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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.

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    roberte94066

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    Just ran across a program named "iBored" that supposedly is a hex editor that will work with Tivo drives.
     
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    unitron

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    Provided you know what to edit.:(
     
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  4. jfh3

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    I am in the process of copying a Elite drive (WD20EURS) with the Comer tool.

    Can anyone who knows more about the Tivo file structure comment as to whether or not there could be reasons why they copy wouldn't book/run normally in an Elite? Is getting to the Tivo Central enough to verify the copied drive works (or should work) OK?
     
  5. generaltso

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    It's just doing a dd copy, so there's no reason the cloned drive shouldn't work. The real question is whether you'll be able to expand the copy, or whether a drive bigger than 2TB will work in an Elite at all. What size drive are you using?
     
  6. jfh3

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    That's what I thought - thanks.

    I'm using a WD20EARS drive (2TB); don't have a 3TB internal drive (though I may get one to try).
     
  7. generaltso

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    I've got a 3TB WD30EURS drive ready to test, but my Elite won't arrive from Weaknees until 10/17.
     
  8. unitron

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    If you get as far as TiVo Central then the drive works okay as far as booting and loading the operating system.

    As to whether it'll run into any problem actually recording shows to the MFS partitions, that's a separate question on which I can't offer any guarantees.

    You may have to experiment and report back for the benefit of others.
     
  9. resildoc

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    Hi-Plz forgive being neophyte, but...quick and perhaps a stupid question. Using a windows 7 computer, in advance of using jmfs, does the new virgin wd-ears drive need to be initialized/formatted or does booting from jmfs take care of this? Thanks, Joel:
     
  10. L David Matheny

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    JMFS takes care of formatting.
     
  11. lpwcomp

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    Do not, under any circumstances, make either the existing or the new drive available to windows. If this is a Premiere that you are upgrading, do not even boot up windows with the drives attached.

    Also, in case you are unaware, you will probably need to run wdidle3 on the new drive.
     
  12. resildoc

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    Thanks so much!
     
  13. resildoc

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    Hi Folks-You have recently been so helpful, another quick question:

    If jmfs clones the drive, and (a) my old drive with all "to-dos" etc. seems to not

    be the problem for replacement; (b) and I am receiving a new tivo, in your

    expert opinions, better to use jmfs with new tivo hard drive-->new 2 tb drive or

    old tivo hard drive-->new 2 tb drive to maintain previous info?

    Thanks, Joel.
     
  14. lpwcomp

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    Use the existing drive from whatever TiVo the new drive is going into. When you install a drive created from a different TiVo, one of the first things it does is a clear & delete everything. What you should do is set up the new TiVo, including CableCARD pairing (if required). Then do the upgrade using that drive. If your old TiVo is still working, you may be able to copy at least the Season Passes off and put them on the new TiVo using TiVos web site (if either ot both are TiVo 3s) or kmttg if they are both Premieres.
     
  15. resildoc

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    Thanks again, and will follow this lead. The new one should be a premiere, and what is "kmttg"? Can you direct me to a thread that has the info on how to pull the season passes?

    Also, one more question. I have the external wd external drive containing the old shows--and understanding that many say you cannot grab shows from these--since I will no longer be using an external drive is there a way to capture these shows? BTW, the TIVO that is being replaced will not boot with this drive plugged in, thus the replacement. I think that the external drive may be ok, and that it is the tivo receptacle that causes the continuous looping bootup...Any ideas? THANKS AGAIN. Joel.
     
  16. lpwcomp

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    kmttg is a free, third party application that is capable of a lot of things. If the old TiVo is a Premiere, you can use it to backup your SPs and restore them to the new TiVo. Otherwise, you will have to use the online Season Pass Manager.

    You can't recover the data from the external drive. It is tied not only to the TiVo to which it was connected but also to the internal drive in that TiVo.

    Does the TiVo boot with the external drive disconnected? If so, while it could be the connection to the drive that is bad, those external drives are notorious for going bad.
     
  17. resildoc

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    regarding kmm....

    This is great for the tivo on the computer! Two very quick questions.

    First, will this program allow you to work on your computer with HBO shows?

    Second, once jmfs and associated programs are used, can you plz recommend a similar free high quality program that will enhance tv experience, such as zapping commercials and other features?

    Again, many thanks!!
     
  18. lpwcomp

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    If you are talking about recordings on your TiVo that are marked as copy protected, then no.

    There is a free "commercial zapper" included with the kmttg package, but the one time I tried to use it, it didn't work. Most people around here seem to use VideoReDo, which isn't free.
     
  19. resildoc

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    I think after jm...on the tivo and km on the computer, we are interested not only in
    commercial zappers, but also any freeware that people use to enhance the overall "on tv" tivo experience with extended features. I have searched and not found a majority opinion. Any help with this is appreciated.
     
  20. lpwcomp

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    Well, I'm not sure I can be much help in that area. I use pyTivo, kmttg, MetaGenerator, and PyTivoMetaThis. I would like to use streambaby or something similar so I could view 1080P content via my TiVo, but can't seem to get it to function properly on Win2K.

    There's probably no real consensus because, in spite of what some people would like to believe, there is no "right" way to use a TiVo. Since there's all of this free stuff available, there's no real cost to you, except your time and perhaps some aggravation, in trying a lot of different things until you find the combination right for you.
     

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