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How to clone a failing TiVo drive to another drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ShinySteelRobot, May 22, 2012.

  1. ShinySteelRobot

    ShinySteelRobot New Member

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    Hi all,

    Not long ago my TiVo drive started to fail, so I replaced the 2TB EARX drive with a 2TB EURS drive. I wanted to keep all my programs, season passes, etc, and I wanted to perform limited error recovery at the same time. Some posts here at TiVo Community led me to dd_rescue, which led me to ddrescue, but the details were a bit sparse until I figured it all out.

    Long story short, I wrote a concise but fairly detailed article article about how I copied the failing drive to the new drive and performed error recovery. Here's the article link:

    http://www.logicsector.com/tivo/how-to-clone-your-failing-tivo-drive-with-ddrescue/

    I hope it helps in case others face the same problem

    Note the replacement drive must be the same size or larger.
     
  2. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    I skimmed through it and bookmarked it. Interesting. Thanks.
     
  3. Wammer

    Wammer New Member

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    I also have a 2TB EARS which is failing (recorded and live TV randomly freeze, random reboots, etc.) and just received a 2TB EURS today. Your timing couldn't be better. I plan to follow your guide. Thanks much!
     
  4. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Can't one just use the jmfs boot disk and do a copy, no add space or expand ? I never tried this but it should work.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I suppose you could, but the MFS Live cd with

    dd_rescue

    gives you control of various parameters that can increase your chances of success.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    logicsector.com appears to be down. Hope SSR is okay.
     
  7. subVert

    subVert New Member

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    I just did that to rescue my perpetually rebooting 2TB TiVo. Worked like a charm.
     
  8. sigocpt

    sigocpt New Member

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    My Series 2 took a drive a few weeks ago. I am going to have to read this guide to see if I can copy off my failed drive.

    Otherwise, I have a line on a backup image for my unit.
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you're going to need to use MFS Live with that image, then the MFS Live cd already has

    dd_rescue

    on it, which will do the job just fine.

    I recommend using the

    -v

    and

    -r

    options if going to a target drive with the same LBA number as the source.

    If you're using the WinMFS version of the image (ends in .tbk), you should still have a copy of the MFS Live cd on hand for the times when it comes in handy.
     

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