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How to clone a failing TiVo drive to another drive

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:22
Hi all,

Not long ago my TiVo drive started to fail, so I replaced the 2TB EARX drive with a 2TB EURS drive. I wanted to keep all my programs, season passes, etc, and I wanted to perform limited error recovery at the same time. Some posts here at TiVo Community led me to dd_rescue, which led me to ddrescue, but the details were a bit sparse until I figured it all out.

Long story short, I wrote a concise but fairly detailed article article about how I copied the failing drive to the new drive and performed error recovery. Here's the article link:


I hope it helps in case others face the same problem

Note the replacement drive must be the same size or larger.

American Idol "Top 2 performance finale show" 5/22/2012 *spoilers*

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:11
Jessica was pretty good in performance 1. Not her best performance by any means.
I'm not a Phillip fan by any stretch of the imagination but I thought he took round 1.

Even though the judges thought she won round 1, I thought this was MUCH better than her first song.
Quite a nice performance by Phillip.

Another craptacular Idol "winner" song. She sang it well but the song itself sucked rear end!
A better song and he did well.

I'd like Jessica to win but not sure she will with all the teenage girls going crazy for Phillip. In any event I don't care if he wins.

Can no longer read .mpg files

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:05
Neither my Premiere nor my S3 can find previously recorded Tivo files on my PC. They used to w/o any problem. I used to be able to push and pull .mpg files back and forth. Now they can't locate them. Did Tivo do something nefarious? :confused:

Amazing Race onlone

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:03
I missed the last episode of Amazing Race due to the local channel loss on Series 1 TiVos. I tried to watch it on CBS.com but it only has clips not the whole episode. Can anyone steer me to another place to watch that episode only?

Cookies Cleared on Logout

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 18:21
Can someone explain why the cookies are cleared upon logout? If I browse to the site and see 20 topics with unread posts, I open a topic, login to post, and then logout the cookie is cleared and the other 19 topics now look like "old" topics.

Backing up Wishlists and Season passes

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 17:56
I just had my external drive go out and since I had to get a new one lost all of my shows. :( Anyway, that got me thinking...I know that the TiVo software stuff like Season Passes and Wishlists and such live on the internal drive but if I ever have to replace that drive because it is bad and can't be read, is there a way to backup that data before hand and then, obviously, put it back.
At first I thought I could use the Season Pass Manager on tivo.com but even though the wishlists are set as season passes, they do not show up there because they are not "native" season passes.
It would be nice if Tivo let you download those settings from your account on TiVo .com (since they can obviously see them).

Any ideas?

speed up hd transfers between tivo hd and pc: MoCA?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 17:36
I've been poking around various internet places, including this forum, and am coming to the conclusion that MoCA won't speed up transfers between a tivo hd and my pc. Is that the case?

I get about 9Mbps now over wireless using kmttg, slightly better when using wired ethernet (maybe 5%); router is a D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit. Roughly 3 hours to transfer a 9 gig hd program.

Someone said the only way to improve this was by changing the prom to (somehow) enable direct transfers. True?

Mark M.

Silent Recordings on HBO?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 15:55
For two Sundays in a row now, my S3 recorded 9pm Game of Thrones with no audio. At least this week I noticed in time to grab the 11pm repeat which was in progress but in the buffer.

Even stranger, the Premiere XL downstairs recorded the same 9pm showings with no problems at all, from the same Comcast cable feed and channel.

Series 3 HDD Contents to Premiere

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 14:43
I currently have a original Series 3 box w/ Lifetime upgraded to a 1TB HDD and I'm looking to replace it with a refurb Premiere box upgraded to a 2TB drive. While I'm upgrading the Premiere drive can I use jmfs Live to copy the contents of the Series 3 drive to the new drive and then supersize it? Thanks.

Food Network Mystery Diners, Spoilers OK

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 14:11
Has anyone watched this new show?

Basically they hide cameras inside restaurants that suspect employees of some sort of criminal acts and catch them.

Here are two summaries from the guide:

A pub owner in Los Angeles suspects that one of her bartenders might be overpouring for customers, giving away too many free drinks and overtipping himself. To find out, she calls in the Mystery Diners, who outfit the bar with hidden cameras and go in undercover to see what is really happening when the boss is away.

When the owner of The Groves Bar & Grill becomes concerned over a large loss in food and supplies, the Mystery Diners go undercover with hidden cameras as new employees and customers, suspecting that a recently hired chef may be plotting more than just the items on the menu.


