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MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

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

  1. dmark1867

    dmark1867 Member

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    jmbach,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me.

    I created a post here:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/community/index.php?threads/mfs-tools-3-2.529148/page-

    27#post-11070916


    Also I reviewed your post here and got a little confused:
    6TB Premiere


    In my case (I am going from a 320gb to a 4tb drive) and I want to keep everything
    I would only need to issue
    mfstool copy -ai /dev/sda /dev/sdb

    Please let me know or reply to my post, thanks again!
     
  2. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    That's all you need to do as long as sda is your source drive and sdb is your target drive. This will work up to a 4TB drive.
     
  3. NYHeel

    NYHeel Active Member

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    Stupid question, but which program is the correct one to use if I want to upgrade from my 3 TB drive inside a Roamio Plus (already upgraded at purchase) to a larger drive, likely a 4 or 6 TB drive, while keeping all of my recordings and settings? Is this currently possible?

    There are a bunch of new great programs in the last few years and I've lost track of which ones do what.
     
  4. fcfc2

    fcfc2 Well-Known Member

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    Currently, the largest you can go to would be the 4TB with MFS Tools 3.2, MFS Tools 3.2
     
  5. Dec 2, 2016 #825 of 886
    maelstr0m

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    I'm attempting to upgrade a new Roamio Pro to a WD Red 8TB drive.

    I started up the Roamio as delivered and let it update itself. I verified the version is > 20.4.6. I think it is 20.6.3. I swapped in the new 8TB drive and turned it on, but I seem to be caught in the endless boot loop.

    It sounded like a Roamio HD upgrade was going to be within my skillset, but I can't get past step #1. Any advice on how to get the Roamio to auto-format the drive.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2016 #826 of 886
    jmbach

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    Are you upgrading a Roamio Basic/OTA, Plus, or Pro.
    Can you describe how the Roamio is boot looping. How many boot screens does it go through before looping.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2016 #827 of 886
    Zombo

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    I am seeing the same problem with a Roamio OTA and a WD red (WD60EFRX). The loop is:

    1. Screen with "Welcome! Starting up..."
    2. Screen with "Almost there... Just a few moments more."
    3. Green screen for 1~2 seconds, then back to #1.

    This is after I updated firmware with original HD. Any ideas? Thanks for your help in advance!
     
  8. Dec 2, 2016 #828 of 886
    jmbach

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    My first suggestion is to get a replacement power brick about 1/2 to 1 amp more than the original power brick. The larger drive requires a little more power.
     
  9. Dec 2, 2016 #829 of 886
    maelstr0m

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    Yep, I've got the same behavior as Zombo. Mine is the Roamio Pro.
     
  10. Dec 2, 2016 #830 of 886
    jmbach

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    Roamio pro is different as it has a built-in power supply. I don't have an issue with mine booting up an 8TB drive. Can you try a different drive either one the same size or one smaller but bigger than the original.
     
  11. Dec 2, 2016 #831 of 886
    maelstr0m

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    I've got nothing like that laying about. I might have a 1.5 TB available, but that is less than the factory 3TB.

    There was recent software update, could that be interfering with the auto-format?
     
  12. Dec 2, 2016 #832 of 886
    jmbach

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    I doubt it. When a new version of software comes out, I let my Roamio Plus auto format an 8TB drive to see if TiVo fixed the 64 bit bug in their OS that prevents people from using drives larger than 3TB. I just tested 20.6.3 and the drive auto formatted and booted just fine. However the 64 bit bug has not been fixed yet.
    Have you run WD diagnostics long test on the drive yet?
     
  13. Dec 2, 2016 #833 of 886
    maelstr0m

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    The WD quick test was fine but the extended test is still a long time from finishing.
     
  14. Dec 2, 2016 #834 of 886
    jmbach

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    I have had some drives that failed at the full erase test but passed the other tests.

    If you want to make sure it is not an auto format issue, use MFSTools 3.2 to copy the original drive to the 8TB with the command mfstool copy /dev/sdX /dev/sdY. It should only take a few minutes and then you can put the 8TB in. If it boots up then it may be something with auto format. Since the 64 bit bug was not fixed, if you check the recording space on that drive it should be a little over 200 hours of recording time. If that is the case, then run MFSR on that 8TB drive. It should create a 8TB drive with 8TB of recording space.

    If the 8TB did not boot, then consider to run a test with the drive hooked to the TiVo but powered by an external power supply. If that doesn't work. Time to think and scratch head more.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2016
  15. Dec 3, 2016 #835 of 886
    ggieseke

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    I haven't had time to test 20.6.3 yet, but if jmbach says it works I believe him. You could also try pulling the drive right after the green screen and see if mfsr recognizes it. The typical time for the auto-format to complete is just over 3 minutes on a Roamio, and if it makes it far enough into that process there should be enough of a file system to work with.
     
  16. Dec 3, 2016 #836 of 886
    maelstr0m

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    I've only got a single external HDD Dock, so t.This sounds like I'll need to open up the computer to have both connected at the same time.
     
  17. Dec 3, 2016 #837 of 886
    Zombo

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    Ok, tried seeing if MFS Reformatter would work -- unfortunately in this case it doesn't. Here's what I see:

    "Series5 5589.03 GB WDC WD60 EFRX-68L0BN1 found.

    Click File -> Reformat TiVo Drive to continue."

    (Click File -> Reformat)

    Final warning pop-up

    (Click OK)

    Error window pops-up. "MFS volume header not found"

    (Click OK)

    Error window pops-up. "Line 337, Error 0xFFFFFFFF (4294967295)" etc.

    Next test: using an external power supply for the 6TB drive.
     
  18. Dec 3, 2016 #838 of 886
    Zombo

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    External power supply does not help. The green screen still lasts 1~2 seconds before rebooting. My assumption is that something is interfering with the auto-formatting -- maybe with this particular type of drive? It gets far enough into the process so that MFSR recognizes it as a TiVo drive, but can't do anything with it...
     
  19. Dec 3, 2016 #839 of 886
    jmbach

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    Run a quick erase on it and see if it will boot up in the TiVo.
    Is this a normal red or one out of an external enclosure.
     
  20. Dec 3, 2016 #840 of 886
    jmbach

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    BTW, is the Roamio is updated to the latest OS. We did see that behavior with earlier OSes
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016

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