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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. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Did you do the initial DvrBARS restore with a backup from that TiVo, or my 746 image? If you used my image, run Clear & Delete Everything to "marry" the drive to the motherboard.
     
  2. RandallW

    RandallW New Member

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    Ahh, missed that info. Running that process now. Thanks! Sending you a follow-up PM as well. =)
     
  3. bryansee

    bryansee New Member

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    Just received a used TCD746320. I could really use that as well. The hard drive is bad and ddrescue is having a hard time with it.

    I have a spare drive I can re-image.
     
  4. Hi8

    Hi8 TiVoPro - wanabe!

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  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    It should still be good for storage in a PC if the TiVo doesn't like it.
     
  6. Hi8

    Hi8 TiVoPro - wanabe!

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    yeah, that's what I figured... I ordered one w/free shipping ...

    I should know in a week or so.
     
  7. Camlee98

    Camlee98 New Member

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    Hi TCD652160 that has issues connecting via wireless. So I picked up a TCD746500 for a good price. So will I be able to use this process or does it only work when going from premiere to premiere (or series 4 to 4)? If it does work what about the transferring of service? Do I do that before or after I upgrade.
     
  8. Camlee98

    Camlee98 New Member

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    Ok so a little more digging and I found my answer. No I can not use this to go from a S3 to a S4. I kinda figured that anyway. I would still like to know if I should do the upgrade before transfering the service?
     
  9. ggieseke

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    I don't think it really matters. Just get the 746 up & running, updated to latest software, expanded, etc and then if everything is fine pull the trigger.
     
  10. Camlee98

    Camlee98 New Member

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    Sounds good! So I can do all of the above without activating?
     
  11. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    haystax77

    haystax77 New Member

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    I've been reading through the thread and I think I found the answer to my question but wanted to post this to confirm.

    Based on what I read, the partitioning with the Tivo Premiere won't allow (or won't recognize/use) anything more than 2TB. Is that correct?

    If that is correct than my second question of whether anyone has tried to upgrade a Premiere with the WD AV-GP 3TB AV Video Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA II, 64 MB Cache - WD30EURS, is mute. Saw this one on Amazon for ~$145 and had me curious if it would work.

    Thanks.
     
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    ggieseke

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    AFAIK, 2TB is still the limit for a Premiere. It might be possible someday given what we've learned from the Roamio rollout, but none of the existing tools will work.
     
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    kparcher

    kparcher New Member

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    Hello,

    I am new to posting but have been looking at this site for many years. My Premiere (TCD746320) with a 2GB drive (WD20EURS) had an s03 error. I rebooted and now it just loops with the GSOD. Running a windlg scan of the drive shows that it does have about 200 bad sectors. Western Digital will RMA the drive, but I am concerned the tivo image is corrupted.

    Can someone please share the image for that tivo and can I use DVRBARS to restore? I am not concerned with saving my shows or settings I just want to get the system back up and running.

    Thanks in advance!
    Kevin
     
  15. Sep 8, 2013 #2355 of 2843
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    PM sent.
     
  16. Sep 8, 2013 #2356 of 2843
    kparcher

    kparcher New Member

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    Thank You ggieseke! The Tivo is back up and running. I am just working my way through the guided setup now.

    Again, I very much appreciate your help and I am sure others do as well!

    Kevin
     
  17. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Active Member

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    out of curiosity, how long was the WD drive running in the Tivo before it failed?
     
  18. shoeboo

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    Safety...
    Nevermind, Kickstart 57 fixed things...

    I have a premiere (with 1TB expander) that recently began a reboot loop, I ran a kickstart 54 and it came up with "fail 7" on my primary drive. I unmarried my expander hoping for some reason it would help but same result.
    I then attached HDD to PC and ran extended WD diagnostic tool in dos (never connected in windows) and it didn't come back with any errors.
    I have plenty of spare HDDs, so I ran JMFS CD figuring I would try and copy to new HDD but the software couldn't find my Tivo Partitions. At this point I figured drive may not be bad so I grabbed the HDD out of my other working premiere (same model but with 500gb expander) and copied that over to original HDD using JMFS. On first boot I unmarried the 500gb expander from broken Tivo, but I am still not able to boot (now get past Almost there... and a light blue one moment screen with circle comes up and then reboots) and now kickstart 54 completes with no errors.
    Is copying image from married Premiere a problem? Something else I am missing? I know I would need to C&D everything once it boots up but can't get to that point.
    Thanks,
    Brandon
     
  19. hfcsyrup

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    I am upgrading a stock P4 unit. I have a spare External My Book Essential 2TB WDBACW0020HBK-NESN i plan on using, dont want to have to sell this and buy a WD20eurs. I only have my laptop and one usb-sata cable. Can i upgrade with this my book in the enclosure as if it is external and once the process is done, take the drive out and put it in the tivo? I have a lot of shows to transfer so i cant transfer them to c and then to the new drive...
    also i read somewhere the my book has another partition or two so not sure if that is an issue.

    also what is the best way to transfer shows from my other tivohd and keep the most metadata? i wanted to use kmttg and pytivo, but have read both that direct pulling from the premiere would keep more metadata, though that is way more work. does using tivo desktop keep different metadata than kmttg?
     
  20. lpwcomp

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    John's...
    While the most metadata retention used to require transferrinng to a PC, then pulling from the PC via pyTivo, when the destination TiVo is a Premiere this seems to no longer be true and a direct TiVo to TiVo transfer works just as well. I would suggest trying a couple both ways and seeing what happens.

    There are a some advantages to the direct xfer
    1. it generally has no problems with minor glitches that might cause a transfer to the PC to fail to complete.
    2. closed captions are intact.
    3. Less total time.

    Using kmttg and pyTivo to transfer to PC and push to the TiVo retains the least amount of metadata.
     

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