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Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by tivoupgrade, Oct 4, 2004.
140 hrs is what you get with 160 gigs.
Cool, thanks for answering. So, is it using the whole disk or is it only using 127GB (or whatever it is)?
If you plan to use tpip to initialze a swap space larger than 128MB for a Series 2 TiVo, it probably won't work correctly unless you include this option:
See my thread:
or read this one:
for more details.
And to keep your programs when you upgrade from an upgrade, the easiest way (perhaps the only way).... just keep your old drive handy for when you want your old programs!
Hi I tried to add a second B 400GB drive to my DirectTivo R10 last night using the the Upgrade CD with LBA48 support. It did't work. All the mfstools seemed to respond correctly telling me I had over 500 hours but when I installed the drives back in the tivo it would get past powering up. I finally had to restore the backup to the A drive just to get it working. I am quite sure I had the jumpers correctly Master (A)/Slave(B)
So my question is will a 400GB drive work as a B drive in an R10? How do I know if my kernel in my R10 will support a large drive pver 137GB? Can someone type out the mfsadd command I need to use to bless the new B drive? I don't know about this swap space thing. Thanks for any help.
The R10 kernel does support drives larger than 137 out of the box. I have a 300GB single drive running flawlessly for over a week.
You could try using this program it seems to be able to override the size error your getting. TiVoMad v3.2
1. Run this command from the floppy you downloaded to setup your 400GB B Drive (BlessTiVo /dev/hdX).
2. Put the drive back in your TiVo, now your DVR should accept this disk and update your available hours.
I found the problem. I downloaded the weaknees ISO and the mfsadd needed the -r 4 for large drive 300GB+
The command is:
mfsadd -r 4 -x /dev/hdX /dev/hdZ
I now have 421 hours
the mfsadd command you've documented works fine on the PTVupgrade CD, as well and you should no problem using the CD in conjunction with either of our compitors' how-to guides.
alternatively, using the BlessTiVo command on the "add-on" drive is always a safer alternative than mfsadd in situations like these, better to leave your primary drive untouched, and simply prepare your secondary drive the old-school way.
People have had problems with BlessTivo too on large drives, so I'm not sure I'd agree with the characterization that it is always safer. It does not leave your primary drive untouched: as soon as you boot your tivo with the new "blessed" drive, they are married, and if something went wrong, it's hard to undo. That may mean you may have to start over with a clean image and lose recordings.
See these threads http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=2862470, http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=239132 for some examples of people who had trouble with BlessTivo but succeeded with mfsadd -r 4.
I'm interested in upgrading my hi def DirecTivo, the HR110-250, using PTVnet. But rather than replacing my current HD (its only 4months old) I'd rather have an add-on kit. This will make allow not only networking, but also have a dual drive with lots of hard drive space.
Is there any way to do this? I don't see this option.
Agreed. I should have qualified that a bit more... I've not had any problems using BlessTiVo when adding drives. And if one is adding a drive, one should always have a backup; typically I recommend replacing which essentially forces one to keep the original in case of problems down the road.
In the old days, I could just use the old MFStools, and it would recognize the 160G drives as 137s, and no problem. (I'm trying to upgrade a TIVO II that doesn't have the LBA 48 support) Can I still do that with the new CD?
If you really only want to use the first 137GB, just use Tyger's original CD... I don't think there's a way to only expand partially, and that's what you'd need to accomplish what you want on an LBA48-compatible CD such as PTVupgrade's.
However, all Series2's have LBA48 support once they've been upgraded to software version 5.x or higher. You can put your TSN on the priority list at http://research.tivo.com/tivotogo/, and it should get software version 7.1 within a few days (unless it's a DVD burner unit, but I think most of them came with 5.x anyway).
azitnay, would that include HDVR2's? I've seen it said here that it's a Series2 and other times that it's not. Pretty sure mine has 7.1.x on it already.
I don't know much about DirecTV units... You most likely have software version 6.x. I don't know the LBA48 status of that software version.
Ah. Ok. You may be right. I'll check the version again when I get home.
If you have an HDVR2 with the latest software, it has version 6.2 which has an LBA48 kernel.
You should be able to:
1) Remove your original hard drive and replace it with the PTVnet hard drive.
2) Add your original hard drive as a second hard drive to give you more space.
Thanks. Since I'm not a tech guy, another question: would I have to wipe out my original HD to make sure that I don't have 2 sets of Tivo software (one on new drive, one on old) ??
The mfsadd command you use to add the original drive back will take care of wiping it clean.