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Dvr Backup And Restore Software for Windows (DvrBARS)

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

  1. May 2, 2013 #121 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    Weird. That error in Microsoft terms is ERROR_DEV_NOT_EXIST, or "The specified network resource or device is no longer available". I haven't seen that one before.

    How was the 500GB drive imaged from a 2TB source?
     
  2. May 2, 2013 #122 of 1474
    jmbach

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    I am not 100% clear on what you meant. Could be my lack of sleep recently.
    Were you doing a truncated backup of a 500GB drive and the 500GB drive was made by copying the first 500GB of a 2TB drive onto it? Or was the original drive a 500GB drive and it was copied and expanded to a 2TB drive and you were doing a truncated back up that 2TB drive.

    I am not sure how DvrBARS would act in the first scenario, that would be a Greg question, but in the first scenario there might be references to areas of the drive that does not exist. So when DvrBARS tries accessing that area it throws the exception.
     
  3. May 2, 2013 #123 of 1474
    jmbach

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    I have done the first scenario in the past to create images that I did not have to repair premiere models with bad hard drives. (Before the development of DvrBARS) The resultant drive has to be powered up in the TiVo first and the TiVo will divorce the non-existent drive making a good image.
     
  4. May 3, 2013 #124 of 1474
    videobruce

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    I don't know if that error is a M$ or a DvrBARS error. I assumed it was a DvrBARS error.

    This 652 had a 2TB drive in it. It was purchased used.
    I used MFS Live boot CD to image that drive to this 500GB drive (however it is done). I ten tried to copy that image to a file so I can free up that drive to use on another 652 that I'm having a problem with.

    DvrBARS seem to be a solution to save a image as a file instead of wasting a hard drive to do the same, which is foolish.

    I used a eSATA interface (cable) to attempt the process if that mattered, no USB anything.
     
  5. May 3, 2013 #125 of 1474
    jmbach

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    To make this a good image to copy, you need to run it in the Tivo first and then have it divorce the "extra drive". After that it should be good to copy.
     
  6. May 3, 2013 #126 of 1474
    videobruce

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    No extra drive. There is only one drive for the DVR, the eSATA was in reference to connecting it to the PC to use DvrBARS.
     
  7. May 3, 2013 #127 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    DvrBARS is popping up the error message, but since ReadFile is a Windows API call I just display the MS error code that it returns.

    If you used MFS Live to make a truncated image to the 500GB drive, it still has pointers to the full 2TB and DvrBARS is trying to read past the end of the disk.

    If you can make a Full backup of the 500GB drive and put it in a shared Dropbox folder I can take a look. If nothing else I can make a virtual 2TB drive and use VMWare and MFS Live to restore it to the VHD.

    If you just want a 2TB 652 image in case your drive ever dies I already have one courtesy of lessd. There are also several MFS Live and WinMFS images floating around taken from the original 160GB drive.

    If you want to save all of your settings & season passes, the easiest thing to do is to pop the 2TB drive out of the TiVo again and use DvrBARS to make a truncated backup. It should only take a few minutes.
     
  8. May 3, 2013 #128 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Which may explain why the created file did have some data (934 KB). Any chance that would work as is, or is it just corrupted?
    I guess that makes the most sense, but I had some problems trying to image that 2TB drive initially. Unfortunately, the original 160GB drive was not available (I think he threw it out).
     
  9. May 3, 2013 #129 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    There's a chance it would work as is, but there are so many variables at play that it's hard to be sure. I take a slightly slower but safer approach to writing the VHD file by rewriting the header & footer after each block, so it should be a valid file that you could mount in Windows 7 Disk Manager. Whether it includes enough of the MFS file system for your TiVo to deal with is anyone's guess.

    When it comes to Modified or Truncated backups, I had to start off with the assumption that the source drive(s) were intact and would boot up in a TiVo and run fine. There's some forgiveness built in for cases like the MFS superheader, which has an backup copy in case the primary is damaged, but most of the time it will just puke on the floor if there's anything serious wrong.

    Give DvrBARS a shot at that 2TB drive. In backup mode it can't possibly hurt it, and hopefully it will get an image that you can trust.

    Edit: I just looked, and the 2TB truncated 652 image from lessd is 953MB, so 934KB probably won't cut it.
     
  10. May 4, 2013 #130 of 1474
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    I have a Series 3 TCD652160 unit.

    I tried the upgrades with the WinMFS for the last week and didn't have much luck. Tried DvrBARS last night and this morning with a new WD drive and it still gets stuck and the original drive gets stuck on the powering up.

