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series 2 expansion

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by diecaster21401, May 31, 2012.

  1. diecaster21401

    diecaster21401 New Member

    May 31, 2012
    bought a maxtor diamond 21 200 mb for the tivo im using. installed it and powered it up. it went into powering up mode like it should after couple minutes the screen went blank then powering up sign came up again then blank again its like it keeps recycling. can some1 tell me whats going on and
    what i need to do. some1 said i need to download tivo program to it. is this hard to do im very computer illiterate any HELP would be GRATEFUL

  2. HomeUser

    HomeUser Active Member

    Jan 12, 2003
    A2 Michigan
    Welcome to the TiVo Community, Is this your first TiVo?

    From the symptoms the Hard Drive does not have the TiVo boot or software on it.

    Look in the TiVo Upgrade Center in the Underground Playground section of this Forum there are probably too many threads on TiVo upgrades. Some research will be helpful in a nutshell:

    - You need a backup image or a TiVo drive with the correct software for your model of TiVo. The model is the first 3 digits of the TiVo Service Number. for me TSN 240000080xxxxxx the 240 is the model.

    - Then using a PC copy or restore the image to the new hard drive.

    - There are several programs to copy/restore the image the 2 I recommend are MFSLive (Boots and runs from a CD or DVD drive) or WinMFS (runs in Windows) being a computer novice you probably want to use WinMFS both are available from http://mfslive.org.

    - Be sure to read and understand the upgrade instructions. The TiVo drive is in a special format that most Operating Systems do not recognize, common tools that come with windows will treat it as a new drive and re-format it wiping out the TiVo stuff.

    Or you can just purchase a pre-formatted drive from a company like WeaKnees® I think they can do the upgrade also.
  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    You cannot simply put a new, blank, hard drive into a Tivo. It cannot format the drive on its own.
    The Tivo program is on the hard drive itself.
    You would need to copy the Tivo program from the original hard drive to the new one but you cannot use windows or mac to copy since they cannot read the info.

    You would need to go to MFSLIVE.org to get the software to do this job. If you use Windows, you can get WinMFS to backup and copy. You would need to connect the original drive to your computer as well as the new drive. Except for WinMFS, you would need to burn a bootable CD and then disconnect your other drives except for the CD and hook your tivo drive and the new one, and you would need to enter linux commands.


    This should have all you need to know. Although its for Series 3, it should work as well for Series 2.
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    On the back of the TiVo is a sticker and on that it should say something about Model Number, followed by TCD and 6 numbers, so TCDxxxxxx is your model number (unless you've got one of those TiVos with a built-in DVD player and/or recorder, or a TiVo that's also a DirecTV satellite receiver, in which case we also need the model number.

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