Originally Posted by marspinball
How do you increase the swap partition using WinMFS?
I have a TIVO HD with a 2TB HD which was made using the original drive with JMFS and supersized with WinMFS. It has had the S03 issue for about a year. I would like to rewrite the 2TB using the original backup drive but this time I would like to enlarge the swap partition.
It's no longer necessary to use jmfs to use 2TB drives on any of the Series 3 platform models, as long as the TiVo is running version 11.0h or later of the TiVo software/operating system.
And with all due respect to comer, who wrote jmfs for Premiere owners, where it's still a valued resource, it's probably better to not bother with it for S3 usage and just stick with WinMFS.
So if the original is running "h" or "k" or "m", you're good to go.
You can look at the System Information page in the menus to find out which version you currently have on that original drive.
The S03 error is probably not related to the size of your swap partition, as it seems to most often be triggered by Tuning Adapters used to facilitate receiving Switched Digital Video not allowing the TiVo to complete Garbage Collection.
People have discovered that they have to use a lamp timer or something to power off the TA for awhile overnight or some other stretch of a few hours when the TiVo isn't going to be recording, so that it's out of the way and the TiVo can complete GC.
To get rid of the S03:
If that 2TB is not already trapped in Guided Setup, try going into Messages and Settings, Restart or Reset System, and run Clear program information & To Do list.
Do not run Repeat Guided Setup. Do not run Clear & delete everything.
Both of those will get you stuck in Guided Setup, unable to get out.
If that's where you are already, you'll probably have to overwrite the drive with an new image and start from scratch.
To use WinMFS to overwrite the 2TB from the original drive.
Hook up both drives to the PC running Windows where you have
Boot into Windows and start WinMFS.
Make sure you're running it as admin or with admin privileges.
Click on File, Select Drive, and select the original drive.
Then, just to be cautious, go back to File, and click on
to make sure everything looks alright with the original drive.
Then, after closing that, you should be able to click on
It'll bring up a box that shows the original is selected to be the source, and you can select the 2TB to be the target.
It should also offer a place where you can put in a number for the swap partition size.
If you want to make sure you've got a big enough one, put the number 1024 into that box--that'll amount to only about the equivalent of 15 minutes of Best Quality analog cable, and you can probably recover that much and more by supersizing later.
If there's an option to use or not use the "optimized" partition layout down there under the swap size thingie (or right above it, it's been awhile since I've seen it), you want to read the wording carefully to make sure that you do use the optimized layout, and that you don't use the non-optimized layout. That's a Series 1 thing, so it may or may not even appear, but I have seen it when using WinMFS for newer units, so if it's there, be sure to get it right.
Then click on "Okay" or "Start" or whatever's on that screen that starts the process, and sit back and wait (or better yet, spend the time checking the opened up TiVo's power supply for any sign of bulging or leaking capacitors, as there's a good chance of that with all the S2 and S3 models).
The "progress screen" may appear to freeze up. Just leave it alone and eventually it will finish.
When it does finish, it'll say something about extra space on the target drive and ask if you want to expand.
Tell it NO.
Do not expand at this time. It may or may not work.
Then go back to File, and Select Drive, and this time select the 2TB.
Then check it with
and see if everything looks okay.
The partition map should show a very large Apple Free Partition at the end of the drive.
If all looks well, close out
At that point you can poke around up top until you find
and do that first, or you could go back to File and click on
to expand and turn that Apple Free partition into useable space in the form of a 3rd MFS pair. When you do, it'll point out that you're trying to make a partition bigger than 1.2TB, tell it to go ahead and do it and not limit the partition size.
I don't think it matters if you expand first or supersize first, just don't try to expand as part of the original copying procedure, not even as the last part of it.
You have to exit the copy stuff when it finishes and go select the target drive instead of the source drive and only then do the expansion.
But it's a good idea to check the target drive with
You can even do the copy, then check the drive after selecting it, and then shut things down and put it (the target drive) in the TiVo and test it there and then do the expansion later after you feel sure the drive is working in the TiVo okay, and the supersizing you can do anytime.