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MFStools Boot CD - LBA48 Boot Disk for ALL TiVo Models

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by tivoupgrade, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Yes, the mfstool commands aren't specific to the WeaKnees CD, and can be used on the PTVupgrade CD or any other method of running MFS Tools 2.0.

    Drew
     
  2. windhorny

    windhorny New Member

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    O.k., so I downloaded Instant Cake and it seems to work really well on any drive i throw at it. But when I stick the drive in the tivo it doesnt go any further than the start up screen.

    Does instant cake put the software image on for you? I assume it does since I remember something about version 3.01. How would I tell if ti were the tivo that was bad?
     
  3. ycartf

    ycartf I Samuel 16:7

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    I will begin by saying I HAVE scanned the posts in this section.

    After limited success at upgrading with MFS tools, old HD and the like, I broke down and bought an InstantCake CD for my S1 Philips 212. I used it (SIMPLE - and with great success) to make a dual-drive setup consisting of 2-120GB HDs. I would like to know if there is some way to utilize this LBA48 with the InstantCake CD and not having to use MFS tools? I would potentially want to do this for installing a 160GB HD (or possibly 2) in the future. I have limited "savviness" at the more complicated workings of this, so please forgive me. Thanks for any and all help or knowledge anyone may be able to give me.
     
  4. Michael_M

    Michael_M New Member

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    I have a Sony SAT T-60 that I upgraded along time ago the single 120HD in it now is failing -- so I have the opportunity to upgrade beyone 120 that didn't exist years ago - I'll probably use instacake to do the upgrade

    My question is this -- what is the best scenario -- I don't need an outrageous amount of storage - I basically want to save movies

    One (1) 300 gig drive
    Two (2) 160 gig drives

    I am wondering about 2 drives in so far as they are married and if one fails then you have complications with both --

    thanks
     
  5. tivoupgrade

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    One drive is better than two.. statistically, with two drives, your chance of a drive failure is twice that of a drive failure if you are only using one drive. With that said, its not *that* big a difference overall - whatever you pick: ensure you run manufacturer's diagnostics on your drive prior to installing it in your TiVo (we recommend the 'advanced' and 'low-level format' tests, whenever possible...
     
  6. PhatheadWRX

    PhatheadWRX New Member

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    tivoupgrade, I have a TCD 24004A and was upgraded with a second drive that has just failed. I ordered your 240XXX [7.1b] InstantCake. That will work for me, correct? It is an older TiVo, but I did have the latest version on it when it failed Friday.

    I know the 7.1b has LBA48 to work for my new 250 GB drive I just ordered. I'm pretty sure it will all work, just would be nice to get some reassurance from you :D
     
  7. Michael_M

    Michael_M New Member

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    Thanks for the views! -- I have a cachecard to be installed the i purchased from PTVupgrade -- It seems a tight very tight fit inside the T60 with one drive let alone 2

    What is your experience / learnings about putting the cachecard in the T-60 with 2 drives?

    thanks

    Michael
     
  8. tivoupgrade

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    yes, it should work; please refer to the release notes for more information
     
  9. tivoupgrade

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    We don't recommend it; we also don't sell dual-drive kits with the CacheCard for the SAT-T60 specifically for that reason. (are you sure you didn't purchase that CacheCard from 9thTee? - we don't sell them separately). With that said, it IS possible to install both drives in the unit with a CacheCard, but it is a very tight fit, and you could break something. I'd recommend you start a separate thread in the underground if you have problems or questions about that - this thread is really for support of our upgrade CD.
     
  10. PhatheadWRX

    PhatheadWRX New Member

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    I have read them numerous times, but they do not seem to give a definative answer that it will work.

    My 24004A is 2 1/2 years old.
     
  11. tivoupgrade

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    TiVo TCD240040. TCD24004A, TCD240080, TCD24008A, TCD240140 [7.1b-01-2-240]

    You may use any drive or drives larger than 30GB. This version of InstantCake supports LBA48 (drives larger than 137GB) and has been tested to run on a drive set as large as 2x400GB.


    Clear as mud? ;-)
     
  12. ycartf

    ycartf I Samuel 16:7

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    I have a Philips HDR212 which I used InstantCake to upgrade to 2 new 120GB HDs. My question is - Can I utilize more than 137GB of bigger HDs (LBA48?) while only using InstantCake (and NOT having to use more complicated MFS tools or the like)? If so, is this a new version of InstantCake from the one I bought several months ago? What are the limitations of HD size? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  13. tivoupgrade

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    Yes. Please see the InstantCake release notes for more information on this.
     
  14. ycartf

    ycartf I Samuel 16:7

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    Thanks. I had seen what you referred to, but in my way of reading things as more complicated than they are, I wanted to make sure I did not have to use Linux / MFS tools / etc (anything else BESIDES the InstantCake CD). Would the CD I bought a few months ago (April of 2005) have this LBA48 support where all I have to do is cook a drive (up to 250GB) using the CD?

    Thanks
     
  15. tivoupgrade

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    You don't have to do anything other than use the InstantCake CD you already have for a 250GB drive; LBA48 support is already part of that release.
     
  16. ycartf

    ycartf I Samuel 16:7

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    THANKYOU!

    I LOVE InstantCake!
     
  17. Michael_M

    Michael_M New Member

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    Could you remind me about the sway file size when you go to 200g and 300g drive?

    is it still -s 127?
     
  18. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    For a 200GB drive, -s 127 is definitely fine. For a 300GB drive, you might want to look into -s 150 and tpip.

    Drew
     
  19. tecumuman

    tecumuman New Member

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    I am going through the process of upgrading my HR 10-250 so I can enable the USB ports on the back in order to utilize FTP and Telnet to transfer files.

    I first made a backup of the original drive and then proceeded to perform the modifications on the new drive. I was successful in taking the 3.1.5 kernel fromt he PTV CD to hcd6 and then applying killhdinitrd. After I did that, I made sure the drive booted properly in the TIVO box.

    The next step is where the problems are. When I attempt to mount hcd7 to /mnt/mnt7 I get the error message that I need to specify the file system. So instead of using hcd 7, I used hcd 4 and added the files to enable the USB ports and start the FTP and Telnet protocols. I then took the drive and booted it to the TIVO box. It booted up once just fine; however, when I shut it down and plugged in the Linksys 200M and rebooted it, it now is in an endless cycle of powering up. It is stuck on the "Welcome Powering Up" screen. If I remove the USB drive and reboot it, it still never gets past the Welcome screen.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    This is why we make backups!!!
     
  20. frodneb

    frodneb New Member

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    I have an eMachines T5026 that I am trying to use to upgrade my TiVo 80GB to a 300GB. My T5025 has 1 Standard IDE port for the DVD, CD drives and 1 SATA port for HD. I also have an additional IDE RAID (2 port) controller card for my 2nd HD. Any one had any luck upgrading TiVo drives in the type of configuration? When I run the PTV or the Weaknees or the IC programs they are all looking for hdc which is on the additional controller...and the upgrade software will not see the IDE controller? Any suggestions...any experience with this configuation? Also, can the upgrade software be run if I put the new TiVo drive on the IDE cable instead of one of the DVD/CD drives? Thanks in advance for any help.

    Rich
     

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