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Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by comer, Sep 20, 2010.
I tried wading though all 40+ pages of this thread but didn't see anyone with the problem I have been experiencing while trying to upgrade to a 1 TB Western Digital drive. When I boot to the TiVO Premiere JMFS CD (rev 104) it seems to load normally but always says that no TiVo drives are connected. The original and target drives show up in the BIOS normally. I've tried this on 3 different computers on all SATA setup modes available (native, legacy, etc) and get the same message.
Anyone seen this problem before or have any advice on how to get it to see my drive?
Are you using SHIFT+PAGE UP to go back up the boot messages to see if it says anything about what drives it does detect?
What kind of motherboard are you using?
Have you put the original drive back in the TiVo to see if it still works?
I find jmfs to be very picky as to what it calls a "Tivo" drive. I once asked what it was looking for and someone told me to read the code.
I do know if I have my stock drive jmfs will see it just fine. Once the drive or image is hacked or otherwise altered it will no longer be validated in jfms.
Is your WD drive stock? What kind of image? What kind of tivo do you have? jmfs will only recognize premier and HD/XL drives...
Is there any reason this upgrade would not work on the new 20.2 SW? Has anyone used it yet?
I'm wondering too. I have a Premiere XL with the new software that's bumping into its 1TB storage limit, and I very much want to upgrade to a 2 TB drive.
I'm guessing the deafening silence for the past 6 days means the upgrade probably doesn't work with the new SW?
Don't want to waste a $160 drive plus a PayPal donation for an upgrade that might not work...
I wouldn't assume that at all. If somebody tried it and it didn't work, they probably would have posted that. Since there's been no word, I would guess that nobody here has tried it.
I bought a 1TB WD "MyBook" 2 years ago to keep all my movies/music on, etc. Well, not that long ago, I'd finally bought a 2TB drive for my PC and no longer needed to use the MyBook.
Decided to try using the drive in the "MyBook" to upgrade the existing drive in my TiVo Premier (currently has the stock 320GB drive). Last night, I took this extrenal drive apart and discovered it was WD Caviar Green 8MB cache 1TB WD10EAVS drive that had a simple adapter that converted SATA to USB and A/C Power. Will this drive work as a target upgrade drive? Thanks guys!
Run wdidle3 to make sure Intellipark is disabled on it, then get jmfs 1.04 and go to town, and put the 320 on the shelf for safekeeping.
I figured before you didn't want a guess but here's mine: It will work fine.
Thank you thank you! Namely, I was just fishing to see if a WD10EAVS is "good enough" to run as my TiVo drive.
I know the process now, JMFS, clone, AAM and Wdiddle and we're golden.
Now for the 64K question..
If Linux is the primary OS on my PC, couldn't i just do a clone from within the working environment? I ask because I'd rather not be without BOTH my TV and my PC at the same time. Though I guess I could just go outside for 3 hours lol
jmfs comes on a bootable cd iso, as does wdidle3, and WD's AAM utility probably does as well, as does the WD diagnostic software.
Us that to run the long test on that drive first, then run wdidle3 and the AAM thingie, then run jmfs.
You'll have to venture into the unfamiliarity of watching TV live for a while.
You can make the mfs tools work in your Linux environment yes. So then you'd be running each command manually (mfscopy, mfs add etc...). You also need tivopart so that your linux kernel will recognition the partition table.
Thanks guys, I'll roll the dice and report back once I have attempted the upgrade. BTW I'll probably use a WD20EARX since that's currently the cheapest 2TB WD Caviar Green drive AFAICT.
Thanks so much for the procedure. I have done several series 2 a few years ago but this is so simple even my kids could do it. Great job
thank you comer and everyone else in here; I did this procedure last night (I'm not yet on 20.2; still on 14.9) and it worked flawlessly. I was able to cannibalize a 1TB "MyBook" from WD I bought last year and just never used because of how slow it was (USB, blech) and turn it into my primary TiVo drive and now i have ~ 180 hours of HD recording.
I'd like to donate to the guy who created JMFS but the donate link doesn't work; does someone have updated info for him?
Oh Also, I followed the guide on the pyTiVo wiki and I now can view all of the 1080p BD rips I have on my Hackintosh in another room (The "holy grail" for me; as I've been looking for a way to finally rid my condo of all physical media) I now have a truly digital house; no more books, no more magazines, no more CD's and now no more DVDs and BluRays.
What do you do when the power goes out?
You know how there is always a surge in childbirth 9 months after a power outage...
You saying he plants cabbage? I'll have to check into this digital cabbage patch that works when the powers out???