Originally Posted by TheDarkPhoenix
I am very very sorry if this has already been answered on another thread, but I've been searching and my frustrations have gotten the better of me. I just want to copy/clone my Tivo HD's hard drive (1TB). I've looked up and downloaded MFSLive and JMFS I can't figure out how to do it.
Can someone please advise me?
I'd like to copy the drives using my USB drive enclosures (aka put the new HDD and the Tivo HDD in USB drive enclosures and clone that way). I tried to follow the instructions on the MFSLive web site and burned a bootable disk, which didn't work. I also downloaded & opened WinMFS in Windows 8 via bootcamp and the drives don't show.. >sigh<
So again, can someone please give me a step by step? I have no idea what I'm missing... thanks in advance!
spike, the guy at mfslive.org, took the old MFS Tools, which were designed for a Linux command line environment, and turned them into the MFS Live cd, which boots the computer into a Linux command line environment whether it has any hard drives connected or not, so it ignores and bypasses whatever Operating System the computer usually boots into and runs on.
The most recent version is 1.4, and it's available somewhere on that site for download as an .iso file, which has to be burned to a cd-r "as an image" so that things are in the right place on the disk for it to be bootable.
I've used it for TiVo work and for stuff not directly related to TiVos, and recommend having a copy on hand.
spike also wrote WinMFS, which is a program that runs on/in Windows XP or later--you have to run it with admin privileges for it to be able to see hard drives, and I don't know if it runs on anything newer than Windows 7, or if it'll work if you're running a "virtual" version of Windows.
Both WinMFS and the MFS Live programs on the MFS Live cd are intended for Series 1, 2, and 3 TiVos.
When TiVo brought out the Series 4, the Premiere, it changed some stuff about the hard drive structure that keeps spike's stuff from working properly on anything newer than the S3 platform models.
If you want to "Xerox" your current 1TB drive to another 1TB drive, and both have the same LBA number, then you can do that without TiVo-specific software.
The aforementioned MFS Live cd v1.4 has the old standby Unix/Linux utility
as well as something which works similarly but offers more options and flexibility called
There is a similar program called
(or you might see it referred to in some places as GNU Ddrescue--long story)
which is available, along with bunch of other stuff that might come in handy some day, on the Ultimate Boot CD, a free copy of the .iso of which can be downloaded and burned "as an image" to cd-r.
With one of those 3, you can do a byte for byte copy from one drive to the other, and since it's just copying those 1s and 0s, it doesn't matter whether it's a TiVo drive, a Mac drive, a Windows drive, even a drive that's been erased and had random stuff written to it--whatever's on the source drive will be written to the target drive in the same place.
If you tell me the brand and model number of both drives, and the model number of the TiVo (starts with TCD), and tell me what the end objective here is, I may be able to offer further assistance.