1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

XL4 stuck in Restart loop, external HD

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by alyssa, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Aug 8, 2013 #1 of 11
    alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    When i first turned my tv on i first saw the screen that said the external was missing.
    I tried rebooting
    then i got stuck in the reboot loop that ends with the GSOD
    I tried kickstart 54 & 57
    despite seeming to be accepted, I was never sent to the kickstart screen

    i have a unsanctioned external 2tb external.

    I'm assuming my external hdd is toast. seem logical?

    question, what to do?

    a) disconnect (loose recordings) , get a new HDD & send both the internal & external hdd to DVRDUDE (no tivo for a week ish, if lucky), $100 for new 2tb hdd plus the DvrDude's fee of $50-75

    b) send the external & XL4 to Weaknees, $100 bench fee, try to save recordings, plus a new 2tb hdd at Weaknees rate. 2 week turn around

    Anyone had experience with weaknees saving their recordings?

    suggestions?
     
  2. Aug 8, 2013 #2 of 11
    Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    3,960
    0
    Oct 14, 2004
    Philadelphia...
    I would remove the external, hope the internal works, and then never plug an external drive in again, just to save the headache that will happen from having two drives connected to a TiVo.
     
  3. Aug 8, 2013 #3 of 11
    alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    i hear ya

    it's just the additional 300 hours of hd recording time.....<whine> plus i've got a lot of shows stacked up on the tivo
     
  4. Aug 9, 2013 #4 of 11
    alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    i ran the external hdd threw the WD testing & it had significant bad sectors.
    I ended up divorcing & sending the XL4 into Weaknees for a marriage to another 2TB external.
     
  5. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    Conclusion,
    Got it back from weaknees, they had to do a wipe and reinstall plus did a sector scan on the internal drive.
    Five full days in the spa ......

    The enclosure for the external weaknees uses is very nice, lots of air movement.
     
  6. mdscott

    mdscott Active Member

    1,601
    0
    Jun 26, 2002
    Hermosa...
    But on ours the blue lights are oh so bright.

    michael
     
  7. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    yeah, i've got the external turned around so the cables & switch are facing out & the *bright blue* lite is buried deep in the cabinet
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    16,389
    2
    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    How did you get an unsanctioned external to be accepted by anything newer than an original S3?
     
  9. Sep 1, 2013 #9 of 11
    alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    i sent it into dvrdude on ebay.
    I used a wd av drive with an antec enclosure and it only lasted a year <sigh>
    i'm RMAing the drive

    this time i sent my tivo xl4 to weaknees, they supplied the drive & enclosure.
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    37,522
    182
    Apr 17, 2000
    Nevada
    If you sent it to Weaknees, and they had to wipe the drive anyway, why didn't you just have them upgrade the internal drive and ditch the external all together?
     
  11. alyssa

    alyssa Active Member

    1,638
    0
    Dec 7, 2003
    The...
    I had a 2tb in the premiere already, I wanted 4TB's total

    good question tho
    :)
     

Share This Page