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TiVo TCD658000...Hard Drive failure - Need Image (.tpk) for WinMFS...Please Help

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by BrianSConover, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    Hard Drive died and I can't find a image file of the operating system. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Also...I tried the mfslive.iso test start-up disk recommended prior to purchasing instantcake and it failed to see the SATA to USB connected hard drive. Apparently Instantcake needs a SATA to motherboard connection.

    I also tried Tivo.com/linux but can't figure out how to do the install as I know very little dos prompt and no linux prompt.

    The only option I have is to use WinMFS to reload a .tpk back up image which hopefully one of you have.

    Much Thanks,
    BrianSConover@gmail.com
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Just realized - this is a Premiere. Ghod. No it isn't. Never mind.
    The problem was that when I followed a link from a google search on the model, it went to a page for a Premiere XL. I knew that model number was a THD XL but for some reason it didn't register.

    What kind of drive is the replacement?
     
  3. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    My TCD658000 (XL) came with a Western Digital WD10EVVS (1TB) and I replaced it with the exact same drive (bare)

    Also...I have heard horrible stories about how WinMFS screws up the hard drives on Tivo Premiere...Pretty sure WinMFS is for series 3 and before. Something to do with altering the boot loader and rendering the drive unreadable to the Tivo Premiere?

    My understanding is that jmfs-rev104.iso is the perfect tool for expanding drive capacity for Series 4 Premiere. Im pretty sure you can use Sata to USB adapters.

    Seeking (.tbk) Image for TiVo TCD658000 (XL)...Hopefully someone can help me.
     
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    You might try posting your request here
     
  5. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    Also...I have spent literally hours searching the web for a FTP file server of any sort that could provide the vital component to starting my Tivo...I search the bit-torrents 5-10 times a day but nothing comes up. These files are not a deep dark secret that Tivo,inc is trying to keep away from us. You can download any of the operating systems at the tivo website but I think you need a linux computer to install on the hard drive...So far, the most effective way to get a Tivo (Series3) up and running with the least amount of fuss is find a back up image and loading it into WinMFS after connecting the drive. I should have created a Back Up image a long time ago but I never thought the process would be so complicate to get things up and running again...If my hard drives dies on my PC I just get another hard drive and install XP...Done...Tivo has seriously complicate this situation and I do not believe that Weaknees and DRVupgrade are the fair solution.
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Instantcake should work over a USB to SATA connection. However, it probably won't work on a drive that is identical to the stock drive. From the instructions:

     
  7. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    I tried the mfslive.iso test start up disc recommended for instantcake and it crashes...With WinMFS I can see the new (bare) drive...Just need the image (.tbk) file to load in
     
  8. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    There used to be sites that had the images needed available for download. TiVo got them shutdown.
     
  9. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    James...Id rather think that Weaknees and DVRupgrade have influenced that availability...Present day Tivo does not seem to worked up by it as having series 1,2,3 boxes online collecting subscription fees. On the flip side, A dead box is a brick or a premiere purchase. Either way Tivo, is happy. It's amazing how quick Tivo is to recommend weaknees when they are in copy right infringement on the OS...They can float the OS and sell a hard drive or service but you and I can't make a back up and give it to one another for a simple 3 click load in?...Maybe is Lou at DVRUpgrade was not such an ass to the Tivo community we would all overlook the $40 cost of instantcake and actually use their product.
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    BTW, what you need is a .tbk file.

    I hope that the replacement drive's "Intellipower" feature doesn't include "Intellipark".
     
  11. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    Edited to correct .tbk...THANKS !

    Im pretty sure I'll need to use the Western Digital hard drive utility to adjust the drive behavior...I found a really interesting tutorial on the subject at Youtube.

    All I really care about now is getting that .tbk file...Im paying Tivo fees and not actually getting use out the box unless you consider it a paper weight / door jam
     
  12. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    wdidle3.exe won't work over a USB-SATA connection.
    TiVos no longer weigh enough to adequately act as a door jam.;)
     
  13. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Yes, that was my theory too. I suspect that both weaKnees and dvr_dude are paying TiVo for the rights to "distribute" the s/w.
     
  14. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    wdidle3.exe won't work over a USB-SATA connection...The plot thickens !...Ill need to take the drive over to a friends house.
     
  15. ncsercs

    ncsercs DirecTivo fan.......

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    I had a Premiere drive die on me and for a reason I cannot believe, there is not even 1 image anywhere on the internet. I'll be dammed if I pay for an image that I'm sure someone else already has. Considering how cheap they are nowadays, the drive is worth more than the box. Since I couldn't get any help getting another image (that I refuse to pay for), I threw it in the garbage.
     
  16. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    The problem with the new Premiere box in the interest of you needing and getting a .tbk image file is it involves someone actually removing the drive from a working system and think of someone other than them self down the road. Not a easy request to fulfill.

    I'm in need of a rather dated Tivo HD XL image which has hopefully floated around long enough that I will eventually get one.

    I too have a Premiere that I upgraded to a 2TB for $50 more than you paid for a replacement stock 320GB system...That extra 1.6GB seems like good value with 317 hours of HD
     
  17. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    The real problem is that none of the tools currently available to consumers is capable of making or restoring a truncated backup of a Premiere.
     
  18. shwru980r

    shwru980r Active Member

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    You can probably find a premiere on craig's list and use that drive.
     
  19. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    Actually...This is better than nothing.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS_KZsJ4vaQ[/media]
     
  20. BrianSConover

    BrianSConover New Member

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    Id just make a hard drive backup of the exact same size and set it aside.
     

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