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TivoHD rebooting. Recover recordings?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by dizziness, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    I have a THD that is stuck in rebooting loop. Replaced all the caps, which helped for a couple months. Replaced drive, restored with MFSLive, no change. Tried original drive, no change. If it tries to phone home or go to program guide, instant reboot. There must be something other than PS and HDD broken.

    Rather than keep messing around with this, I'm planning to get into a Roamio. What options do I have to access the recordings? If I could transfer them to a eSATA drive, that might work. I think this is a function is in MFSLIVE?

    Tips are appreciated.


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  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I think your only options are to transfer the shows to a PC using TiVo Desktop, pyTivo, etc or to transfer from the old TiVo to the new TiVo directly.

    Scott
     
  3. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    Buggers. I've a S2 an Premiere that I could use if there was some way I could extract the programs.


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  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    When you replaced the drive, did you copy the old one to the new one, restore from an image previously made from the old one, or restore an image you got from someone else that came from someone else's TiVo?

    Is there an external drive already connected to the TiVo?

    (If you were thinking of hooking an eSATA to the TiVo's port and copying shows to it from the TiVo to restore to a different TiVo later, that's the kind of thing that the content providers are constantly screaming at TiVo about and TiVo is taking measures to prevent)
     
  5. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    Re: the drive replacement, I used MFSLive to clone the drive to an identical drive. I also had the original replacement drive (500gb) that I left untouched after the upgrade to 1TB. I don't have the original drive or a saved image of the original. I'm not about to spring for an Instacake image.
     
  6. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    I tried restoring from the TBK I made last year before the 1TB upgrade. It is continually asking me to disconnect the external storage. I've never used the eSATA.
     
  7. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    Thanks Unitron. I found your Dropbox links for 652. Downloading now.
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    It's not absolutely impossible that the changeover from 11.0k to 11.0m is failing and causing it to keep rebooting as it keeps trying to do the changeover.

    You need to pull the drive and check it with WinMFS's mfsinfo to see which version of the software it says it has, although first boot with the MFS Live cd v1.4 and see what

    pdisk -l

    and

    mfsinfo /dev/"your drive here"

    have to say.
     
  9. dizziness

    dizziness New Member

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    The original drive was 11.0m. Your image is working in a spare 320GB drive I had sitting around but hasn't yet updated to 11.0m.

    I punted on getting the original drive to work. It probably needed a wipe and re-imaging. I'm guessing the OS got corrupted when I was having power supply issues. I cheated and have been downloading torrents to replace the recordings. Thank God for the log of recordings on tivo.com!

    I'll probably cut my losses and copy the backup onto a 500GB drive and resell the TivoHD wiped. I've given up trying to recover the programs without a working OS.
     
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Have you tried a kickstart 52?
     

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