1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Drive upgrades in a Premiere unit?

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

  1. Sep 7, 2010 #501 of 1486
    RichB

    RichB Oppo Beta Group

    514
    6
    Apr 2, 2003
    Massachusetts
    Yeah, I thought better of that after I posted :p

    - Rich
     
  2. Sep 8, 2010 #502 of 1486
    vulture99

    vulture99 New Member

    22
    0
    Mar 5, 2008
    PNW
    I bought a Premiere and upgraded to a 1 TB drive using comer's method. I already had an Ubuntu box and used dd to copy directly from the source drive to the destination drive. I did the upgrade right after I took the Premiere out of the shipping box. Everything went smoothly and the Premiere launched into the guided setup ok.

    FYI for anyone using Ubuntu or Debian -- if you want to use the ddrescue command you'll need to install 'gddrescue' rather than 'dd_rescue'.

    Thanks comer!
     
  3. Sep 8, 2010 #503 of 1486
    gamo62

    gamo62 Member

    498
    0
    Oct 12, 2002
    I'm a little confused. I know that WinMFS doesn't work. But I was talking about the following:

    Under Windows:
    Get Windows version of "dd" or "ddrescue"

    Create an image of your old Tivo drive: copy disk using the tools above into a file <new image>

    Increase the file size to match the size of your new disk. Important! It must not be bigger! It can be smaller, but you will likely underuse your new drive then. To increase the file size you can use included "extendFile" utility:
    extendFile.bat +<extent size>
    (! plus sign before the number is important !) where "extent size" is the number of bytes to add to the file size.
    Most likely you won't be able to extend the file upto the whole new disk in one run. If you get "Isufficient system resources for operation" error or something similar, just run multiple times with smaller numbers.

    Same as #5 above ("testLayout.bat <new image>") - should see old numbers

    Run "mfsadd.bat <new image>"

    Same as #8 above ("testLayout.bat <new image>") - should see new numbers

    Copy the updated <new image> on the new drive using tools from step #1.

    Has anyone used this method and been successful?
     
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #504 of 1486
    richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

    8,900
    4
    Jan 4, 2003
    Bits? If you mean the original directions, they can be found here...

    http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=8095021#post8095021

    Note that a couple fo folks posted about one line needing to be modified, but I'm not sure which one. Perhaps someone can clarify...or have the directions been updated?
     
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #505 of 1486
    wp746911

    wp746911 New Member

    135
    0
    Feb 18, 2005
    dunno about in windows. I followed the linux step and took me 30 minutes before I remembered the above post. At least in linux you have to run mfsadd.sh instead of mfsadd.bat- dunno about windows though.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2010 #506 of 1486
    vulture99

    vulture99 New Member

    22
    0
    Mar 5, 2008
    PNW
    I think he meant that the mediafire download links weren't working. Mediafire was down for a while yesterday.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2010 #507 of 1486
    comer

    comer New Member

    267
    0
    Aug 7, 2003
    indeed :D

    I am working on putting together a live CD with a few needed tools pre-installed. The main challenge is to create a scripted/guided setup. I recon it's done, but I need to test it in different scenarios and on different hardware (to make sure bootabe CD is compatible with most systems or at least with most systems I can lay my hands on ;))
    Every test may take just a few hours, but rounds up to full day with all else in. Don't despair, the help is coming! ...one day :D
    Meanwhile, try using a generic live cd as I described, it's not that hard, really ;)
     
  8. Sep 8, 2010 #508 of 1486
    johnfarmer55

    johnfarmer55 New Member

    19
    0
    Mar 24, 2009
    Ok, sorry for the dumb questions but I'm having a helluva time installing java. I'm using the Ubuntu CD live. I try installing it runnind this:

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo ./jre-6u21-linux-i586-rpm.bin

    and I get this every time:

    inflating: jre-6u21-linux-i586.rpm
    ./jre-6u21-linux-i586-rpm.bin: 160: rpm: not found


    What am I doing wrong?
     
  9. Sep 8, 2010 #509 of 1486
    johnfarmer55

    johnfarmer55 New Member

    19
    0
    Mar 24, 2009
    I'm a dumbass! Sorry I just realize that's for the Redhad Package Manager... D'oh!

