Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
Yep, partial recordings are usually a drive or signal-level issue. You could use dd_rescue to scan/fix the drive (I think), ask in the drive upgrade thread in the Series3 forum.
I just confirmed the external drive as the bad guy. Over 10 very complete shows from a 3 hour ball game to some 30 minute shows and not a single flicker or short recording.
I will check the upgrade thread for "rescue" info. However the external was almost 4 years old so if I find much in the way of bad sectors I won't bother with it. I may be able to use the drive on my other DVR which is a Cox Box.
The Tivo is over 4 years old so I need to backup up the internal drive or remove it for safe storage for a backup. So I ordered a 1gb from DVR_guy
and I will just install that internal and forget about the external drive on this box.
Thanks for all the help guys. This forum is awesome.