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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. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    It sounds like you know just enough to be dangerous.

    Or else you're some sort of savant.

    What software and procedures exactly did you use to copy the 320 to the 1TB and expand?
     
  2. b13

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    *lol*
    Not quite sure if that's a compliment or insult :p
    I am fairly tech savy systems security manager so yeah I am "fairly dangerous at time" but only when I am required to be.


    Oh man...whatever procedure was laying around on the web 3-4 years ago. I did the copy to a 1Tb drive years ago. It's worked fine! Until I was getting pixelation/macro blocking/rebooting.

    So last night I took the drive that was in my tivo and i did the copy with JMFS to my new 2TB drive. As I have stated everything works just fine now. It's just that "one step" the space is not being utilized fully.




     
  3. unitron

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    I am unaware of any way to copy a Premiere ot other S4 drive and expand it, except for jmfs.


    That's what made it such a big deal.

    Perhaps you used an earlier version of jmfs.

    Anyway, I know of no other way (that doesn't invove rewriting partition headers with a hex editor) of dealing with your partition 16 problem than going back to the original 320GB drive and using jmfs to copy that straight to the 2TB and then expand.

    Unfortunately, that'll cost you all of your recorded shows, cable card pairings, software updates, season passes, etc.

    You can boot a PC (non-GigaByte brand motherboard) with the MFS Live cd v1.4 and use

    pdisk -l

    (that's a lowercase L, for list)

    to look at the partition table on that 1TB, and I think you can redirect the output to a text file so that later you can open it with Windows and copy/paste it here, but do not use anything else on that cd to do anything to or try to look at in anyway an S4 drive, because nothing else has been confirmed to be safe.

    (GigaByte brand boards have a nasty habit of putting a Host Protected Area on the end of drives, and that'll fubar a TiVo drive in a heartbeat.)
     
  4. b13

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    s***Well luckily I have a "stock" 320 TIVO Image Drive. and a spare tivo. Maybe I'll just do that. I am sure over time I can get my shows back.
     
  5. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    There's no way you upgraded a Premiere drive 3+ years ago. The Premiere didn't come out until 2010.
     
  6. unitron

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    How would the spare TiVo come into this?

    As a place to transfer shows to?
     
  7. b13

    b13 New Member

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    Yeah possibly.

     
  8. lroscoe19

    lroscoe19 New Member

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    Hi
    Am trying to upgrade my Premiere to a 2TB drive. Using a JMFS Live DVD, I'm getting a "loading/boot/vmilinuz"...then a "loading/boot/initrd.gz" message...before the computer reboots. This happens over & over again. Any ideas on what I can do? Thanks.
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I take it that you have changed your BIOS settings to boot from the CD drive?

    How do you have the hard drives connected?
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    jmfs fits on a CD-R just fine, no need to waste a blank DVD on it.

    Disconnect all drives except the optical one from which you're attempting to boot and see if gets far enough to be able to tell you it can't find any hard drives.
     
  11. lroscoe19

    lroscoe19 New Member

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    I have...I can boot into JMFS just fine...it just keeps rebooting after about 5 seconds.

    I have each drive connected to the motherboard with different SATA cables.
     
  12. lroscoe19

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    I didn't have spare CD-Rs laying around...so I had to use a DVD.

    I disconnected all the drives & the same thing happens...continually reboots.
     
  13. HomeUser

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    1.(Most likely) The Boot CD/DVD is corrupt verify the JMFS Live image then try re-burnning it at a lower speed
    2. You have unstable RAM download and run Memtest86 memory diagnostics (The Free version is good)
     
  14. lroscoe19

    lroscoe19 New Member

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    1. Burned to another DVD (using a different computer)...same result. Tried it with a bootable USB drive...same result.
    2. Memory checked out fine using Memtest.
     
  15. lroscoe19

    lroscoe19 New Member

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    JMFS seems to work fine when I boot up in my laptop...for some reason, my desktop can't boot into it.
     
  16. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    I've heard of situations where you must use a CD and not a DVD. I can't remember whether that was only when burning firmware to be read by a DVD player (or whatever), or whether it could also apply to an .ISO image that is to be booted by a computer. If you can get your hands on a CD-R, try that.
     
  17. Wiked

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    Hi,

    Firstly I have read most of the pages in this thread so if this has been covered before and I missed it then I apologise in advance.

    I purchased a WD20EURS to replace my 1TB drive in one of our TiVo's.

    I burned the ISO and ran JMFS. Copied the old drive to new drive in around 5 hours.
    I then expanded the drive and it showed 1.82TB available.

    I put it back into the TiVo and when it booted and came up with a grey screen and said that the TiVo couldn't detect the external drive that was associated with the TiVo and to dis-associate the external drive I was to press CLEAR.

    I do not have an external HDD and have never had one.

    I pressed clear and it rebooted. Now it shows the same 200 hrs in system information. So I assume that it's back to seeing at as the original 1TB drive. All of my recordings are 100% still there.

    I don't want to waste 5 hrs again with the whole copy process without asking you guys if you know what happened?

    I also ran wdidle3.exe and it said it wasn't activated so no need to to worry about that part.

    I have 2 other TiVo's to upgrade in the house so I would love to know what went wrong.

    BTW I'm in Australia as we have the S2 (HD) version as far as I am aware.

    thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
     
  18. Guy Kuo

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    If the TiVo falsely detected an external drive association, then I suspect the original drive somehow has a small extra "apple free partition"

    JMFS dutifully added its new media partition after that "apple free partition" yielding something confusing to the TiVo.

    Upon boot, TiVo "fixed" the problem by removing the extra partitions.

    Fixing that situation (if that is indeed what is happening) is beyond me.
     
  19. Wiked

    Wiked New Member

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    Ok well I just upgraded another ouf our TiVo's (320GB installed) with a new WD20EURS as it didn't take as long to copy the data and it has worked perfectly.
    Now has 400 HD recording hours showing.

    I guess I will re-try the first TiVo again and the remaining one on the weekend when I get the time to do it and see what happens. Hopefully it's just a once off but I will report back to post what happens.
     
  20. ~kyle

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    I didn't think you could expand a drive that's alreay been expanded. In other words you could go from 320GB>1TB or 320GB>2TB, etc. but you couldn't go from 320GB>1TB>2TB which is essentially what your trying to do, correct? I think you'd need to expand the original drive to 2TB.

    Someone chime in if I'm wrong.
     

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