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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. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    well it recongizes the tivo drive, but says "the MFS structure can not be verified on this drive - probably due to an error" I can still copy it tho.... is that a big issue? Should I still be fine to copy it?
     
  2. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    finally, it is copying.... thank goodness I made an error with the first dock I ordered, and have not sent it back yet and have second dock..... so two dual docks each with one drive..... tho if I only would have known the dock might not have worked, would have tried something else (on another positive note, geek squad at best buy was able to determine I didnt screw up my motherboard, my graphics card was messed up and still under warranty)...... and st this rate (copying a 1TB drive to a 2 TB drive, i thin it is gonna take awhile, i think I saw someone (either in the comments here or on the youtube video that told me to come here) say it took them 15 hrs
     
  3. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    What the brand of dock do you have.
    How is it connected to the computer: USB3, USB2, eSata.

    Is the TiVo drive you are trying to recognize a working drive or one that is having problems.

    What is the history of the image on the drive. Native image, downloaded image, expended image.
     
  4. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    the brand is EZO Ware... it is what I could find on amazon.... well it is made to be able to do usb 3, but using with usb 2 on comp.....

    yes the TiVo drive started having reboot issues the other day

    history of image of drive??

    i have another brand dock i am using for the blank drive, so usine 2 docks and it seemed to be working, until it said "Copy did not finish successfully" and ask if i want to retry when i say yes, it tries again but quickly displays same message


    message:
    ddrescue: write error: input/output error
    Copy did not finish successfully. Wold you like to retry?
     
  5. lpwcomp

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    John's...
    You may need to install a fresh image on the new drive. You'll lose all of the settings and recordings, but it is better than nothing.
     
  6. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    and how would I do a fresh image? I would I get access to it?


    I would up exiting out of it, to try again. Now I cant get the software to recognize the new drive, i even tried formatting it, to see if that would allow it to be recognized..... this has become such a hassle... it seems like so many people had no problems, and i have just had one after another


    i guess ill try a bit more..... but i may just have to call tivo and see about getting a new one :(

    I think they said, with me being out of warranty for almost a year, i could get a new one same model for like 150, plus 200 to transfer my lifetime service
     
  7. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    Go to this thread and ask for a link to an image for your model.

    You'll also need to acquire the DvrBARS software. It's free.
     
  8. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    PM sent.
     
  9. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    ok i got both things.... the DVrBARS software says it copies a tivo drive..... if i am using the fresh image, how do i need to put it on the blank drive?


    Also the fresh image is a zip file and when i click on it to open it says it is invalid, and when i try to extract it, it says it is empty
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    DvrBaRS stands for Digital Video Recorder Backup And Restore Software.

    You use DvrBARS to restore the compressed image (that was created by using DvrBARS to backup someone else's working drive) to the new drive. You do not unzip it.

    Attach the new drive to your computer. Run DvrBARS. Select the "Restore" option, enter the location of the image file and the drive to which you wish it restored. After it completes, put it in your TiVo, start it up and run a "Clear & Delete Everything".
     
  11. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    so after doing that, do i still need to run the jmfs program to expand or supersize.... the new drive is 2 TB
     
  12. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    Presumably, the image is from a stock drive, so the answer is yes, you need to use JMFS to expand and supersize.

    Do that before putting it in the TiVo.

    Also, sorry to ask if you posted this earlier, but what is the make and model of the new drive?
     
  13. oneill25

    oneill25 New Member

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    make and model of new drive is: WD 20EUEX - 63T0FY0, it is an AV drive



    edit: Well now this DvrBARS software is not recognizing the new drive
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Greg is probably going to have to help you at this point. You might try closing DvrBARS, unplugging the drive and plugging it back in and then restarting DvrBARS or even rebooting your computer. Or doing it with your laptop.
     
  15. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    You do have to unzip the download to extract the .VHD file that DvrBARS uses. If Windows won't recognize it as a valid zip file try downloading a fresh copy. The MD5 hash for that particular zip file should be 392401741E1865E15DFEF8B26BA6034F.

    DvrBARS will recognize any drive that Windows Disk Manager can see as an uninitialized blank drive. If you already hooked up the 2TB and let Disk Manager initialize it you will have to delete any volumes or partitions in DM. There's an option to show mounted drives in DvrBARS, but as a safety precaution it won't overwrite one - you have to do that manually. I took the coward's approach so that nobody would say "that &#% Greg wiped my files. :D

    The TCD748000 image that I sent you came from my own factory fresh XL and it was never powered up. You might even be able to skip the C&DE step, but you will still have to use jmfs to expand it from 1TB to 2TB.
     
  16. lpwcomp

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    Sorry for putting out the misinformation. I thought the vhd file was already compressed and that zipping it wouldn't reduce the size. My bad.
     
  17. cfcubed

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    Last week the 2- or 3-yr old 1TB WD DVR expander on my Premiere died so I ordered another (the newest 1TB model). But not a big fan of the external drive thing & unsure of the life left in my Tivo's internal 320GB drive, decided I'd pull the new 1TB expander HD & fit it into the Tivo. Did something similar to an S2 years back using tools directly (mfslive?).

    Having migrated to Macs in 2009 only have an old eMachines & a $75 ebay Dell for my CNC setup to work with. Problems: both had only 2 MB SATA ports, eMachine's CD/DVD drive is shot, Dell's HD power cable way too short & connected to buried HD. Found longish SATA cables BUT neither PC could do the job alone, so power from the eMachines + SATA/CD-ROM from Dell did the trick:

    [​IMG]

    Of course taking ESD precautions... About 4 hrs later popped the 1TB in and if I'd WAITED 15-30 mins for Tivo to boot all the way to LiveTV then all would be well. Important to wait for full Tivo reboot, I didn't at first & hit the Tivo button after 15 mins or so when it had a blank screen - Got to view settings & it spontaneously rebooted. All was fine after that only because I let it boot all the way until it showed LiveTV.

    Tossed comer some $$, of course, for this nice utility - easier & less stress than I remember my DT upgrade being:)
     
  18. turbo327

    turbo327 Ret Network Janitor

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    My apology in advance if this is OBE info and is here somewhere, or there is an updated procedure the OP has provided??

    Searches return zip for me... re: the new WD 2TB drive WD20EURX, which is the WD replacement/follow-on to the WD20EURS. I understand the WD20EURS's after January 2013 are said to be coming from WD with the Intellipark featured disabled. So... any need to run WDIdle3 utility on a the 'newer' WD20EURX? (Darn WD... I cannot keep up here)

    Thanks in advance to the OP (Comer) and all who have piled on here since!! PayPal sent to ya Comer. Get it ice cold and let me know! :)

    (Going to update my Premiere 4 XL to 2TB, its got 4 years on it and just want to be sane... )

    Gerry-
     
  19. turbo327

    turbo327 Ret Network Janitor

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    Seems like an essential jury rig to me. :D Old PCs just sometimes have to serve some purpose!

    Comer hopefully will be chillin' some cool ones from me tonight as well.
     
  20. Feb 4, 2014 #2460 of 2843
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    scoombs Member

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    I would appreciate some guidance on best approach to upgrade a 746320 for my in-laws, that is not geographically near to me. Basically, which will be simplest (mainly for them), though I see no way to eliminate their need to open the box and swap drives:

    - Have them ship me the original drive, copy/expand and ship new drive back to them.
    - Get a donor base image, restore/expand and ship to them, C&DE.
    - Get a donor 2TB image (if available), restore and ship to them, C&DE.
    - Any way to use my Elite as a donor image, ship to them, C&DE?

    Thanks
     

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