Originally Posted by Stormydog
I did look at WinMFS. Looks like I can hook it up to me desktp using an IDE adapter. I am not sure how to accomplish changing to boot from alternate partition. Wondering what WinMFS tools I should use.
Instead of using WinMFS, if I can off load my saved shows to my Premier using network, maybe I can try deleting saved info on that S2? At least try that first? I don't think deleting this info will leave recorded shows or will it?
WinMFS has a utility you can click on called mfsinfo which will show a bunch of stuff about the drive.
TiVos generally came from the factory with partitions 2, 3, and 4 being the set from which it booted and loaded the OS into memory.
Partitions 5, 6, and 7 were exactly the same, and there as an alternate set of boot partitions.
In the event of a software update being sent out, it would be written to whichever set of partitions wasn't currently being used, then the bootpage (which I think is sort of the partition before the first partition, and is where the TiVo looks to find out from which partition set to boot), would be re-written to change to use the set which had just been updated, and there would be a soft re-boot in the middle of the night.
mfsinfo will show whether you're set to boot from 2, 3, 4 or from 5, 6, 7.
There's another utility in WinMFS called bootfix or fixboot or something like that, and it has two options.
Option 1 rewrites the bootpage to make the TiVo use 2, 3, and 4, and Option 2 makes the TiVo use 5, 6, and 7.
And that's regardless of what it's set to beforehand.
So, you find out which set you're using, use the option that will change that, put it back in the TiVo, it boots into the old software and and calls in and finds out there's newer software, downloads and installs it.
Which may help straighten out any problem with the software it's running now.
Remember, you have to run WinMFS with admin privileges for it to be able to see drives.