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MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ggieseke, May 10, 2015.

  1. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    new tivo user here i have a 1tb roamio ota, i have a 4tb hdd id like to put in it. i tried ross walker windows free method didnt work for me kept getting errors not too fmiliar with linux. so now im trying msft reformat. when i launch program on windows 10(set for compatiability for windows 7 and set to run as admin. i click file reformat tivo hdd. i then get error mfs volume header not found. please help what am i doing wrong i really want to use this 4tb int hdd in tivo roamio ota
     
  2. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Did you put the 4TB drive in your TiVo first and let it boot to the welcome screen before hooking the drive up to the computer and running MFSR?
     
  3. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    no audio/video connection made just power plugged in and 4tb in tivo seat for 45 minutes.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    The first thing MSFR needs is to have the new drive in the Roamio and let it boot up to the first screen (asking for Country,) then unplug and remove drive, hook up to PC, boot to windows, run MSFR, Shutdown, return drive to Roamio. The time it takes is about 20 minutes.

    What drive model are you using?
     
  5. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    Hitachi H3D40003254SE, was a transplant ripped it from my dtv hr34(I upgraded that internal awhile back, though the roamio ota would get better use of this).
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Have you tried a complete wipe of the drive as well as running a full diagnostics?
     
  7. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    no I'll do that next via epm partition master I'll wipe completely when I have access to pc. Then I'll put in tivo and run guided setup.
     
  8. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Be sure to run a full diagnostics on the drive to make sure its still viable. I think it will run overnight.
     
  9. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    Drive empty all unallocated. Hooked 4tb to tivo powered on all connections made. Welcome screen solid green light blinking orange light almost there screen then green screen serious problem detected reboot.
     
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Did you run the Roamio with the factory 1TB and let it update the OS to the latest version before trying MFSR? What version of MFSR are you using?

    Forget everything in the Ross Walker method and read the first two posts in this thread, especially the warnings in red.
     
  11. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    guided setup complete on 1tb. Software roamio ota 20.6.1. I used 1.0.0.2 and 1.0.0.3 of mfsr.
     
  12. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    If you had run the manufacturer's diagnostics software on the drive, it would have detected any problems of the drive. Tivo is very finicky of what drives and of the sectors within to be perfect (not many are).

    I would recommend WD Red Drives over the WD Green AV drives. I also think WD is moving some Green AV to be labeled as Blue, and AV is getting less common.


    I have a WD 4TB Red Drive in my Roamio Basic for nearly a year now and no problem, super quiet. The 1TB Green AV drive in the Series 3 is noisier.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
  13. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    I have put a Seagate 4tb internal in it and am currently running guided setup. Afterwards I'll hook to PC and run msfr. Progress is being made.
     
  14. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    Seagate 4tb pulled from roamio ota at guided setup info complete then put in PC ran msfr 1.0.0.2 complete. Now putting drive back in roamio
     
  15. pruffy

    pruffy New Member

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    Success 638 hours of HD. Thanks all for your help, I'm now getting back into the tivo game.
     
  16. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    You could have just pulled the plug when it has reached the point where it asks for the country and save the time of Guided Setup for after the drive re-install.


    But otherwise....... Great work......

    BTW, I had a small issue getting the drive to work initially because of my PC running Windows XP. Then, I had to get a USB SATA drive adapter to use with the laptop I had running Windows 7. That delayed me for about a week.
     
  17. CrashHD

    CrashHD I am the me.

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    Any chance this is still in the works? I'm looking to go from a 3TB to an 8TB soon (before fall tv gets fully into swing). If the timing works out, I'd love to beta test for you.
     
  18. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    It's still in the works, but no progress lately. We switched to new ERP software at work and I'm putting in 60-70 hours a week stomping bugs. The way things are going I probably won't get back to it until Oct at the earliest.
     
  19. bcurran3

    bcurran3 New Member

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    May I have permission to distribute the mfsr binary via Chocolatey (www.chocolatey.org)? or a direct link to download not behind a login would work just as well.
     
  20. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    The link for the latest version (1.0.0.4) in post #2 doesn't require a login. Please just refer to this thread if you post about MFSR elsewhere.

    I would like to avoid having multiple copies floating around on the internet.
    1. It's hard enough to get people to read the instructions anyway.
    2. There's already out-of-date information about it on another site. :mad:
    3. Someone would bundle malware into it.
    4. Etc.
     

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