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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. Mar 29, 2011 #821 of 2843
    richsadams

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    The fact that it crashed is even more worrisome. It's beginning to have the earmarks of a failing hard drive. If it gives you some more grief you might want to consider running some of the Kickstarts, particularly KS54 (SMART). It's not fool-proof but it may give you an indication of pending HDD failure.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showpost.php?p=5643823&postcount=2

    It may be nothing but I'd start preparing for a worst case situation by transferring any recordings you can't live without (TiVo Desktop or KMTTG) JIC.
     
  2. Apr 7, 2011 #822 of 2843
    sirfergy

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    I upgraded my Premiere to a 1TB drive but now want to go to 2TB. Do I need to use the original disk or can I use the 1TB disk?
     
  3. Apr 7, 2011 #823 of 2843
    retiredqwest

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    It all depends on how it was copied and by whom. Tivos will only operate with 16 partitions or less.

    To see what the 1TB has do the following.

    Connect just the 1TB..... no other drives. And run JMFS. After it loads, type X for exit and enter.

    At the command prompt type 'fdisk -l' and it should show the drive as a 1TB and 'dev/sba'. This could be different depending on how you attach the drive to the computer. I connect mine directly to the motherboard sata ports.

    Next type in '/root/mfslayout.sh /dev/sba' and hopefully it will scroll some info up the screen. If not make then you probably mistyped the aforementioned command.

    Holding <shift> and pressing the pageup key will scroll back through the screens.

    Look for this on your screen:

    1 : start= 1, size= 63 ( 31.50K), type='Apple_partition_map', name='Apple'
    13: start= 64, size= 343828320 (163.95G), type='MFS' , name='MFS media region 2'
    2 : start= 343828384, size= 1 (512.00b), type='Image' , name='Bootstrap 1'
    3 : start= 343828385, size= 16384 ( 8.00M), type='Image' , name='Kernel 1'
    4 : start= 343844769, size= 524288 (256.00M), type='Ext2' , name='Root 1'
    5 : start= 344369057, size= 1 (512.00b), type='Image' , name='Bootstrap 2'
    6 : start= 344369058, size= 16384 ( 8.00M), type='Image' , name='Kernel 2'
    7 : start= 344385442, size= 524288 (256.00M), type='Ext2' , name='Root 2'
    8 : start= 344909730, size= 262144 (128.00M), type='Swap' , name='Linux swap'
    9 : start= 345171874, size= 1048576 (512.00M), type='Ext2' , name='/var'
    14: start= 346220450, size= 6291456 ( 3.00G), type='Ext2' , name='SQLite'
    10: start= 352511906, size= 1638400 (800.00M), type='MFS' , name='MFS application region'
    12: start= 354150306, size= 1638400 (800.00M), type='MFS' , name='MFS application region 2'
    11: start= 355788706, size= 269353742 (128.44G), type='MFS' , name='MFS media region'

    This is from my stock drive and it shows 14 partitions.

    I'm guessing the 1TB has all 16 partitions in use. Hence, you will not be able to copy and expand that drive. You're stuck using the stock drive.

    BUT, if the 1TB only has 15 partitions you should be able to copy and expand it since JMFS only writes 1 new partition.

    I'd be curious if you try this and see what the results are.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2011 #824 of 2843
    sirfergy

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    Thanks, I'll try that when I get the chance.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2011 #825 of 2843
    MoneyMINTR

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    is there usage in JMFS to make a truncated back up image of the premier?
     
  6. Apr 7, 2011 #826 of 2843
    retiredqwest

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    no
     
  7. Apr 8, 2011 #827 of 2843
    MoneyMINTR

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    too bad. I just recycled my premier HD for a deteriorating series 3 hd.


     
  8. Apr 9, 2011 #828 of 2843
    hokie91

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    Ug, necer easy.... Used JMFS, USed WD 1.5TB EARS drive for Tivo Premiere, used CD boot methoid.. evertthuing went smooth....
    Followed directions,
    I did see on line about "splitting bad Blocks" in the copy, but that was it,

    Expand and supersize worked, set HD management which gave usual errors.... now tivo started up... then GSOD!!! AHHHHH!!!!

