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Premiere Drive Upgrade Instructions - with all-in-one jmfs Live CD

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by comer, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Never been a problem, just send back the old drive quickly and have a credit card that $150 off the credit line will not give you a problem.
     
  2. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I'm assuming that's per drive. I was hoping to send all the "borderline" drives, as in too sluggish for TiVo use anymore, in one shot. I've been letting them stack up to save on shipping and make it one thing to do. If $150 per drive, that'll leave me returning 1 or 2, and adding the rest to my wall of dead, and untrustworthy WD drives I didn't get to in time...

    Yet, I have drives that are over 10 years old, and still running.

    I've autopsied a few newer ones, from my computers, and you can see the Teflon on the fluid dynamic bearings wears off in the direction of gravity, which obviously would allow the platters to wobble. It can't help that some drives vibrate bad enough to move if not secured. Have learned that mounting drives vertically, ensures quicker death, but surprised that 24/7 drives can't keep such wear from happening. Maybe the 7200RPM drives still running keep the float, avoiding the contact wear, and the low RPM/variable speed green drives don't. Well, I won't clog up the thread with this any further, and will talk to WD. Thanks, everybody. Feel free to PM if you have any further ideas/thoughts, perhaps a pointer to a thread devoted to such matters.
     
  3. lessd

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    The drives have to be in warranty for the RMA to work, I think you can do 10 drives at a time, I have only done a single drive at one time.
     
  4. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Yes, I understand that. The drives that I started out talking about are all in warranty for a week and then they won't be anymore. This is because I purchased them all on the same date, but have just been stacking them up as they became problematic, recycling them back into service if they just needed re-imaging. They're no longer within acceptable read performance thresholds for use in TiVo, or for anything that read errors would be a problem with.
     
  5. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Just get them back to WD, you do not have to use your credit card if you don't need advance replacement, just send back your old drives and WD will send out the replacements when they get your old drives, just get a RMA for each drive.
     
  6. tlwizard

    tlwizard New Member

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    I have a Premiere XL that I moved from one room to the other. When I plugged it in the other room, it kept rebooting in the Welcome Screen bootup. The drive was also making a repeated high pitch pattern of noise.

    Opened everything up, hooked the hard drive up to a computer, and the drive is unrecognizable in disk management. Won't boot, won't start, won't nothing. I do not have a back up of the drive.

    Will ggieseke 's program or image allow me to get this Tivo (with lifetime) (model TCD748000) hopefully back up and running? I have another WD Green 1TB at the ready. Don't even care about increasing storage size. Just don't want to lose the Tivo.

    Thanks!
     
  7. jmbach

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    The short answer is yes. The Tivo drive should be present but uninitialized in Windows disk management. Do not let windows disk management do anything to the drive. I would download the manufacturer drive diagnostics and run any non destructive test on the drive. See what it says about the drive. Probably the drive is bad and ggieseke's program may be able to back up the drive and you can restore it on another drive. But if the original is bad you may be making a bad copy. Worth a shot. You can pm ggieseke and he may be able to get you an image you can restore to the new drive. You won't have any of your shows but you'll have your TiVo back.
     
  8. tlwizard

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    Thanks for the response. To be clear, the drive doesn't even appear in disk management and the WD diagnostics Is also unable to find it. I don't think there's anything I can salvage, unfortunately.

    I'll send ggieseke a pm and see if I can apply the image to a fresh drive to save the Tivo.
     
  9. tlwizard

    tlwizard New Member

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    Just wanted to say that ggieseke hooked me up with the image and everything's working perfectly. And the DvrBARS program he created made it all super easy too!
     
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    pbhm

    pbhm New Member

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    My Tivo Premiere (TCD746320) HD failed and not able to recover any type of image. I read in this forum that such image may be around. I am new to this forum (as of today) so any direction as how the image can be transferred to me would be helpful.
     
  11. May 1, 2013 #2191 of 2843
    ggieseke

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    PM sent. Welcome to the community. ;)
     
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    jmbach

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    Would first download DvrBARS and wait for ggieseke to see your post and he will then probably pm you with an image.
     
  13. tom gonzalez

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    Thanks Comer, I just doubled my premiere to 143 hours! it took about 3 hours to copy, expand, & supersize.
     
  14. ftballpack

    ftballpack New Member

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    Hey guys,

    So, I am not sure if I should be posting this here or another thread. I bought a premiere back in 2011 and shortly after purchasing it, I upgraded the HD to a WD20EURS using Comer's method. I choose not to supersize the drive as I figured the negative disk space reading might confuse the wife....

    Here is my problem, the drive while playing video back, tends to at times start pulsing. The video would be playing fine and then eventually I get a strange pulse activity. The video and audio studders for about 5 seconds and then eventually the disk recovers and it keeps playing. This happens with both live TV and recorded programming. Other people have had similar problems occur as can be seen by these two following reviews on newegg:

    h t t p://w w w.newegg.c o m/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-783&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&SelectedRating1=1&Keywords=pulse&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    (just remove the extra spaces from the link provided, I literally am one post short of being allowed to post links)

    I am not sure what to do guys. I am considering buying a WD20EZRX and just doing the widdle3 thing to made it compatible with TiVo and swapping out the drives.

    When I originally installed the WD20EURS I never got these errors and now over time they have just become so frequent/annoying I am not sure if I can stand it anymore.

    Any advice guys?
     
  15. jmbach

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    Run the manufacturer diagnostic on the drive and run any non destructive test. Could also use a program called HDD Guardian to look at the drive SMART results and to see if the drive is starting to reassign sectors. If it is, the drive needs to be replaced. Recertifying it is a temporary fix only.
     
  16. tom gonzalez

    tom gonzalez New Member

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    A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my premiere drive to a 1Tb (seagate st31000340ns) I had laying around. My Tivo is working fantastic with the larger drive. Last night I noticed this drive is loud. I can hear the heads clicking from the next room. I don't think the drive is failing because the Tivo is working great. Is anybody else using this drive notice how loud it is?
     
  17. Shastada

    Shastada New Member

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    I have a similar issue. My mom's Tivo died and I need to replace the hard drive. If you have a way to access the image I would be much appreciated. Thanks!
     
  18. ggieseke

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    What model number do you need an image for?
     
  19. Shastada

    Shastada New Member

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    Its a Premiere, the model number on the back shows TCD746320. Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  20. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    I sent you a PM with links to the image and DvrBARS.
     

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