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Tivo Series 3 HD Terminates recordings early

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jreichjr, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. jreichjr

    jreichjr New Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Anyone have any ideas about a TIVO series 3 with a dual cable card that started to terminate programs very early? Running with Cox Cable in Phoenix.

    After one to three minutes most of the new recordings that have been programmed will terminate early. Almost every time. One exception was a ball game that was set for 1 hour of overtime (4 hours total) and it terminated at
    2 hours and 35 minutes.

    Just prior to termination you usally see a short burst of digital screen garbage and then that is it.

    I have an external 500gb drive along with the original 160gb internal that the DVR came with.

    I was thinking of detaching the external drive to see if it is the external hard drive that is failing.

    Thanks, JR
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Try a reboot?
  3. jreichjr

    jreichjr New Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Yep, did that twice over two days. Same thing.
    Now, I disconnected my external 500gb Segate external drive this morning and so far no problems. I recorded 4 programs without any problems and have several more to go for the rest of this afternoon.

    If the remaining day does not have any problems I will get a new ext drive.

    Is there a set of tools for these drives that will mark bad sectors as non useable? Might be worth a try if the problem area is small.

    Thanks for your help, JR
  4. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Yep, partial recordings are usually a drive or signal-level issue. You could use dd_rescue to scan/fix the drive (I think), ask in the drive upgrade thread in the Series3 forum.
  5. jreichjr

    jreichjr New Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    I just confirmed the external drive as the bad guy. Over 10 very complete shows from a 3 hour ball game to some 30 minute shows and not a single flicker or short recording.

    I will check the upgrade thread for "rescue" info. However the external was almost 4 years old so if I find much in the way of bad sectors I won't bother with it. I may be able to use the drive on my other DVR which is a Cox Box.

    The Tivo is over 4 years old so I need to backup up the internal drive or remove it for safe storage for a backup. So I ordered a 1gb from DVR_guy
    and I will just install that internal and forget about the external drive on this box.

    Thanks for all the help guys. This forum is awesome.

    Cheers, JR
  6. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    It was always near the top of the list.

    That is my universal advice for new TiVos, or at the very least when the warranty has expired. You're fairly lucky, you know, for the drive to last 4 years?

    If you ask me, that is an excellent plan.


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