    Screen says let it run 3 hours,... I am not hopeful though.... any thoughts?

    Thanks
     
  9. Apr 9, 2011 #829 of 2843
    Stuxnet

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    What do you mean by... "set HD management which gave usual errors"?
     
  10. Apr 9, 2011 #830 of 2843
    hokie91

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    There have been other comments on the newer hard drives that they don't take the "quiet " settings. Error is probably a strong word... the msg was liek command not compatible... so it did not execute as far as I could tell... still ruinning GSOD... should I wait till tomorrow then try a rwecopy if it is still GSOD?

    TX

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    9) At this point you are done as far as the update goes although I highly recommend you carry out the next (optional) step which will set your drive to use aggressive power management (saving you money) and maximum acoustic silencing to keep your TiVo as quiet as possible. In my experience this command has no negatives and does not appear to impact TiVo's performance in any way. Issue the command:

    hdparm -k 1 -B 1 -M 128 /dev/sdb

    where /dev/sdb is the new TiVo drive. The options here have the following effect:

    -k 1 = keep settings after drive is powered off.
    -B 1 = set most aggressive power management mode.
    -M 128 = set acoustic management to as quiet as possible.
     
  11. Apr 9, 2011 #831 of 2843
    Stuxnet

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    I wouldn't expect the EARS to have problems with the acoustic setting, but that shouldn't keep you from booting. It's there to quiet your seek noise (I doubt the "aggressive power management" claim). What is the mfr date for your EARS? Did you reset the intellipark timing w/wdidle3? Some of the 2010 drives through September have issues with the default settings... usually it manifests itself a frozen boot-up from a soft reset, not typically from a hard reset (power off/power on) as you're seeing.

    If you haven't used wdidle3, I try that, and see if that solves your boot GSOD. If you've already done that, I'd re-download/burn jmfs live cd, checking the MD5 checksum before burning, and start over. Before you do that, run the extended WD diagnostics on your drive to be sure it comes up "faultless".
     
  12. Apr 13, 2011 #832 of 2843
    rspad53

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    My tivo hd with 500g wd expander was freezing up so
    i hastily picked a seagate,st31000322cs(1tb),
    it was stated as a 7 on the noise list.
    Hooked up on internal sata, I used winmfs in windows7 to copy/create the tivo image from my original tivo 160hd and all went smooth.
    Except the noise level, even from 9 feet was very noticable.

    So i ordered a wd15EVDS, nov 7 2010 mfg date, from newegg and to confirm some posts the packing was excellent, the oem drive was in
    bubble wrap, placed snugly in a small box and then packed with paper in a larger box.

    I now booted with my burned jmfs disk. It would not recognize the drives on my secondary Marvel controller(mb d975xbx2), so i had to put them in the primary.
    I now used jmfs to copy the winmfs seagate to the new wd.
    The winmfs seagate had 15 partitions on it. btw i had to type in the root dir this: './mfslayout.sh /dev/sba' it would not work without the dot (current dir) in front of the slash to show the partitions.
    The copy took 7.5 hours, i expanded and then checked for aam value, which was already set at 128.
    i did NOT do anything with intelipower. And did NOT supersize with jmfs but did run winmfs against drive which
    showed already supersized(as stated in thread).
    The new wd worked perfectly and no soft reboot problems. shows 237hd hours. this was so easy i dont know why i didnt do it sooner.
    Is it my imagination or is it booting quicker than it used to with the expander?
    thank you to Comer and to atmuscarella for giving me the link.
     
  13. Apr 17, 2011 #833 of 2843
    hokie91

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    Stuxnet,
    Thanks for the advice... I ran the WD diagnostics and none of the tests would not complete due to "too many bad sectors." I ended up running the "zero drive" option erasing the whole drive. Them ran the wdidle and teh process worked fine and tivo booted.

    No my question is do I trust that it was good or is the drive bad since it came up with all those bad sectors. I could return it and get another.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks again.. advice was right on the mark!
     
  14. Apr 17, 2011 #834 of 2843
    richsadams

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    Bad sector issues won't appear until the drive tries to write to those particular sectors. I would definitely return it if it were mine. Better now than when you have compiled a lot of recordings.
     
