Originally Posted by rnbarg
I am returning my Tivo w/a broken HDMI port for a replacement unit. This is a Series 3. The broken unit has a 1 TB replacement hard drive. The original hard drive was sold years ago.
I will be swapping out the 1 TB drive from the broken unit w/a 250 gb refurb, the same drive this unit came w/or close WD 250 gb SATA video/PVR ready. As far as I know it was never used in/a TIVO. It will probably be formatted w/FAT or NTFS.
I want to simply format this drive for the TIVO and ship it back. So this is not an upgrade but simply sending them back the unit the way I purchased it.
How do I do format the new drive?
The MFS Live cd v1.4 or WinMFS will overwrite any other formatting on the drive when you use one or the other to restore an image to the 250.
Somewhere on the "Need an image? Don't PM me" thread you can search by my user name and find TCD648250 images for both programs to download.
However, you can also use either program to make a truncated backup from your 1TB drive and restore that onto the 250.
Either way, no need to do anything to the drive beforehand unless it was previously used in a GigaByte brand motherboard and had a Host Protected Area put on the end of it.