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help! format my old tivo hard drive for use with computer

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by obmij5, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. obmij5

    obmij5 New Member

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    Okay, so my Tivo2 just died and i had to purchase the new DirecTV DVR (which has a shotty interface and is so user-unfriendly it has actually done more to get me outside than the summer weather). But i decided i'd open up my Tivo and get a free external hard drive. I did, and i plugged it in using a power USB converter into my iBook g4, and because of its strange tivo formatting, my mac cannot even register it. So my question is, how do i format this puppy?
    here are the hard drive's specs:
    Western Digital Enhanced IDE Hard Drive
    Parameters: 80 GB
    anyway i just want to format it so i can keep stuff on it, that'd be wonderful

    any ideas?
     
  2. HTGuy

    HTGuy New Member

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    If your Tivo died, it was most likely the hard drive, so I would be carefull here.

    Did you try to use the Apple Disk Utility to format it?
     
  3. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    do you have access to a windows pc?
    If so, get a linux cd like mepis or knoppix and run Fdisk on the drive. Or perhaps there's a 3rd party disk utility for OS X that will recognize the drive.
     
  4. obmij5

    obmij5 New Member

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    i've tried apple utility, it wont recognize that its connected or anything.
    Gunnyman- i do have access to a PC. Im also an idiot, so can u walk me through your linux idea?
     
  5. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    if it doesn't even recognize that a drive is plugged in, I'd venture to say it's toasted.
     
  6. obmij5

    obmij5 New Member

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    it was the power source of the unit that was the problem, not the hard drive. The problem with the hard drive is that it is formatted as a tivo drive, i want to format it as a mac drive, i just need to know how to do that...
     
  7. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    head over to knoppix.org and grab an ISO follow the directions there.
    Way too many steps involved to go thru here.
     
  8. obmij5

    obmij5 New Member

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    gotcha, thanks a lot
     

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