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Hey, El Paso!!!! Own an S4?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by unitron, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you start here:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9367681#post9367681


    and read forward a page you'll see what's going on with blackduck08.

    Been on the phone with him, we finally got the Ultimate Boot CD to run on one of his computers and run the WD diagnostic on the 320 out of his Premiere.

    It's hosed.

    He's got a nice shiny new 2TB to go into that Premiere, but no working original drive to copy from.

    Anybody in or around EP got a Premiere drive they could spare for a few hours?

    I don't have a Premiere and am several states away so...
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Didn't realize the title would be cut off and need the attention of El Paso area residents for this thread:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=495925

    about a guy who needs a Premiere 320GB drive to copy.

    Thanks.

    EDIT: That link no longer goes anywhere.

    Apparently a moderator merged my 2 threads.

    This used to be the first comment in this thread instead of the second one.

    The first comment in this thread was originally the first comment of the other one.

    The link in it works, takes you what's currently near the end of the upgrading a Premiere with jmfs thread where blackduck08's story starts.
     
  3. MeInDallas

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    If you cant find anyone there close, If he is willing, he can send it to me and I'll do the work, and send it back to him. I dont mind. I have 3 Premieres, but yes I'm in Dallas. Mail wont take very long here in Texas.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Apparently a moderator was passing by and merged my threads (I tried to just edit the headline of the first one, but it wouldn't let me change that field).

    So I'll use taking note of that as an excuse to bump this back to visibility.
     
  5. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Couldn't someone just copy their drive and send him an image?
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    A 320GB image?

    This is a Premiere, you can't use WinMFS or MFS Live on it.
     
  7. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Ok, just asking. I haven't copied my Premieres yet. So, I'm not sure of the process. Does the jmfs tool not allow you to make a truncated backup?
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Nope, it uses

    ddrescue

    to make a byte for byte "Xerox" onto the target drive of all 320GB of the source drive, and then, if you tell it to, if the target drive has any extra space it uses all of it and creates a single MFS media partition and adjusts the partition map and partition headers accordingly.

    If anyone's worked out how to do a truncated backup of the Series 4 drives, they're keeping very quiet about it.

    One guy's working on a scheme where the 320GB drive gets copied to a file that's a "virtual hard drive" and somewhere in the process it gets compressed and he's working on a Windows program to uncompress and restore it to a drive, but it's not yet as "foolproofed" as the tools we have for working on S1-S3 drives.
     
  9. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    broken links and nothing there
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Link in first comment still good.

    See edit in second comment to find out why that link is no longer good.
     
  11. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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  13. MeInDallas

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    If he would just send it to me I could have it back to him by the end of the week. Just saying :p
     
  14. ggieseke

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    I have a working TCD746320 image and the restore program runs on XP or above, but the image is still about 3.4GB and someone else is going to have to pony up an FTP site or some other form of internet disk space. Even zipped it still takes up almost 2GB.

    Right now it's only feasible at all if the source drive is "virgin" and contains lots of blank space that has never been written to.

    I'm hoping to come up with a true truncated image process but that's still weeks or months away (if ever). I don't own a Premiere, so all testing is being done by a few gracious volunteers and lots of PMs.
     
  15. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Any chance of putting the image and the restore utility on a bootable dvd?

    For people who, unlike me, have S4s.
     
  16. ggieseke

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    Well, I couldn't do it for free very often and charging even a minimum amount to cover costs would make it look like I was selling images. AFAIK InstantCake is the only "TiVo authorized" product with that right.

    It really wouldn't need to be bootable but the thought has crossed my mind. I know Windows PE like the back of my hand but I'm not sure if you can redistribute it legally. I will have to look into that.
     
  17. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I have my own FTP location that I could put it at for a while. At least long enough for the person in El Paso to get.

    Or I have a drive hooked up to pogo plug that could handle it.
     
  18. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Let Unitron send you a DropBox invite (or I could). That should give you enough room for the zipped version. I could put it up on my DropBox but I'd have to remove most of the other Tivo images I have there. Then again, Unitron pretty much has all of the ones I have anyway on his DropBox.
     
  19. ggieseke

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    I'm checking back with the original source of the image just to be sure that he doesn't mind. Assuming that goes as expected I will take that kind offer.
     

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