    I am afraid to pull another hard drive from another tivo hd unit i have and have it do the same thing.

    Does anyone have an image for these 2tb wd20eurs drives i can use with either the winmfs or the DvrBArs tools?

    The worst part is the unit I tried to do is for my kids and has all of the kids shows and recordings on it.

    Another day and I might go nuts with all of the comments from the wife about screwing it up....

    If this doesn't work, is anyone in Chicago that can do the drives?
     
  11. May 4, 2013 #131 of 1474
    videobruce

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    I just swap drives for this deck. I placed the imaged 500GB drive (that I was trying to use for DvrBARS) in the 652 and it booted fine.
    I was just going to ask just how large these vhd files are suppose to be.
    Assuming there are no recordings, is there a file size difference if imaged from different sized drives from the same model deck?
     
  12. May 4, 2013 #132 of 1474
    jmbach

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    It will probably work until the TiVo tries to save video in an area of the drive that it thinks it is there but does not exist. When a drive is expanded, the extra partitions are recognized as an "external drive" by the TiVo.

    Go into the menu to see if you can divorce the "extra" drive. I have not tried that myself as I usually delete the extra partitions manually then boot the drive in the TiVo and it automatically asks me if I want to divorce the drive.
     
  13. May 4, 2013 #133 of 1474
    jmbach

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    If I was to guess, your block 0 is corrupted. That is what happened to another member. Was able to fix it and all the shows were recovered. You might try Fixboot in WinMFS to see if it will help. If not, then it depends on how comfortable you are with low level hex editing a drive or copy and pasting hex images to fix it and possibly saving the recordings.
     
  14. May 4, 2013 #134 of 1474
    videobruce

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    I just connected it to see if it booted Ok and it did. I'm confused regarding this expanded issue. What extra partitions? If the original drive is 2TB and it was imaged using MFSLive down to a 500GB drive, how can there be extra partitions? :confused:

    What I don't understand why the size of the drive should matter, isn't the concept to copy the O/S and any other related data so the recorder boots off of the drive assuming programs are not copied if there are any? Can't the system manage a different size drive by itself?

    BTW, I used the program again with the 2TB drive and in less than two minutes it created a 1,071,000 KB vhd image.
     
  15. May 4, 2013 #135 of 1474
    jmbach

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    The original drive in a 652 was probably 160gb. The drive was expanded to 2TB thereby creating another partition or two (depending on the method of expansion) in order to accomplish this. When you copied the first 500GB of the 2Tb drive to the 500GB drive, the partition table remained the same and only a portion of the expansion partition was copied as well.

    If what I think is correct, if you boot that 500GB drive in your 652 and the go to system information to see how many hours you can record on it, it will probably give you about 300 hours which is about 2TB drive size.
     
  16. May 4, 2013 #136 of 1474
    jmbach

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    Of course it also depends on how you used MFSLive to make the 500GB drive from the 2TB drive. So my assumptions may be wrong.
     
  17. May 4, 2013 #137 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Ok, but how is it when you image a M$ O/S from a larger drive and copy to a smaller drive, then use that, everything is fine (as fine as it can be with M$)?
    If I wanted to use a smaller drive, how can that happen? Or is all of this a limitation of this program?

    This 2TB drive was what was in the deck when I got it. I didn't do a thing.
     
  18. May 4, 2013 #138 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    Truncated backups from the same model should be about the same size no matter what the actual drive size is. If both Root partitions have a valid copy of the OS, skipping the alternate Root partition will usually save a few hundred MB.

    1,071,000KB for a 652 sounds about right.
     
  19. May 4, 2013 #139 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    Tools like Acronis or EaseUs can shrink a Windows drive (within limits) by partitioning it correctly and then copying every file individually. DvrBARS may get to that level in the future, but it's no where near it yet.
     
  20. May 4, 2013 #140 of 1474
    jmbach

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    How are you imaging the M$ OS. The ability to copy to a smaller drive and have it work might be built into the program you are using to do the imaging. I doubt it is just a mirror image of the first x number of gigabytes of a drive to make it smaller.

    The 652 units do not come natively from Tivo with a 2tb drive so somebody expanded it before you got it.

    At this point, as far as I know, you cannot shrink a TiVo drive smaller than the size of the original drive it was expanded off of. Someday there might be a way but not at this time. You can shrink it back to its original size and the re-expand.
     

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