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Drive upgrades in a Premiere unit?

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

  1. Sep 27, 2010 #781 of 1486
    zordude

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    Thanks Richsadams, I actually did look but didn't see your earlier post, it wasn't even that far back :)

    I will probably do as you suggest, the price is not all that much more.

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  2. Sep 27, 2010 #782 of 1486
    richsadams

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    That was kind of my take on it. Thanks to TCF member Comer the whole process is almost turn-key. :up:

    If you find time, can you post the manufacture date of the hard drive you receive and if you had to adjust the Intellipark feature? TIA.
     
  3. Sep 27, 2010 #783 of 1486
    akaussie

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    As an FYI, the 2TB Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green Desktop Hard Drive is on sale from Amazon for $92.99
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1285601069&sr=1-1

    I ordered one from Dell over the weekend, should be here this week and I'll give Comer's process a try.
    I am hoping nothing needs to be done regarding the Intellipark. Reading past posts it sounds like it cannot changed/disabled using sata to usb connections, so I'm out of luck there. Fingers are crossed it won't be an issue. Once I've upgraded the drive, if I'm able to reboot at least once without issue, I should be in the clear, correct?
    From reading other posts it doesn't sound like it hasn't been a problem, hoping it continues for me.
    I'll report back with drive manufacture date, etc once everything is done.
     
  4. Sep 27, 2010 #784 of 1486
    orangeboy

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    A bit off-topic question for you Mr. Adams:
    Do you know the System partition sizes for the various TiVo models, or at least the models you've dealt with? Having those sizes would go a long way for kmttg users that want to accurately determine the size to input into the pie chart feature. I'm thinking that (total harddrive size) - (system partition size) = (size to input into kmttg).

    You seem to have a pretty good grasp of harddrive replacement, so I figured I'd ask!
     
  5. Sep 27, 2010 #785 of 1486
    hotoru

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    I am having trouble with the download link
    http://www.mediafire.com/?znr8p1h4uyn1v
    Tried in three different browsers. Chrome and Firefox just seems to ignore, Safari says unable to decompress file. Anyone used the link lately? A trick I am missing?
    Thanks,

     
  6. Sep 27, 2010 #786 of 1486
    RichB

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    I have upgraded with this drive and soft rebooted a few times with no issues.
    It is buttoned up so I do not know the build date.

    - Rich
     
  7. Sep 27, 2010 #787 of 1486
    comer

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    Just tried it in FF. Works fine :confused:
    Do you get an error message? How exactly does it not work?
     
  8. Sep 27, 2010 #788 of 1486
    jbell73

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    Thanks for pointing that out! I had just received my Amazon order @ 109.99 with free 2-day prime shipping. A quick inquiry to customer service, and they have refunded me the $17 price difference!

    These things are getting cheap! Makes me regret going with 1TB in my first Premiere.

    My 2TB Upgrade worked flawlessly from the stock 320GB drive, but when I first tried to expand my 1TB "DVR_Dude" drive (in an effort to maintain the MFSSuperSize option on that drive for 317 Hrs of HD) the drive booted up complaining that I had removed external storage, and it needed to be reconfigured, and then after a couple of reboots still complained about system errors, and only saw 157 Hrs (original 1TB drive size).

    All in all, lesson learned, follow processes that have been proven to work, if you venture off the path you may just end up wasting your time.

    -Jeff
     
  9. Sep 27, 2010 #789 of 1486
    aaronwt

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    I thought Amazon stopped pricematching except for preordrers?
     
  10. Sep 27, 2010 #790 of 1486
    comer

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    Ha! Bullseye! :up: This just proves that those drives use the same technique jmfs does - an extra partition and not the real resize (as it would come from the factory) ;) So when you tried adding another one - it did not sit well with Tivo :) Which also means those drives are limited to 2T in principle.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2010 #791 of 1486
    jbell73

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    I just called and asked. I could have just as easily ordered a new one, and returned the new drive on the old order, but this saves everyone a lot of hassle.

    Maybe because of the Prime membership?
     
  12. Sep 27, 2010 #792 of 1486
    aaronwt

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    Has anyone tried a 3TB drive yet?
     
  13. Sep 27, 2010 #793 of 1486
    hotoru

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    I finally downloaded file. I was getting yellow box that said "Click here to download file". When I clicked I would initially get a d/l statusbar at bottom for 1-2 sec then would go away. Steps I tried included, disabled adblock, disabled flash block, signed up for account at mediafire. None of those seem to work. Lastly I saved the file to my own mediafire page then clicked that link. That seemed to work... strange.
    thanks for help.
     
  14. Sep 27, 2010 #794 of 1486
    comer

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    I haven't. Theoretically, it should work, but up to 2.3T only.
     
  15. Sep 27, 2010 #795 of 1486
    comer

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    Bill McNeal brought a very good point. What about extending TP-XL drives?

    Tha answer is - depending on XL drive layout.

    Tivo partition is limited in size by 0xFFFFFFFF * 512 = 2T. The only available process right now is to create an additional partition. So maximum additional space that can be gained is 2T.

    I haven't been able to get my hand on an image or "mfslayout" printout (that'd be enough to understand). If the factory partitions are large (0.5T each) - than yes, +2T gives total of 3T.
    If it's an additional partition on top of non-XL 320G disk (what jmfs and probably DVR_Dude do) - then no.
     
  16. Sep 27, 2010 #796 of 1486
    Shagger

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    UGH - Well I ordered my 2TB drive from Dell and received it today. I specifically stayed away from Newegg since everyone says their 'free shipping' is AWFUL. But the Dell shipping was just the drive box in a larger box. NO F***ING PADDING WHATSOEVER! It was probly rattling around in there all the way from Tennessee. Crap, that blows. Well, I guess I will wait and install it this weekend to see if it even boots. On the upside my cable card install was long but successful. :)
     
  17. Sep 27, 2010 #797 of 1486
    txporter

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    I ordered a WD20EARS from Amazon last Thursday for $109.99. I tried getting the difference refunded over chat just a few minutes ago with no success. I then called customer service and they said that they are allowed to price match once for an account. I went ahead and did it although I guess I might have been able to save more on a different purchase later. /shrug
     
  18. Sep 27, 2010 #798 of 1486
    comer

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    Meanwhile you could run WD diagnostic tool on it to make sure it's ok before you begin :)
     
  19. Sep 27, 2010 #799 of 1486
    Shagger

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    Yep - doing that now. One more small hiccup - the manufacturer date is Jun 2010. Do I need to disable the Intellipark, and if so, how do I do that? :confused:
     
  20. Sep 27, 2010 #800 of 1486
    comer

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    Using a utility from WD: wdidle3
    About parameters see here.
     

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