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Tivo HD Upgrade Instructions - using JMFS

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by Tivoitis, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. unitron

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    If you're certain that the non-PLS'ed S3 HD has a bad power supply but a good hard drive (and that there's nothing on that drive that you want to save), and you're certain that the hard drive on the PLS'ed S3 HD is going bad and that it's not noise from the fan going bad, then the best thing would probably be to "Xerox" the 1TB from the lifetimed S3 HD to the other 1TB.

    Got any Linux based boot cd's handy? Like maybe the MFS Live cd v1.4?
     
  2. harry99

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    Any idea what would happen if I just plugged in the "good" drive in place of the "bad" drive? Would it hurt anything or just not work?

    I don't have a boot CD, can you point me to a source?

    Since 1TB copy takes so long, maybe I should just go to a 2TB drive, since the good and bad drive are the same age. I have the original 160GB drives, although not sure which goes with which S3 HD. With MoCA, the streaming to the Premiere works so well from the 1TB HD that I will probably just use the HD as the repository instead of expanding the new Premieres for now.

    WIll have to read back through the forum to find the correct way to go from either the original 160GB or the expanded 1TB drive to a 2TB drive. It gets confusing with so many posts on the subject.
     
  3. unitron

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    If you're going to go with 2TB drive, recommend the WD20EURS when they're on sale for $100, and you should do that copy with WinMFS probably.

    But first you should run the manufacturer's diagnostic long test on whatever winds up being your target drive, even if it's fresh from the factory.
     
  4. dav1129

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    Thanks for the reply and information.

    Too late to try anything different as I have shipped their TiVo back to friends who live in a city across Australia.

    Given however the OS version shown below would explain then why a 2TB drive worked for me during testing and before resetting and should now work for my friends right?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. unitron

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    It showed 30 HD hours with the original 160GB drive, right?

    Divide 30 by 160 to get hours per GB and then multiply that by 2,000.

    If that's in the ballpark of what it shows for HD now, I'd say that the "embiggening" was a success.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2013 #606 of 657
    jmbach

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    A couple of observations.
    Australian version of TiVo's are apparently different. In what way I am not sure but apparently enough that there is a WinMFS version specifically made for Australian units. Since it boots up completely, you have apparently accomplished your task.
    The difference in sizes could be how the unit calculates storage or more than likely there are MFS system bitmaps that Australian units do not have which allows more inherit storage space for videos. Similar to when we supersize our drives. When we supersize our drives the video storage space goes from 287 to 318. We take away space reserved for "advertisement" and give it to video recording space.
    Normally there are no settings on Seagate drives to change. The only thing you have to watch out for is buying some Seagate drives off of some auction site that are specifically made for DVR's. Some of these Seagate Pipeline HD drives are from or made for OEM units and they might have a modified firmware in them that will not allow it to boot in a TiVo.

    Jim
     
  7. Mar 2, 2013 #607 of 657
    RedWingsRULE!

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    Thanks for that additional info.

    I am one of the first that I have seen to use the WD EARX and so far have had no issues with it. :)

    Not sure which format the Aussie version uses, but the storage space difference might be due to NTSC vs PAL.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2013 #608 of 657
    lessd

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    I have been using the WD EARX for years without problems.
     
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    RedWingsRULE!

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    Thanks! Good to know I'm not on the bleeding edge alone. :)
     
  10. Mar 5, 2013 #610 of 657
    InFromTheCold

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    Is Intellipark an issue with this drive?
     
  11. Mar 6, 2013 #611 of 657
    jmbach

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    Very true. Then UK TiVos should be similar. Wonder if anybody has info on UK tivo video storage space for us to compare.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2013 #612 of 657
    unitron

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    There are two UK threads where you could ask.
     
  13. Mar 6, 2013 #613 of 657
    jmbach

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    Very good. . Might do that at some point. Thanks.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2013 #614 of 657
    lessd

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    At one time there was, the newer ones are set to disable or 8 seconds, neither are a problem for the TiVo.
     
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    InFromTheCold

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    Good to know, thanks.
     
  16. Mar 7, 2013 #616 of 657
    RedWingsRULE!

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    WDIdle3 /D
    This sets it to disabled. (Actually sets it to 5 minutes.) ;)
     
  17. Mar 7, 2013 #617 of 657
    lpwcomp

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    Using the latest version, wdidle3 /D actually disabled it.
     
  18. Mar 7, 2013 #618 of 657
    InFromTheCold

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    Judging from lessd's comment, this step does not seem to be necessary for the newer EARX drives.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2013 #619 of 657
    lessd

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    The 5 drives I have used from Jan 2013 on have not needed the wdidle3 set, but who knows what WD will do in the future, the drives were all dated from Sept to Dec 2012.
    If anybody gets a WD drive dated after Sept 2012 that does not have wdidle3 disabled or set to 8000Ms (8 Sec) let us know.
     
  20. Mar 9, 2013 #620 of 657
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    Sorry for newbie question but what is wdidle3? I used MFSTools on the drive in upsized to on my TiVo HD.
     

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