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series 1 drive test and swap

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by banjomaniac, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. banjomaniac

    banjomaniac New Member

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    I have a hdr112 that is stuck on start up screen. Can't get anything to work, I have it connected to my windows 7 pc in an external usb drive case and it doesn't show up in my computer menu so I don't know. It does recognise it and shows in devices and printers. The drive is spinning so I know it does power on, maybe something else is wrong? I also have an almost new series 2 model TCD540040 and wondered if I can just put that drive in the series 1 just put it right in and turn it on? The series 1 has lifetime service so I would like to keep using it.

    thanks for any help
     
  2. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Nope.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    You have a lot of reading to do.

    The TiVo uses a version of the Apple Partition Map on it's hard drive, and PC operating systems aren't usually designed to be able to read them, so when they look at a drive and don't see a DOS-type MBR, they think the drive is blank.

    Even if they could read Apple Partition Maps, they might not know to read Series 1 drives because those are byte-swapped.

    The S2s and later are not.

    There's probably a new hard drive in your future.

    Go to mfslive.org and read your eyeballs out.

    Come back here and read the IDE/SATA adapter thread.

    Then post more questions before actually doing anything.
     

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