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Recommended eSATA Enclosures?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by locksmythe, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. James-

    James- New Member

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    I did this mfsadd -xfm 8000 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc assuming the 8000 was the drive size. should I use 2000 instead will that create 2tb partitions?
     
  2. James-

    James- New Member

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    the 2000 did it!! Thanks my mistake in referencing the wrong size
     
  3. jmbach

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    Excellent.
    However if my eyesight was better I would have seen the 8000 in that first screen shot you posted.
     
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  4. bean_supreme

    bean_supreme New Member

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    I have a WD black 1.5tb drive. If I were to plug that into the internal sata on a 500gig bolt, wouldn't that format the drive? So then after it being formatted, I could then replugin the internal drive and I could just plug the black drive into the esata port on the tivo and it would work? Or I'd still need use MFS for format it?

    I'm a little confused. I see there's a mfsr.exe for windows. Do I still need a virtual machine still for a windows 10 computer to run the command line or a batch file would work? I didn't hook anything up yet, just researching before I do the dirty deed lol
    Also do I need to have the internal drive attached to my desktop as well as the esata black drive at the same time if mfsr is needed? Thank you
     
  5. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If you want to use the 1.5TB drive as an external, you don't want to plug it into the internal SATA cable (that would format it an internal drive). You would need to hook up the existing internal drive and the new external drive to a computer and use MFSTools 3.2 to partition the external drive and marry the two of them.
     
  6. bean_supreme

    bean_supreme New Member

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    Awesome, that should save me a bunch of time trying to figure out things. I appreciate the quick response.
     
  7. TheCryptkeeper

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  8. bean_supreme

    bean_supreme New Member

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    If anyone is interested in adding a raw physical sata drive to your virtualbox. This is the procedure i used.
    1)Created a folder in your C:\ named "tivo" If you use anything else you'll have to adjust the command line below to compensate.

    2) place jmbach's image in the tivo folder
    MFS Tools 3.2

    3) create a virtualbox - link the jmbach image as the drive

    4)open disk management in windows "right click windows start menu"

    5) take note of the two disk numbers. Mine was disk 3 4

    6)open cmd prompt with administration access

    7) type cd C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox

    if it's not your default installation directory, you'll have to change that

    8) type the follow VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename c:\tivo\mydrive.vmdk -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive3

    Physicaldrive3 being my drive number. Change to your correct number associated in disk management. You'll have to do this command for each drive number.

    For the second drive you have to add a number to "mydrive" like "mydrive2.vmdk

    9)open virtualbox - in the manager - click storage.

    10) Navigate to - controller: SATA - click the top + "add harddisk - choose existing disk

    11) navigate to mydisk.vmdk

    12) repeat 10 and 11 to add the second drive.

    13) start the virtual box and bam! You're set.

    good luck guys!
     
  9. jmbach

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    Great guide.

    One thing to note. If you go in and out of VirtualBox and/or detach and reattach physical drives, this procedure may need to be repeated each time as the physical drive numbers may change.
     
  10. locksmythe

    locksmythe New Member

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    I appreciate you sharing your process as it answered a question I had had about identifying the drives. Not being a frequent Linux user I did not recognize the notation, but your comment 9 got me through it. Thanks!

    I used jmbachs image copied to a USB stick I set up as a boot device. The VM setup seemed too much hassle for a one time use item. "./mfsadd" did not work, but dropping the "./" did. In a few moments I went from 96%full to 39% full. YAY
     
  11. c3nav1

    c3nav1 New Member

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    locksmythe,

    Glad it worked for you as well. In Linux command-line syntax the "./" in front of a command (e.g. ./mfsadd ....) says "search the current directory for this command" if the command is not the in PATH variable. If you are a Windows user, try opening a command-prompt and type 'echo %PATH%' (without quotes) and you will see what I mean. Since you were able to execute the command without the "./" then the command was already in your PATH variable.
     

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