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TiVo Desktop problem transferring HD file to PC

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gnerase, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. gnerase

    gnerase New Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    I can transfer low definition files fine to my PC, but most often not able to do the same with HD files. It starts the transfer and then stops after about 2 minutes with "Interrupted". I try to restart continuously without luck. I use a wireless connection, NTFS PC, the latest TiVo Desktop (2.8.3), and have over 1TB of hard drive space. Also, I have the TiVo desktop use another area for the cache. TiVo Desktop is using Bonjour for the transfers. I tried Beacon and had the same problem.

    When the transfer is interrupted there is no segments on my hard drive. It did not transfer anything. This is the same for dozens of different HD files. Then I transfer a SD file and it works great. My ethernet connection from the TiVo is plugged directly into my wireless router. I even disabled all firewalls and severely reduced any programs running in the background. I did once plug my ethernet cable from the TiVo directly into my PC and it did work, but the transfer of one HD file stated it would take 12 hours to finish for a one hour program!

    I did try to transfer using the internet and it failed in the same way. I also removed my cordless phone (2.4GHz) from next to the PC and ho help at all.

    Any other suggestions for me?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Is the problem only to that specific recording?

    There could be a glitch (seen or unseen) in that recording to cause problems in transferring.

    Try another similar recording.
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC

    Create another folder on the same partition as the My TiVo Recordings folder and move all the shows into the new folder.

    Uninstall Desktop.

    Delete the cache folder it was using.

    Reboot the computer.

    Re-install Desktop.

    (2.8.3 is just 2.8.2 with something added for the new DirecTiVo, so either will do)

    After it's set up you can move the shows back into the MTR folder.

    Might help, no guarantees.

    I've seen times when Desktop can copy an hour show in about 30 minutes and times when it takes 2 or 3 hours or more, no rhyme or reason.

    It's better than nothing, but it's not the best piece of software in the world by a long shot.
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    This might be the only step needed, after which you can clear the Tivo Desktop cache by going to the Preferences dialog and selecting the Restart or Reset tab.

    Doing this will eliminate the possibility that a corrupt video in the My Tivo Recordings folder is causing things to go wonky.

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