I saw The Groves Bar & Grill episode, and it was crazy that the cook was using the bar, food, and supplies to run his own catering service.

But how do they get permission to show his face on TV? Don't you have to sign a waiver? Who in their right mind would agree to be on TV if you go caught stealing from your employer?

Or is this some sort of scripted show under the guise of being real?

MRS working after spring update survey

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 13:35
Is MRS working for you after both of your Premieres have been upgrade to the Spring 2012 update (v20.2.1.1)?

Now available WD My Book AV 1TB for Tivo they have 12 new units now in stock

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:25
I just received word from a Video/Electronics dealer in Denver that she has received 12 of the WDBABT0010HBK-NESN WD MY BOOK AV 1TB units for Tivo. :) I asked to buy one but she said that they are going to put them on eBay for Auction.
I will post when I see the ad. If you want to send me a message about it, I will try to answer you back as soon as I find out they are listed.

moving between status bar tick marks

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 09:55
Does someone know how to jump between the (usually 15-minute) tick marks on the TiVo status bar? I know that I can jump from the very end to the very beginning (and vice versa) using the Advance button (">|") but I'm hoping there's a way to move back/fwd between tick marks without the Forward (">>") or Back ("<<") buttons. I've looked thru the manual and the online TiVo Community Forum (TiVoCommunity.com) but can't find an answer.

Less available recording hours with 6.4a

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 09:46
After successfully updating to 6.4a with an image, the available recording hours is about 10GB less than what the same fresh install listed under 6.2a. Has anyone else noticed this difference? Does it have to do with the Recently Deleted Folder?

On the bigger drives I will be using, this won't be a big deal, but it jumped out at me with the 40GB drive I'm using to test with.

selecting right receiver

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 09:41
Hi friends,

I need your advice selecting a receiver for my DVR setup. I currently have a sport bar like setup with 4 DirecTV boxes, each connected to its own TiVo, and then those TiVo boxes are connected to the TV. The TiVo boxes are all series 2. Two of them are connected directly via composite cables, and the other two are connected via converters to the HDMI inputs on the TV.

So far so good, but I want to expand my system. I will probably add several Dish network boxes, and maybe an additional DirecTV box, and each one would again come with its own TiVo, but there are no more TV inputs available.

So I’m thinking about buying a receiver to be between all the TiVo boxes and the TV. I’ve looked at those that are available at best Buy and the problem is that even though they have so many inputs, they are in fact all different ones – several HDMIs, several component, etc etc. But not many composite. Ideally, I would need a receiver with like 10 or so composite inputs. Is that something that exist or not? Any recommendations you can give me?

Thanks a lot!

Stupid question... TiVo badge...

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 09:27
Hi people,

I have a stupid question... that TiVo logo on the front panel... It has peeled off. What glue or something else can I use? I tried one - with no effect.

Thank you!

House finale 5-21-12

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 08:27
The first hour's walk down memory lane was mildly entertaining. What I didn't expect was that was going to be the best of the two hours.

It was fun hearing Hugh Laurie's real voice while he walked around with people in House's world. More fun than watching all the Ghosts of Houses past stroll by and tell him what was wrong with his life.

We now know how House figured out to be with Wilson for his last 5 months, and it seemed like a way he might have done it. I might have enjoyed that bit if I hadn't had to sit through the extended dream sequence before. But I did wonder for a little while whether the whole thing was planned as his exit strategy. That would make sense given his penchant for elaborate pranks, but then he wouldn't likely have been in a long heroin induced dream in the middle of it.

If he didn't plan it and inserted an already dead body in the building, then he had to wake up from the dream at just the right time, figure out who the conveniently located other body was after the fact and swap records, all while not being seen.

Season Pass Mgr xfer not working

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 08:14
I just swapped out my HDXL with a Premiere and before deactivating the HDXL I transferred all of the season passes (~20 of them) to my Premiere Elite. Now I'm trying to move back onto the new Premiere (from the Premiere Elite) and it's not working. Everything appears ok on the web site, they all appear there... but it's been 24 hours and they still haven't shown up on the new Premiere yet. I've forced calls, rebooted the device and still nothing.

Anyone have a clue how I can force them to update?

Hatfields & McCoys on The History Channel

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 07:38
Anyone planning on watching this? It starts on May 28th (Memorial Day) and is a 3 part, 6 hour mini series.

I saw the trailer at the movie theater when I went to see The Avengers - the series looks really good. It stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in some post Civil War drama. When I saw the trailer, I was first impressed, then immediately surprised that it was not a movie, but a TV series.

I am looking forward to this one!