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MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

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

  1. godsey1

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    Scott that was it. I put it to cookeville and the entire guide is populated. Thanks for helping.

    Tony
     
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Sure, you could also report the channel issues for your zip code so they get that lineup fixed. Might help another TiVo owner in your zip code. :)

    Scott
     
  3. godsey1

    godsey1 Member

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    Ok. Thanks again.
     
  4. c3nav1

    c3nav1 New Member

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    ggieseke,
    I used your MFSR 1.0.0.4 on my Tivo Roamio with a 4TB WD AV Green EURX (the good one) using a technician PC with a SATA connection and it worked like a charm with 638 HD / 4398 SD hours.
    I have an old Series2 w/ lifetime service and I just pulled the trigger on the $99 lifetime service transfer with new Tivo Bolt purchase ($300 total). I would like to just pull the 500GB and replace it with the largest 2.5" drive that I can use -- would really like to know what you and others in the know recommend. I have seen 3TB, 4TB, and now 5TB drives in the 2.5" form factor, just not sure what works or is the best, but I assume the 5400 RPM models would be the best ... I wonder if they are still limited to 1.5GB/s?

    I also have a 3TB WD AV Green EURX (also the good one). I bought this one initially before I found your MFSR software since it could be used in the Roamio without modification. Do you (or anybody else out there) know what E-SATA case would work for this drive to add this extra storage to the new Bolt?

    BTW I sent you a $30 donation on 3/11/17 for your great software :)
     
  5. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    AFAIK, I recently (yesterday) searched on Amazon and there was only 1 2.5" drive available and its a 4TB. There were also a bunch of 2TB ones.

    Yes, 5400/5900 RPM drives are recommended in all Tivos, The 7400+ RPM drives would use more power and produce more heat, plus no benefit.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2017 #926 of 936
    Andrew Macaulay

    Andrew Macaulay Tivo Upgrade Newbie

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    Hi,
    This is my first time trying to upgrade a 1 TB bolt.
    I used an external 3.5 In housing (Rosewill Armer RX304-APU3-35B - External 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA Connection, Aluminum Body, 80 mm Variable Speed Fan with On / Off Switch, LED Display Panel-Newegg.com)

    SATA to ESATA external Cable Addonics Product: eSATA Port for Panel Mount to Left Angle SATA Cable
    The Tivo views this as an internal drive although it is physically external.

    The expensive part = a 8TB Western Digital Red drive - WD Red 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD80EFZX-Newegg.com
    Although I was lucky and got it used on ebay for cheaper.

    All in all - the process was fairly easy.
    The biggest stumbling block for me was understanding what an error meant at the MFRS1004 software setup.
    In my case I was plugging the new drive into the computer via ESATA. The software did not like that I had an A: drive already in the computer. The error message was fairly cryptic.
    I stumbled across the solution by linking the hard drive via Internal SATA connection Vs ESata cable into a port in the computer. I disconnected the existing A: drive to open up the connection and it worked fine. - Perhaps adding that the PC can not have an A: drive would be useful in the instructions.

    Other posting show drilling a slot in the back of the TIVO bolt to hook up the ESATA connector. I did not do that - all I did was leave the TIVO case unclicked in one corner and slipped the cable out the opening. Not as pretty but a whole lot easier - especially as you don't see the back of the bolt during use.

    Now I am a happy camper with 1,283 HD or 8,849 SD recording hours.

    I now need to make a donation - I bookmarked the link during the MFRS process - the link is timebound & I guess I waited too long.

    Thanks you all for making this upgrade process so easy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  7. Apr 1, 2017 #927 of 936
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Glad you got it working! I don't know why it didn't like an eSATA connection, but some computers like my Lenovo D30 have multiple busses and separate drivers for each one. I can't use the eSATA connection because it already has 8 internal drives (the max).

    If you really want to donate, the first post in this thread has a button for that. ;)
     
  8. Apr 8, 2017 #928 of 936
    krkaufman

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  9. Bruzer

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    Looking forward to installing a 3TB Toshiba MQ03ABB300 HD in my new 500GB Bolt. I realize I don't need to use mfsr, but I figured I might as well configure my HD as best I can before I start using it.

    Just a couple questions:

    1. The original instructions are for the Roamio, but I assume it will be the same for the Bolt (let it auto-format, then power off at the first Guided Setup), correct? Do I just unplug the Bolt to do the power off?

    2. Once I've run mfsr and returned the HD to the Bolt, how much of the setup can be done without a CableCard? I plan to pull the CableCard from my Premiere, then pair it with the Bolt, but I'm not sure when that needs to happen. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Bruzer
     
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    You would not need to power off, or even do MSFR for up to 3TB and use the full capacity.
     
  11. Bruzer

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    Right, I realize I don't *need* to use msfr. I was simply trying to gain the benefits of using it:
     
  12. jmbach

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    You can do the whole setup without a cableCARD. You just won't see any of your channels. When going through guided setup, just choose the option that states you will get the cableCARD later.
     
  13. Eric Miller

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  14. Bruzer

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    Thanks jmbach. Things worked just as you said. Honestly, getting my old cableCARD paired with my new Bolt was the hardest part of the entire process. I called the number for Comcast cableCARD, but their system somehow transferred me to their regular support team. It was literally 30 minutes before the support person was able to work with someone else to get the pairing in place!

    Speaking of cableCARDs, I have a couple questions:

    1. Can I get my Premiere to work without a cableCARD? I have one of those DTA boxes from Comcast. Will that work with the Premiere?

    2. If I need a cableCARD for the Premiere, does that need to be obtained from Comcast, or is that something I can just purchase elsewhere, then contact Comcast to get it paired?

    Thanks again.

    Bruzer
     
  15. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    No, you will need to get a CableCARD to receive Comcast cable content.

    No, you need to get the CableCARD from Comcast. They won't pair one that doesn't belong to them.

    Scott
     
  16. Bruzer

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    Thank you Scott!
     

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