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Dvr Backup And Restore Software for Windows (DvrBARS)

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

  1. Feb 22, 2014 #481 of 1472
    jmbach

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    If you are using the image from ggeiseke, download it again. Run DvrBARS as an administrator. How is the drive being hooked up to the computer you are running DvrBARS on. It appears it is not booting the OS at all. If the drive is being written correctly, then check the connections on the motherboard. Make sure the SATA cable is firmly attached to the motherboard as well as the power connectors.

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  2. Feb 22, 2014 #482 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    it is all hooked up properly. I've downloaded the image multiple times now, and done both quick restore and full and neither have worked.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2014 #483 of 1472
    ThAbtO

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    Give Wdidle3.exe a try. I had to use it when I tried upgrading a Series 2 when it would not boot.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2014 #484 of 1472
    jmbach

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    Try wdidle3 like ThAbtO suggested. How comfortable are you to send me the first 18 blocks of the drive you wrote the image on. I would like to see if the APM and block 0 are written correctly
     
  5. Feb 22, 2014 #485 of 1472
    lessd

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    Wdidle3.exe only fixes a soft boot hang in some TiVo models, a hard boot works all the time without setting Wdidle3.exe.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2014 #486 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    I have tried wdidle3. I'm sorry did not mention that. I believe it is a problem with the image file because both times I downloaded it I had troubles with it downloading. So it may be it is not the file I need or it is not right after I extract it. I'm just wondering if there is another image out there could try. Oh, and I have no idea how to send you that drive info. But thanks for all the help.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2014 #487 of 1472
    jmbach

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    What kind of trouble downloading. Have you tried using a different browser

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  8. Feb 23, 2014 #488 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    I used both IE and Chrome to download it.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2014 #489 of 1472
    jmbach

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    What trouble did you run into downloading
     
  10. Feb 23, 2014 #490 of 1472
    jmbach

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    Download wd diagnostic for windows and run a few tests if it passes, then have it write some zeroes for the first several blocks of the drive. Then do a quick restore with DvrBARS and try booting in the TiVo again. In the meantime I'll see if I can get another file to you. Might be tomorrow if I don't have one handy already.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2014 #491 of 1472
    ThAbtO

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    What is the exact model of the drive you are trying to use?
     
  12. Feb 23, 2014 #492 of 1472
    ggieseke

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    That 748 image has been used successfully about 50 times. Here are the MD5 hashes for the zip file and the VHD file once you extract it.

    TCD748000.zip 392401741E1865E15DFEF8B26BA6034F
    TCD748000.vhd 8E7F416BB96BCA12FC2E017323D1A36E

    If you don't have a way to check MD5 hashes you can download my command-line utility at http://goo.gl/9tWxBX.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2014 #493 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    The model HD I have is a WD20EZRX. I am unsure how to use MD5 and what to do with it on those files. What diagnostic tool should I use? I mean this is happening with multiple drives and since this one is brand new I can't see what could be wrong with it. Let me know which one to use and I can check it.
     
  14. Feb 23, 2014 #494 of 1472
    jmbach

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    The MD5 is a way of making sure you have downloaded the file correctly without errors. This would be important since you stated you had troubles downloading the files. Could you describe your setup. Kind of computer you are using, operating system, how is the drive connected to the computer, if you are using an external dock what brand is it. You might consider using a different computer if you have one. As much detail as you can give us will help us diagnose the problem
     
  15. Feb 23, 2014 #495 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    I have an AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-core 2.30 GHz w/6 GB Ram running windows 7 64 bit. It has an ASUS motherboard and is about 4 years old (I built it from a tiger direct barebones kit).

    The problem I had downloading was that it was stopping constantly and half a dozen times it had to be restarted because the rate dropped to 0 bits/sec and would not restart. I've also noticed someone earlier on this thread got an error message about the A drive when opening DvrBARS and that is a message I'm getting as well. However I just hit the continue option and was able to start the program as it is described in the how-to-use portion of this thread. I also always run in as administrator.

    If someone could give me a simple description of how to use the MD5 that would be helpful as I've never heard of it.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2014 #496 of 1472
    ggieseke

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    Open a command prompt (Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt). Change the current directory to the directory where you downloaded the MD5 program with the CD command. It will probably be something like "CD C:\Users\Ozzy\Downloads"

    Run "MD5 TCD748000.zip" to check the zip file or "MD5 TCD748000.vhd" to check the extracted VHD file. The results that it prints out should match the vaules I posted earlier. If those files aren't in the same directory as MD5.exe you will have to use the full path to the file you're checking instead of just the file name.
     
  17. Feb 23, 2014 #497 of 1472
    ozzy1983

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    Ok, I checked both files and they match your numbers correctly. Perhaps this has to do with the startup error I mentioned when starting DvrBARS? Am I connecting the drive incorrectly or something when I start the computer?

    I start the computer with the drive I want to use in my Tivo connected, am I supposed to only connect it once windows has started? This A drive error may be the only factor left that is causing issue (since we now know my download of your image is correct).

    Again thanks for your help troubleshooting this, I know you don't have to, but before I joined this forum and began talking to all of you I was pretty lost.
     
  18. Feb 23, 2014 #498 of 1472
    ggieseke

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    It shouldn't matter if the drive is connected before or after starting Windows. It just has to be connected before running DvrBARS because it only scans the available drives once at startup.

    The A: drive error doesn't matter as long as you can get past it. There's probably a BIOS setting that's providing floppy disk support or emulation, but once again if DvrBARS can see the WD20EZRX and write to it you should be good to go.

    I'm starting to think that the TiVo itself or possibly the SATA cable in it is bad. Another possible point of failure is the cabling on the PC. One way to test the drive and the PC is to try to run a Truncated backup of it after you do the restore. If DvrBARS can see it and read all of the structures necessary to run in the Truncated or Modified Full backup mode it would validate the drive. Since we now know that the image is good that would only leave something in the TiVo itself.
     
  19. Feb 23, 2014 #499 of 1472
    lpwcomp

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    You might want to check all of the connections on the TiVo - motherboard, power supply, etc. Do you know if the drive is actually spinning up when in the TiVo?
     
  20. Feb 23, 2014 #500 of 1472
    dougdingle

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    Not to hijack the thread, but I'm curious about that device.

    Do you like it?

    Is it reliable?

    Will it do media transfers to other devices?

    Is there any kind of "whole house server" device available?

    How much extra is the TiVo subscription part?

    I am nearing the end of my rope with Time Warner, TA boxes, no on-demand, no PPV, and rising cablecard rental rates.
     

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