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Drive upgrades in a Premiere unit?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by jcostom, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Sep 4, 2010 #481 of 1486
    RichB

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    I just ordered a new TiVo Premiere and a 2TB drive.

    What is the best way to do an upgrade?
    Comer's procedure looks like the way to go.

    It is tough to find in this thread.

    Comer: It might work best if you started your own thread and reserved a few posts. This way the latest greatest information will be on the first page.

    Thanks for your great work.

    - Rich
     
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    RichB

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  4. Sep 4, 2010 #484 of 1486
    EdH

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    The only difference I'm aware of is that under Windows you must have enough free disk space for the new drive. IOW, if you plan on upgrading to a 2tb drive you need at least that much free space on your Windows system.

    Under Linux, you can copy the original drive directly to the new drive and expend the new drive in place. No need to copy to the Linux system first or to expand it on the Linux system drive.

    Ed
     
  5. Sep 5, 2010 #485 of 1486
    mskvarenina

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    I was about to ask the same thing. With 491 replies to this thread finding anything is nearly impossible.

    May I suggest someone create either a sticky thread or start a new one posting just the essential info.

    In the meantime is there a definitrive list of what drive(s) are recommended to do an upgrade?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2010 #486 of 1486
    kturcotte

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    I agree. A nice *STEP-BY-STEP* guide on a sticky would be nice. Also would be great if it included instructions on copying from drive to drive (Skippable if you have no intention of doing that).
     
  7. Sep 5, 2010 #487 of 1486
    mskvarenina

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    I've got 2 Series 3's which I upgraded just fine from this group. I was able to find drive recommendations, software to use and step by step instructions.

    For the Premiere, it doesn't sound as simple. Early on I heard TiVo was not recognizing hacked drives in the Premiere units but towards the end of this thread it sounds like people have done it which is why I'm looking for help.
     
  8. Sep 5, 2010 #488 of 1486
    EdH

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    The instructions are on P. 11 this thread. It's not really that complicated. Give it a try. There are people here who will help.

    I'll try to help if you have trouble and if I'm able.

    Ed
     
  9. Sep 5, 2010 #489 of 1486
    steve614

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    Not everyone formats their page view the same. There's only 10 pages in my view.

    I have a link to comer's starting post here. Or just go to post #307.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2010 #490 of 1486
    wp746911

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    but I think we could use a few more details (and the correction that you use the mfsadd.lh instead of .bat I think)
     
  11. Sep 6, 2010 #491 of 1486
    chinacat

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    I'm pretty computer savvy, but I find the directions for doing the Linux upgrade hard to follow, since I have no experience in Linux. Some more details would be enormously helpful for Linux newbies.

    Also, I want to chime in and thank Comer for his hard work cracking this riddle.
     
  12. Sep 7, 2010 #492 of 1486
    NYHeel

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    First of all, thanks for the help here and for all the help in the series 3 upgrade thread. I actually don't have a premiere but could be getting one in the near future with expandability being a big deal.

    I don't think I realized how easy it is to set the AAM setting. To be honest the hardest parts I have with these upgrades is actually booting to the CD and understanding the language being used. I generally understand this stuff conceptually but struggle with the actual commands since I don't know the language at all. As of now, from what I read I think I could make my way through from comer's posts and some of the other users' posts. But if comer's hints are accurate he may be close to creating a little more user friendly version. So we'll see.

    As far as the intellipark issue, that's a pain but i think worth it to disable since WD drives have performed pretty well according to most here. Unfortunately, I only have a laptop and an old desktop with ide drives only so I'll have to go to a friends house and disable the intellipark. Is my understanding correct that you need an actual SATA compatible computer/motherboard and can't use some kind of usb connector or ide to sata adapter?

    Again thanks for the help.
     
  13. Sep 7, 2010 #493 of 1486
    richsadams

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    As they say, that's a fact Jack. The promising news is that over on the Series3 and TiVo HD/HDXL upgrade side of the business a number of folks that have used recently manufactured WD GP drives have not had to tweak Intellipark. However, since this is new territory on the Premiere side of things, I'm not sure that's that is the case yet with WD's 2TB drives. Only time will tell.

    Let us know if/when you decide to move forward. I think you're right, in a short time Comer's work will probably be streamlined and a little more user friendly. But who's in a hurry? ;)
     
  14. Sep 7, 2010 #494 of 1486
    gamo62

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    Anyone here have success upgrading via Windows in lieu of Linux?
     
  15. Sep 7, 2010 #495 of 1486
    lessd

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    Using what tools as WinMFS will not work.
     
  16. Sep 7, 2010 #496 of 1486
    richsadams

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    That's not an option...yet.
     
  17. Sep 7, 2010 #497 of 1486
    jdoscher

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    It appears the links for the bits are no longer working. Could you please post them again? Thank you!
     
  18. Sep 7, 2010 #498 of 1486
    ckazacos

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    I joined the 2TB club. :)
     
  19. Sep 7, 2010 #499 of 1486
    RichB

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    Congratulations!

    Do you use the Unix method?

    - Rich
     
  20. Sep 7, 2010 #500 of 1486
    SullyND

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