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Series 3 - Clone already expanded drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Kirkinsd, May 10, 2013.

  1. Kirkinsd

    Kirkinsd New Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    I'm getting an s03 error and guide data will not download. Tivo & Weaknees say the drive is bad. This is a Weaknees expanded 1tb drive that is a little over a year old. Western digital has sent a replacement. I have the original Tivo drive put away in a drawer.

    I know I can just upgrade to the new drive using the original, stored Tivo drive but.....

    Can I clone the dying drive and keep my recordings instead? The dying Weaknees drive is the exact same size as the WD replacement.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Here is an explanation of an Error S03:

  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC

    If ThAbtO's suggestion doesn't fix things, there is a way to "Xerox" hard drives.

    What have you got available in the way of computers?
  4. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Does it make sense to clone a drive that has an unrecoverable S03 error?

    In addition to disconnecting the network, disconnect the Tuning Adapter (unplug the USB connector) for at least 4 hours (if you use a TA).
  5. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    And what ever you do; DO NOT RE-RUN GUIDED SETUP!

    I had to do clear and delete everything to fix mine.

    Then to prevent this from happening again; put the Tuning Adapter on a timer so power is cut for 2 to 3 hours daily.

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