I've got what seems like it ought to be a common situation, but I've not seen any answers after a bit of searching.
My TiVo Premiere had a problem with the 1T hard drive. It was replaced (actually reformatted) under warranty and I've not fired it up yet. I would like to make some sort of copy of it so I have the ability to replace the drive myself if it ever fails.
My first thought was to copy it to a spare drive I have around (40-80G) while shrinking the partitions for programs. I'd make sure it worked in the TiVo (with little room to record anything), then keep it as the backup. If I ever needed to use it, I'd use jmfs to copy to a new drive, then resize it. Sounded pretty straightforward to me.
My problem is I'm not finding any solutions for doing the copy to a smaller drive. I set up Ubuntu on a system, but it doesn't like most of the partitions on the TiVo drive. I read about copying programs online, but not finding any that will work with the Premiere to a smaller drive.
Though I spend my days doing just about anything with Windows, I'm not a Linux guy at all. I can learn, though, with some good advice! That was the direction I was going with Ubuntu, but didn't get very far.
I tried gparted, but it read the drive as being unpartitioned.
I can see all the partitions in Windows (with LinuxReader, I believe), but several are not readable.
Any suggestions on how to back up this drive to an image file or a small drive for safekeeping?