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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 4, 2013 #141 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    I sent you a link to a 2TB 652 image. It will wipe the entire drive, but it should get you running again. I would try jmbach's suggestion to use the bootfix tool in WinMFS first so the kids don't hate you.
     
  2. May 4, 2013 #142 of 1474
    videobruce

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    True Image.
    Yes, it was used as I stated. I believe he bought the drive from one of those two outfits the prepares drives for specific TiVo's.
    Ok. I surely didn't mean anything negative about your program, I'm just trying to understand how & why things are the way they are here.

    This 1GB sized file, I assume it is because I had 75 deleted programs and another 7 not watched on this drive even though these recordings were not copied to that file?
     
  3. May 4, 2013 #143 of 1474
    jmbach

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    Would be interesting if you ran MFSinfo on the 500GB and 2TB drive to compare the structures. If you do, could you post the output.
     
  4. May 4, 2013 #144 of 1474
    videobruce

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    I re-connected the 500GB drive and it shows 76 hours for HD capacity. Can I now assume that drive is being read as a 500GB drive?

    I would gladly post the results if I could find a copy of MFSInfo. :eek:
     
  5. May 4, 2013 #145 of 1474
    jmbach

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    I think you can. Try a DvrBARS backup and see if you get the same error.

    MSFInfo is on the MFSlive iso.
     
  6. May 4, 2013 #146 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Thanks, I was looking for the specific program. No wonder why I couldn't find it.
     
  7. May 4, 2013 #147 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    If you did a truncated backup, all of the recordings including the deleted shows and the unwatched ones would have been excluded. If you run it again and exclude the alternate Root partition it will probably drop down to about 750MB, but that seems to be about the minimum size for a 652.

    If you zip the VHD file it will probably compress another 30-40% for long term storage.

    I include the Welcome video, the store demo video, and the THX video (on XL models) in a truncated backup if they still exist. There are probably a few other things I could exclude and make an image that would still boot up like the /var partition, but my first instinct after almost 30 years in IT is "back it up". As long as it will fit on a DVD or a $10 flash drive I'm happy. What's a gig or two among friends? ;)
     
  8. May 5, 2013 #148 of 1474
    bs1211

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    This did the trick... thanks so much for your help to get this fixed!

    You're awesome.
     
  9. May 5, 2013 #149 of 1474
    jmbach

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    In the end, did you try fixboot at all or did you just used the image and copy it over your old one. What you did to fix it will help guide others.
     
  10. May 5, 2013 #150 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Here are MSInfo reports of the original (to me) 2TB drive and the 500GB drive that I initially used as a backup of that 2TB drive using MFSLive;

     
  11. May 5, 2013 #151 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Since I had WinMFS out, I decided use the copy of the 2TB I made to re-image this 500GB drive to see what happens. The first attempt failed with a "error writing media inode1" message.
    I cleared that and the program allowed another attempt which completed. :confused:

    Here is the MSInfo file from this same drive with a image copied from a file. The partition table is identical, the only differences are the free (space) in zones 1,2,4,5 & 6;

     
  12. May 5, 2013 #152 of 1474
    jmbach

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    The original drive has an unique partition map. Must be something from DVRDude or WeaKnees. Looks like it was designed for OS versions prior to 11.0k that could not handle single partitions greater than 1TB.
    Have you tried to backup the 500GB drive with DvrBARS again. If there is still an error with that partition map then there is something else afoot.
     
  13. May 5, 2013 #153 of 1474
    videobruce

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    It was from one or the other, he didn't create it.
    I connected it to the deck and it went into a welcome screen reboot loop. :mad: I did choose the supersize option, I wonder if that was it?
    No on trying an additional 500GB backup.
    The 2TB has 16 partitions, the 500GB had 15. Is that due to the size difference between the two drives?

    I just tried to restore that 500GB drive using DvrBARS, but I get an error that the drive is too small.
     
  14. May 5, 2013 #154 of 1474
    jmbach

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    Yes and no. OS prior to 11.0k could not handle partitions greater than 1TB. So the creator of the drive added the 16th partition to claim the extra space. With 11.0k, WinMFS will create a partition of 1.6TB obviating the need for the extra partition.

    The supersize option did not do it.

    Have you tried to backup the 500GB drive again with that partition map with DvrBARS.

    If I was to guess, if the 500GB is boot looping, block0 is corrupt. Might try fixboot in WinMFS to see if it fixes it. If not there are a few more involved things that can be done. We can try those if fixboot doesn't work.

    For DvrBARS, the restore drive has to be the same size or larger to restore.
     
  15. May 5, 2013 #155 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    That much makes sense - it still thinks it's bigger than it really is.

    I don't really know what else to say at this point, other than recommending starting over from scratch. I'll send you a PM with lessd's image.
     
  16. May 5, 2013 #156 of 1474
    videobruce

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    Could that be a problem with the extra partition from one drive to another?
    Yes, but it says the drive to too small.
    That answers that. This 2TB is the only 2TB drive I have or had.
    I ran out of hair to pull out. :eek:

    I tried to use WinMFS again to copy the 2TB to the 500GB directly, but as soon as I try to start the process the program closes. I then tried MFSLive (the program I used to image the drive in the 1st place), but that returned an error (I didn't write it down).
     
  17. May 5, 2013 #157 of 1474
    ggieseke

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    Hopefully the image I sent you will work. I'd hate to see you lose any hair over this. :rolleyes:
     
  18. May 5, 2013 #158 of 1474
    jmbach

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    If you could copy the first 500GB of the 2Tb to the 500GB drive with ddrescue or something similar we can manipulate the APM to get you back to the native drive size so you can expand it to 500GB.
     
  19. May 5, 2013 #159 of 1474
    tvmaster2

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    thanks to ggieseke so far for all you help...
    with an apparently dead, stock drive from a Premiere TCD746320, I am getting this error message when I try to do a backup using DvrBARS:

    MFS volume header not found

    is there anyway that anyone knows to repair that so I can get my shows back, or is this a complete "drive failure", software and all...

    :(
     
  20. May 5, 2013 #160 of 1474
    jmbach

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    I am going to say that your shows are probably toast. Just about everything else can be recreated to recover a drive and keep the shows intact. Ggieseke can get you an image to restore to your drive but your shows are still gone. However he has more intimate knowledge of the MFS system than I have, so we can see what he says.
     

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