    EDIT: My real confusion seems to be getting Java in the PATH. Any hints?
     
  10. Sep 8, 2010 #510 of 1486
    rdangel

    rdangel Member

    123
    0
    Sep 3, 2002
    I just received my new premier unit. I have not even taken it out of the box yet, so I was wondering if Comer or anyone needed me to try the upgrade on a non-booted/virgin box. I have a 1TB WD10EADS Caviar Green drive to use, will this drive be ok? I'd rather not have to order another drive. I have a 1TB in my Series 3 which is just fine by me so I dont really need the 2TB size
     
  11. Sep 8, 2010 #511 of 1486
    KenVa

    KenVa Member

    69
    1
    Aug 31, 2005
    Comer any new developments on how to get the remaining space that was made available to the S3's with supersize? I just keep wondering if I'm going to have to redo my copy from the original disk when it does come out.

    Thanks again for you work
     
  12. Sep 8, 2010 #512 of 1486
    johnfarmer55

    johnfarmer55 New Member

    19
    0
    Mar 24, 2009
    So I need a C++ compiler to install ddrescue? Man, I'm going to have to learn a lot of linux before I'm done!!
     
  13. Sep 8, 2010 #513 of 1486
    vulture99

    vulture99 New Member

    22
    0
    Mar 5, 2008
    PNW
    I just did this with a 1TB drive on a new Premiere. See http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=8124486#post8124486
     
  14. Sep 8, 2010 #514 of 1486
    vulture99

    vulture99 New Member

    22
    0
    Mar 5, 2008
    PNW
    What Linux distribution are you using? You should just be able to use your package manager to install ddrescue (or gddrescue), and it will automatically install any dependencies.
     
  15. Sep 8, 2010 #515 of 1486
    johnfarmer55

    johnfarmer55 New Member

    19
    0
    Mar 24, 2009
    The latest Ubuntu... I just figured out to install the g++ package included in the CD and that did it. I installed ddrescue with it and I'm now running it. I imagine it'll be done in a few hours (fingers crossed) and hopefully I'll have my 2Tb TiVo by tonight! :D
     
  16. Sep 8, 2010 #516 of 1486
    comer

    comer New Member

    267
    0
    Aug 7, 2003
    No problem :)

    No, no progress. Bootable CD keeps me occupied. The second on my list is "real resize", because the thought that drives >2T will soon come out kinda bothers me. To be able to use those drives in Tivo, we will need to run a "real resize" and "jmfsadd" to expand up to 2T and then onto remaining space (2 resize/expand operations).
    So "supersize" is 3rd :) I think it is not a real problem for now, because it only adds about 10% and we should be able to do it at any time later as far as I understand.
     
  17. Sep 8, 2010 #517 of 1486
    kturcotte

    kturcotte New Member

    1,159
    0
    Dec 8, 2002
    Portland, ME
    Can the Premiere even address a hard drive larger than 2 TB? I thought that was the limit?
     
  18. Sep 8, 2010 #518 of 1486
    comer

    comer New Member

    267
    0
    Aug 7, 2003
    To my current knowledge - per partition (I though it was per disk too).
    So expanding using 1 partition - either existing or an additional one is not an option. Also, it appears that Tivo does not like more than 1 additional partition - therefore the only solution I see is to use existing and a new partition, each being up to 2T. Using existing - means really resizing it.
    There is, of course, an option to delete one existing media partition and then create 2 new ones - with combined size of a new drive, but that would lose all recodings on it and we don't want that, do we? :D
     
  19. Sep 8, 2010 #519 of 1486
    johnfarmer55

    johnfarmer55 New Member

    19
    0
    Mar 24, 2009
    Hey Comer, How long did it take ddrescue to copy a virgin TP drive over to the 2Tb drive? Right now I'm at about 2 hrs and it still at ~315gb... is that normal? Yeah, I know... I'm impatient.
     
  20. Sep 8, 2010 #520 of 1486
    EdH

    EdH New Member

    244
    0
    Oct 21, 2000
    Stamford,...
    You must be nearly done. Hang in.

    But something doesn't seem right. My TP drive was about 280gb and it was not quite virgin. So ~315gb seems too high.

    Ed
     

Share This Page