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Dvr Backup And Restore Software for Windows (DvrBARS)

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ggieseke, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Dec 18, 2013 #381 of 1474
    DFWDave

    DFWDave New Member

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    Both old and new hard drive completely pass full mfg diags. Starting to wonder if it is the power supply - if I let it sit unplugged long enough, either drive will boot and work for a while, then either go into a reboot cycle or sit at the almost done screen.

    At this point I'm starting to wonder if I just give up and replace it with a Roamio Plus. I could either return the 2TB drive I just purchased, use it to upgrade a factory 746 unit I have, or use it in the Roamio. I could also throw more money at the XL with a power supply, assuming it's a safe bet that is the problem.

    I'm certainly not looking for an excuse to spend $399 on a Roamio. With 3 Premieres (2 x 746, 1 x 748, 1 x 758), 1 Tivo HD, 2 Minis, and a Stream, I feel like I have the market cornered.

    I guess looking for anything obvious I might have missed.
     
  2. Dec 18, 2013 #382 of 1474
    unitron

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    Is it possible that it's the endless reboot of trying to install a TiVo OS update and not succeeding?
     
  3. Dec 18, 2013 #383 of 1474
    DFWDave

    DFWDave New Member

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    Kind of as a last resort, called Tivo Tech Support this morning to see what they might suggest. They had me disconnect from coax and ethernet, and remove cable card and boot Tivo and Clear and Delete Everything. This was after they asked if by chance the DVR had become full when I started having the problem. I did notice yesterday on one of my successful boot-ups (original drive) that it had, in-fact become full, and that I deleted all of the recordings. This led to the clear and delete suggestion indicating that at 100% capacity, the Tivo might become "confused".

    It only took about 5 attempts to power up before I could get it to boot and allow me to do a clear and delete. I don't think it made it any less "confused" though, because subsequent to that it is still acting the same way.

    I was offered $50 off the a Roamio Plus that I discussed with billing customer service in conjunction with a service transfer (different person) and billing at the same rate without the 1-yr commitment.

    Starting to think that moving this new 2TB drive to my unmodified 746 and replacing the 748 with a Roamio Pro for $350 is my next move. The sale prices on the Premieres look pretty nice, but the feedback on the speed on the Roamio sounds like it might be worth it (and the extra tuners).
     
  4. Dec 18, 2013 #384 of 1474
    unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Ideally an S1 image, Philips or Sony, would have been undated to 3.0 (so you can work around any internal modem problems via either Ethernet card or serial port) and have had the kernel patched to handle drives larger than 137GB.

    And if my TiVo wrangling motherboard wasn't acting up, and if I could find where I put my Sony S1, I'd build you one.

    In the meantime, the image mentioned in this post

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=6228202#post6228202

    is no longer available at the link in that post, but you can get it here:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49887720/tivoimage-svr2000-v3.0-30hour-20080428.bak

    You'll need to use the MFS Live cd v1.4 to restore it, and I'm pretty sure I remember it needs a 30GB drive.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2013 #385 of 1474
    BDM351

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    unitron, Thanks Much. I will add this to my backups.
    Last week I ended up locating some 80GB Drives and replacing the 2 SVR-2000's with larger H.D. and loaded a image I had from another series 1 that had a 80GB in it.
    I didn't see this until now....holidays became quite busy but thank you for the follow up. Thanks again and Happy Holidays.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2013 #386 of 1474
    unitron

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    Just don't mix Sony and Philips S1 images or you'll have to use the wrong remote and the first time you try to download program listings it'll probably have a nervous breakdown.
     
  7. Dec 26, 2013 #387 of 1474
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    "Just another one which flew over the Tivo's nest."
    I remember that movie. :D
     
  8. Dec 27, 2013 #388 of 1474
    1larryw

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    Hello, I am looking for anyone who can provide me with an image as well for the TCD746320.. I do not have enough posts to be able to PM anyone (especially ggieseke...) but it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    LW
     
  9. Dec 27, 2013 #389 of 1474
    ggieseke

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  10. Dec 27, 2013 #390 of 1474
    1larryw

    1larryw New Member

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    Thanks. Going there now. You may be a life saver :)
     
  11. Dec 31, 2013 #391 of 1474
    jbluemke

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    that happenbed to me too
     
  12. Jan 8, 2014 #392 of 1474
    dougdingle

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    Sure sounds like the power supply. Do you have a computer supply sitting around you could use to power the drive in the TiVo?

    Does the power supply have any bulging capacitors?
     
  13. Jan 10, 2014 #393 of 1474
    captainawesome

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    First time poster, long time reader. It looks like I have a failed 1TB Premiere XL drive. (Unplugged the Tivo for the first time in a long time, now it freezes on the 'starting up' screen when plugged back.)

    I tried using the jmfs tool to clone the old disk to a new drive, but it froze around the 600GB mark.

    I was able to do a truncated backup using this tool. (The full backup claimed to need 900GB, even though the drive was only 30% full.) I'm currently using that backup to do a full restore on the new drive (since the new drive failed halfway through the clone.)

    ggieseke, in case my backup image ends up being corrupt, can you PM me your link to the fresh image for a TCD748000? Much thanks.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2014 #394 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    PM sent.

    Just out of curiosity, was the 900GB projection for a Full or a Modified Full backup?
     
  15. Jan 10, 2014 #395 of 1474
    captainawesome

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    Received, you're the man.

    The 900GB estimate was for the modified full backup. I don't know what state that drive is in though, I haven't run any diagnostics on it yet. I can tell you that I could hear (what sounded like) the platters catching at one point preventing the drive from spinning. Surprisingly, a well placed 'technical tap' with a screwdriver on the side of the drive actually got it to spin again.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2014 #396 of 1474
    NotVeryWitty

    NotVeryWitty Too Big to Fail

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    Boy am I glad I found this thread! Many thanks to ggieseke and the others that have contributed time and knowledge and support.

    So, I'm yet another person with a Premiere XL (TCD748000) that is suddenly in the GSOD / reboot loop. I'm hoping to be able to retrieve season passes and maybe even some of the shows on the the failing drive. My only PC is a Windows 7 laptop. I also have a USB/SATA "docking station", which it sounds like DvrBARS will let me use to do the backup of my failing drive and then a restore to a new drive.

    In anticipation of the backup/restore of the existing drive not working, could you send me a PM for an image link?

    Once again, thanks a million! I promise to make a donation.
     
  17. Jan 10, 2014 #397 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    PM sent. Hope you can save at least your settings.

    A dock should be fine - that's what I use all the time. Using eSATA or USB 3.0 will be much faster than USB 2.0 if your laptop has the right ports.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2014 #398 of 1474
    NotVeryWitty

    NotVeryWitty Too Big to Fail

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    Thanks for mentioning that -- I was quite sure my Dell laptop was only USB 2.0, but I went and dug out the specs, and discovered that one of the ports is a dual USB 2.0 / eSATA port. My docking station supports both USB and eSATA, so I should be able to use eSATA for this.
     
  19. Jan 11, 2014 #399 of 1474
    dmitri

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    Received a "ReadFile" error popup on both the truncated and full backup.
    I suspect my drive is bad. Is there an option to fix it?

    If not, could I get access to a Premiere XL image?

    Thanks
     
  20. Jan 11, 2014 #400 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    You can click OK to continue on after a ReadFile error. If there are lots of errors it can get pretty boring playing whack-a-mole, but eventually it should complete.

    Whether the resulting image will work is another question. Since it failed on a Truncated backup, probably not.
     

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