shouldn't need to have this done. I'm not sure what else to do.
     
  2. May 19, 2011 #7602 of 10248
    dwit

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    Just for the sake of discussion, how did you come to conclude your previous drive failed? Did you run the typical diagnostics; kickstarts, mfr diagnostics, etc? Just trying to determine if you had already ruled out power supply issues.

    Also, did you run any diagnostics on the new drive?

    Finally, although I never used IC for the S3 or Tivo HD, I did use it several years ago for a couple of Series 2 boxes. Have you reviewed the IC procedures. Specifically, as I recall for mine, did you get the message from the IC process that your dirve was "baked", and ready to install in the Tivo. Also, that that you have the correct IC image for your specific model?
     
  3. May 19, 2011 #7603 of 10248
    eskay

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    Yeah...I didn't think mine did either, but it did. See my msg above.
     
  4. May 19, 2011 #7604 of 10248
    tchunnui

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    The old drive did not spin at all as far as I could tell, I also took it out of the Tivo box and plugged it into the computer to test and it wasn't even recognized so I couldn't perform any diagnostics on it either. I did do diagnostic on the new drive and it was fine. I did get a confirmation from IC that the image was "baked" successfully and it was for the correct model Tivo.

    I read about the power supply issues and think that's a possibility, but if that's the case, I can't find a cheap power supply and would probably be better off just buying a refurb Premiere. I'd like to save the S3 if possible however, so that's why I'm going this route first.
     
  5. May 19, 2011 #7605 of 10248
    tchunnui

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    Thanks, I suppose I could give that a try. I had read it was only on the Caviar Green drives that were doing that and since this is a Caviar Blue, I didn't think it needed it. Worth a shot anyway to see if that fixes the problem.
     
  6. May 20, 2011 #7606 of 10248
    Alvysyngr

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  7. May 20, 2011 #7607 of 10248
    bakem84

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    Manufacture date of 12 Jan, 2011 on mine that needed the idle update.
     
  8. May 20, 2011 #7608 of 10248
    Alvysyngr

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    How did you know you needed the idle update? Would the drive not boot up?
     
  9. May 20, 2011 #7609 of 10248
    bakem84

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    Yeah, I couldn't get past the Welcome Powering Up screen on 4 reboots. Doing the idle update got it to start right away.

    This was actually an update to an earlier post of mine. I used a WD10EURS drive, not an EARS drive.
     
  10. May 21, 2011 #7610 of 10248
    windracer

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    I decided to go ahead with the internal 1TB upgrade.

    The WD10EARS I got from Amazon today had a 25-SEP-2010 manufacture date, but I still had to use wdidle3 on it because it got stuck at "Powering Up" after I put it into my S3. I also used HDDScan to set the acoustic management to 128.

    Now, however, I'm looking at the Green Screen of Death. :eek: It's been running for just about an hour, so I'm going to leave it and see what happens.
     
  11. May 21, 2011 #7611 of 10248
    mgar

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    The drive arrived earlier this afternoon. I upgraded using winMFS with no problems. The Tivo now reports 142 hours of HD capacity.:D
     
  12. May 21, 2011 #7612 of 10248
    leiff

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    My 1.5 TB WD EARS arrived from Amazon with a Nov 2010 date. It wouldn't get past welcome screen so I did "wdidle3" and now it boots fine and reports 213 HD hours of storage. Nice!
     
  13. May 21, 2011 #7613 of 10248
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    What version software is your THD on now? When its updated to 11.0+, it should report about 157 hrs.
     
  14. May 21, 2011 #7614 of 10248
    Stuxnet

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    Congrats, and another datapoint!
     
  15. May 21, 2011 #7615 of 10248
    mgar

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    My software version is 11.0k[plus a bunch of numbers]

    By the way, I didn't do anything special to the drive. I just unpackaged it, ran winMFS, and installed it. I didn't write down the manufacture date but the sku is TSD-1000EARS SY. It came in OEM packaging.
     
  16. May 21, 2011 #7616 of 10248
    windracer

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    Whew. After almost exactly 3 hours the S3 rebooted from the GSOD and this time booted normally. 157HD hours and no more Expander. :up:
     
  17. May 22, 2011 #7617 of 10248
    leiff

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    eh? Datapoint??
     
  18. May 22, 2011 #7618 of 10248
    dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    I think 142 hrs means it wan't "supersized" during the WinMFS restore. IIRC, you can run WinMFS on it again and perform the supersize alone. (But check out the TiVo software version factor first in case that does it.)
     
  19. May 22, 2011 #7619 of 10248
    mgar

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    That makes sense. I did not use the "supersize" option. 142 hours is already more TV that I can watch. I went with 1 TB because the price was only $54 + $2.99 shipping.

    I upgraded my Series 3 a couple of years ago and it shows 143 HD hours. I did not use the "supersize" option on that drive either.
     
  20. May 22, 2011 #7620 of 10248
    Stuxnet

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    EARS mfg date vs. intellipark issues :(
     

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