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WD Drive Options

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Ollie_3151, May 26, 2012.

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    You should run the WD diagnostics long test on it before putting it into service, but that model has been used by lots of people here successfully in S3s and S4s.
     
  2. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    Thank Unitron.

    Do I need to disable the Intellipark feature on the drive fist as well?
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    On the EARS?

    Highly likely that it WILL be necessary.
     
  4. oregonalex

    oregonalex New Member

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    Got the drive. Connected via USB, ran the long diagnostics, restored a truncated backup to it with 1024MB swap, expanded, supersized, installed in Tivo. Came right up, soft boot also no problem. The programs recorded on the old drive were still listed, but pointed to nothing (as expected), so I had to delete them one by one. Shows 318 hours HD. Smooth.

    Thanks everyone for all the advice, esp. unitron.
     
  5. oregonalex

    oregonalex New Member

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    After replacing the HD I went ahead and also tested the original drive with the WD long diagnostics. It passed! I was crestfallen. With the new drive, however, I have not got a pixelation or audio glitch yet, but I have only watched it for a few hours so far, so it can still go either way.

    So, what are the odds that by replacing the drive I fixed nothing?
     
  6. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    So everything worked (I think) as the TIVO booted up and my cable card settings were on the new drive. Only thing is when I go into the system info it says Recording Capacity : Variable, up to 21 HD hours, or 184 SD Hours. I am assuming I should have a lot more with a 2TB drive in it?

    I did select the yes button when it asked if I wanted to expand the drive. IS there anyways to verify if that is in fact to correct size?
     
  7. lpwcomp

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    This is bad. For some reason your TiVo is not seeing the entire drive. I would not recommend using it in this state.

    What exact steps did you take to create the new drive? Was the source drive the stock 160GB drive? How were the drives connected to the computer?
     
  8. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    I used the WinMFS ---> MFSCopy (Disk to Disk copy) directions on the MFSlive web site (http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/quickstart.htm).

    First thing I did was run the wdidle3.exe to disable the Intellipark feature

    Then I did the following....
    1) I connected both the source drive and the new drive to my windows PC
    2) I then ran the WinMFS.exe program
    3) selected the source drive
    4) selected Tools->Mfscopy to copy the original drive
    5) selected the source drive to copy to and clicked start
    6) After about 45 minutes it asked if I wanted to expand the drive, I selected YES (Not sure how long this should take...I waited a few minutes)
    7) Clicked on the exit button and then ran the Tools->Mfsinfo on the new drive to make sure the copied stuff was there.

    The drive appears to work fine as an exact copy, but I don't think the expansion thing worked. I am assuming it should say a larger number in the Recording Capacity under system settings correct?

    Can I take it out and re-do it? Do I need to clear it at all?
     
  9. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    I would say yes. After you have both drives hooked back up to the computer, run Msfinfo on both of them and post the results here.

    Couple more questions - what level s/w does the TiVo report under "System Information" and does the drive have anything about "AF" (Advanced Format) on it?
     
  10. jmbach

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    When I expanded to 2TB on my S3 the expand option right after restoring the image did not work and had to use MFSAdd in WinMFS to expand the drive. Also don't forget to supersize afterwards to get the max available time.
     
  11. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    What does the MFSAdd do? Can I put the drive back onto my PC and just run that or do I have to do the entire process again?
     
  12. jmbach

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    No just put the drive back in and run it. It is what does the expansion. No need to redo the process.
     
  13. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    Thanks Jmbach, that seems to take care of it. Showing Variable, up to 318HD hours now in the system properties.
     
  14. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    You are welcome. Not sure why but WinMFS does not, at least for me, expand correctly right after a copy if I am expanding to 2TB . Have to tell it not to expand then manually click on MFSAdd to do the expansion.
     
  15. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I've seen instances where with the MFS Live cd it was necessary to do

    mfsadd

    separately rather than just adding -x to the option string when running

    restore
     
  16. BigDawgy07

    BigDawgy07 New Member

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    I'm just so happy it worked. I got a used HD unit via Ebay and then transferred my series 2 subscription over to it since I have a HD TV now and couldn't use it no more. So for around $140 I got a high def unit with a massive amount of storage.

    Thanks to everyone on here for all the help, you guys are the best!
     
  17. dickeytm

    dickeytm New Member

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    On 6/23/13 I placed an order for a TiVo DVR Upgrade for $139.99. I printed the order confirmation page that said that I would be notified when the order is shipped. I did not receive an email confirming the purchase. Today, 7/9/13, I logged into their website to find out why I had neither heard nor received anything from them. I found my order listed as having been cancelled on 6/27 - four days after I placed the order.
    Sorry folks, I can not consider DvrStore.com to be "reputable."
     
  18. jrtroo

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    That does not infer nefarious intent. It could be a mere administrative error. Has your payment been returned or have you contacted the seller?
     

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