  15. Apr 17, 2011 #835 of 2843
    Stuxnet

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    @hokie91... I'm with Rich. I would return the drive. A bad sector isn't like a bad pixel. It often indicates an intrinsically faulty (or failing) drive. It might work fine for you for six months and then fail catastrophically.

    Since you've already copied over your stuff to the new drive, you might considered running Darik's Boot and Nuke on it before returning. And be sure to fully test the replacement drive when you first take it out of the box.
     
  16. Apr 17, 2011 #836 of 2843
    hokie91

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    Yea... I think I agree and thanks for the advice on wiping the drive. What a great COmmunity... I'd still be pulling my heair out without the help. NewEgg has the 1.5TB WD green EARS for 59.99 free shipping now.
     
  17. Apr 19, 2011 #837 of 2843
    lynnalexandra

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    I hope I'm on the right thread. So many seem to apply. Thanks to the responses here, I'm going to buy a Tivo Premier (I have the upgrade offer so it's $470 with lifetime) - and upgrade to a 2TB drive.

    I'd like to buy one of the pre-pared drives - by DVR dude or Tivo_Freak. put it in - andthen have comcast pair the cable cards. (I know I could use Comer's new program to prepare a 2TB drive but this is a terrible time personally to think I'll be able to get to that project between work and many ill family members.) my plan is to order the Tivo premier today.

    I want help deciding which upgrade2 TB drive to get. On Ebay, Tivo-Freak is selling a 2TB Samsung drive for $105. Seems a great price. But I don't know him as a seller (good ratings though) - and I don't know if Samsung is a good drive choice.

    Other possibility is to check back with DVR-Dude. I've dealt with him before and been very happy. Don't think the price will be that low - last I looked it was probably closer to $200. I don't recall which drives he uses, but I think I recall some WD drives - probably the ones liked here.

    Any thoughts on which 2TB upgraded drive to get?

    Thanks.
    Lynn.
     
  18. Apr 19, 2011 #838 of 2843
    Stuxnet

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    Since you're time limited, I wonder if you should be considering a 2TB upgrade so soon. Unless you're planning to install the new drive before you activate your TiVo, you could be looking at two truck rolls to pair and re-pair your cable card.

    If you're comfortable opening up your PC and swapping hard drives, you might reconsider the Comer process... a new 2TB HDD can be had for $80... and no additional truck roll is required.

    The Comer upgrade might seem less daunting once you've watched this video which is a walk through of the upgrade process.

    Video - Part II
     
  19. Apr 19, 2011 #839 of 2843
    lynnalexandra

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    Thanks for the link to the Youtube video.

    I am planning to install the new drive before setting up the Tivo and having Comcast do the cable cards. I'm comfortable putting in a pre-prepared drive. I've done that before and it was easy. I even did an upgrade by preparing the drive myself with winmfs. That turned out to have a few snafu's - but isn't too daunting. It's just knowing that I don't have those few hours to set aside. Setting aside the time interval to have Comcast come is the only interval I'll get for a few weeks. I'm working or out of town the next few weekends. So saving $50-100 to do the preparation myself isn't worth it right now - since I don't have the time.

    So I am wondering about which prepared drive to buy. Also - once I swap drives, do I set tivo up as much as I can prior to Comcast coming - or do they have to come first - and run set up with the cards inside?

    Thanks.
    Lynn.
     
  20. Apr 19, 2011 #840 of 2843
    richsadams

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    Hi Lynn. Go with DVR Dude. He has a good track record here and there have been issues with Samsung drives in the past (DVR Dude uses the recommended Western Digital drive.)

    The ideal situation is to run your TiVo for 30 days or so to be sure it's working properly. But if you want to install the new drive right away, then yes, once you've dropped the new drive into TiVo follow the pre-setup directions in the owner's guide (or here) to prepare it for the cable folks. (More here.)

    Here are a couple nice videos about it as well...

    http://www.tivo.com/setupandsupport/cablecard-wizard/index.html

    http://www.tivo.com/setupandsupport/tivo-hookup-wizard/index.html

    Hope that helps and enjoy your new TiVo!
     

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