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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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

  1. Dec 4, 2012 #9201 of 10248
    ac3dd

    ac3dd New Member

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    There still exists shops that will go as far as replacing capacitors? These days in America everybody just replaces entire components, I have no idea who can and will do something as specific as replacing this.

    MFScopy is running overnight.
     
  2. Dec 4, 2012 #9202 of 10248
    unitron

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    Checked the yellow pages?
     
  3. Dec 4, 2012 #9203 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    Repair shops exist in the area, the question is which will do this type of repair and do it right and do it cheaper than buying a new power supply. The ones I know about will only do stuff I can do myself, like replace entire components and reinstall software.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2012 #9204 of 10248
    unitron

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    You really want to spend that $100 (on what may be new old stock with the same bogus capacitors waiting to go bad), don't you?

    What is your geographical location?
     
  5. Dec 5, 2012 #9205 of 10248
    AndyJC

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    I now have 287 hours of HD recording on my HD. :)

    I'll post up my process and setup in case it helps anyone else.

    I was using a laptop so I bought two Vantec SATA/IDE USB 2.0 adapters. I bought the WD 20EURS.

    I went straight to JMFS to copy the original 160GB drive to the new 2tb drive. Both drives were plugged into the laptop via usb using the Vantec adapters. Copying took about 3.5 hours. Once completed I used JMFS to expand.

    I tried to use winmfs to supersize, but it still wouldn't recognize the drive, so I skipped that step. Going from 20 to 287 is a good enough upgrade for me. I installed the new drive in the Tivo and so far so good.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2012 #9206 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    I don't want to spend anything. Once the hard drive is ready, I'm sticking it back into the TiVo, and if I don't see any more rebooting problems, I'm leaving it as is. Then maybe sometime over the next few months I'll try to learn the soldering technique with a discarded motherboard or something, just in case the TiVo starts acting up again.

    Check your PM. EDIT: The system says you need to delete some PMs before you can accept more messages.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2012 #9207 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    MFScopy is done, and it asked if I wanted to expand. I chose Yes, then chose No on the next question about limiting the partition to 1TB. Now the partition map shows only 15 partitions, with no Apple_free, and the last partition is 1.1TB.

    Now I'll put it back into the TiVo and see what happens ....
     
  8. Dec 5, 2012 #9208 of 10248
    unitron

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    Good luck with that and I look forward to finding out how it went, but ain't a hard drive in the world can cure a bad capacitor and you've got a bad capacitor.


    (cleaned out some PM space, although I'm also emailable)
     
  9. Dec 5, 2012 #9209 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    It took an unusually long time to boot up, but now the system info shows "up to 215 HD hours" and it seems to be handling live TV OK and all my recorded shows appear to be there. But that's only after a few minutes of observation. When I get home this evening I'll use it for an extended time.

    What happens if it doesn't recognize the full 1.1TB of the last partition? Will it crap out when it starts writing more than 1TB of data in that partition? Or will it peacefully stop at 1TB?

    Of course a hard drive won't cure a bad capacitor, but if the hard drive was the cause of my rebooting problems and it functions OK with the new drive and same old bad capacitor, that buys me some time to learn to solder or find a competent and cheap-enough local repair shop if it exists or accumulate more funds towards buying a replacement power supply.
     
  10. Dec 5, 2012 #9210 of 10248
    AndyJC

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    After reading all this talk about partitions, I'm a little worried that JMFS expanded my drive with partitions larger than 1 TB.

    The drive doesn't show up in winMFS so is there a way to see the partition map with MFSlive or JMFS?
     
  11. Dec 5, 2012 #9211 of 10248
    A J Ricaud

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    You might try RadioShack if you have one near you. I seem to recall that they advertised as being able to repair just about any electrical component. They are probably high priced, though.
     
  12. Dec 5, 2012 #9212 of 10248
    Teeps

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    Any TV repair shop or HAM radio shop/enthusiast can replace capacitors in this power supply.
    This repair should be a no brainer, for a professional, especially with the "how to" instructions available.

    ac3dd if you are near Torrance, CA; I can help.
     
  13. Dec 5, 2012 #9213 of 10248
    unitron

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    That's why I like to do S3 HDs with a 1TB middleman.

    Boot into MFS Live and then type

    pdisk -l /dev/sda


    That's a lowercase L, and that's assuming the 2TB TiVo to be drive is hooked up so that MFS Live sees it as sda.

    Otherwise, it to sdb or sdc or whatever it needs to be.

    Hit ENTER, and see if it reports an Apple Partition Map.


    The type

    poweroff

    to get the computer to shut down properly so you don't accidentally do something to screw up the drive.

    Once you give it a quasi-S4-ish or whatever bastardized partition map, stuff like MFS Live and WinMFS aren't going to know what to make of it.

    But if it boots in the TiVo, that's the important part.


    If you did your upgrade on a GigaByte brand motherboard, say so now, and we'll start trying to figure out how un-ruin things.
     
  14. Dec 5, 2012 #9214 of 10248
    Stylin

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    Is there anyone in NYC / Tri-state that can do repair/upgrades? I've got some items I can barter in exchange for labour. Pls pm.
     
  15. Dec 5, 2012 #9215 of 10248
    unitron

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    A thousand times no.

    They're a cell phone store that hasn't discontinued all the parts they once carried yet, but they're getting there, and not bothering to hire people who can tell a capacitor from a resistor.
     
  16. Dec 5, 2012 #9216 of 10248
    A J Ricaud

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    That's good to know. I will cross them off my potentials list.
     
  17. Dec 5, 2012 #9217 of 10248
    AndyJC

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    Thanks for the info... Nope it's an ASUS laptop. Everything went really smoothly, I'm just paranoid it was a little too smooth.

    I'm sending a bunch of content to it today while I'm at work to see how it performs, I'll know when I get home...
     
  18. Dec 5, 2012 #9218 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    Thanks, but I'm nowhere near there.
     
  19. Dec 5, 2012 #9219 of 10248
    AndyJC

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    So I have 14 partitions on the drive. The last one is media region 3 and yup it's 1.7T in size.

    I'm concerned this won't work in the future... is there a way to change these sizes?

    I'm not worried about losing the shows on the drive now, is there a tool that I can use to change the partition sizing?
     

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  20. Dec 6, 2012 #9220 of 10248
    ac3dd

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    So far so good ... no reboots.

    But I'm still a bit concerned about the 1.1TB partition. If it's too big for the TiVo to handle because of the 1TB limit, would it have let me know by now? Or will I only know that something is wrong when it fills up 1TB and tries to write to the last 0.1TB?
     

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