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Hard Drive Upgrade for TCD 540040

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Kennykenny17, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Kennykenny17

    Kennykenny17 New Member

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    Thanks! I got WinMFS to locate the TiVo hard drive, everything looks fine as usually. It went through the whole backup. Should I do anything next. I have another Maxtor N256 laying around however it does not get recognized. I have tried both MFSlive and WinMFS. How do I run a diagnostic on this separate drive?
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    So you are saying you have a second Maxtor drive identical to the drive which was in the TiVo, and that you hooked up the drive that was in the TiVo and used WinMFS to make a backup image of it, and that backup image is currently somewhere on whatever hard drive you have in your computer?
     
  3. Kennykenny17

    Kennykenny17 New Member

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    I have a similar Maxtor hard drive however that does not pop up in WinMFS, the current hard drive in the TiVo was finally identified by WinMFS and I created a backup of the drive. When I attempt to turn on the TiVo it goes from the Welcome! Powering Up Screen to a blank white screen.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    So have you attempted to restore that backup to a different hard drive?
     
  5. Kennykenny17

    Kennykenny17 New Member

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    I wanted to do a restore to my extra maxtor hard drive however that is not being identified by WinMFS and I was wondering is there any way to get that drive recognized by WinMFS or MFSlive.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Have you tried it this way?

    Hook up the target drive to the computer via the USB thingie, boot into Windows with admin privileges, launch WinMFS, click on restore, select the file, and then see if it lets you choose the drive.
     
  7. Kennykenny17

    Kennykenny17 New Member

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    I haven't tried that way yet. I will now and see if it works.
     
  8. Kennykenny17

    Kennykenny17 New Member

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    In admin mode WinMFS still does not see the drive. Tried MFSlive also however it keeps on repeating the same line on the screen continuously. Is there any way to get this drive to work. Someone suggested doing a Kickstart however I can't even understand how to do it. There are no yellow lights in front of my TiVo is remains green.
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    It helps if you have one of those electrical outlet strips with a built-in switch.

    That way you can plug it into the wall and the TiVo into it and not have to take your eyes off of the TiVo when you apply power to it, and you can turn off power right away if anything goes wrong.

    The way to Kickstart that model, and most of them, is to apply power to the TiVo, keep your eye on the lights on the front, while you have the remote ready to use, and at about 60 seconds after power is applied you should see one light dim and the other come on slightly.

    That's when you press Pause and hold it for about 1 second, and then enter the number or numbers, just like you were putting in channel numbers.

    I suggest 58.

    When you say you tried MFS Live, I'm assuming you burned, as an image, the image to a cd-r, and set your computer to boot from the cd or dvd drive.

    Try that again, with the original drive from the TiVo connected to the IDE-USB adapter, and powered up, but without the USB end plugged into the computer.

    Once the computer boots into Linux from the cd and settles down to the command prompt, after putting a bunch of confusing info on the screen, plug in the adapter to a USB port on the computer, and see if some new lines don't pop up on the screen.

    If several do, and then it doesn't get back to the command prompt, hit the space bar. If that doesn't do anything, then hit the Enter key.

    That should have you back at the command prompt.

    When the adapter/drive combo gets detected it should call it something like /dev/sda or /dev/sdb, and so through c, d, and the rest of the alphabet until it finds a letter not in use. It shouldn't have to go far. If you just have one hard drive inside the computer and one cd or dvd drive, then it shouldn't have to go any farther down the list than /dev/sdc.

    Let's use that for illustration.

    At the command prompt, type


    fdisk -l /dev/sdc


    (that's a lower case L following the hyphen. The hyphen follows a space that tells the operating system that the command is only

    fdisk

    and that the hyphen/letter combo is an option of that command)

    You'll probably get something like no partition table found or something like that.

    That's not a problem, because a TiVo doesn't use a DOS-style partition table of the kind

    fdisk

    would be looking for.

    You just want to see if

    fdisk

    can find the drive.

    Then type

    pdisk -l


    That command looks for drives with Apple Partition Maps, which is what the TiVo uses.

    If you get something that lists about 13 to 15 partitions, that's good.


    If so, type

    mfsinfo /dev/sdc

    and see what you get.


    Then type

    poweroff

    and the computer will shut down properly.

    Then disconnect the adapter from the USB jack on the computer and hook up one of the other IDE drives you're trying to use to it, and go through the whole process again.

    Once we know if the computer, and Linux, can or cannot see the drives via that USB connector, we'll have an idea what to do next.
     
  10. trubel

    trubel New Member

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    Can you help me?
     
  11. trubel

    trubel New Member

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    I'd like to restore using your backup if you still have it.

    Thank you very much.
     
  12. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    What's the model number of your TiVo and what size hard drive do you intend to use?
     

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