Originally Posted by ejonesss
if tivo uses linux then that means the drive is formatted fat 32 or fat 16.
i would say 16 since 32 is 4 gig or it makes a bunch of partitions and spans across multiple partitions.
is there a way to boot an external drive so i can try things without harming the box?
are there any mac users out there who used disk copy or data rescue or stellar phoenix or some forensics copier to clone the drive?
The TiVo drive uses a modified version of the old Apple Partition Map, which means anything designed to work with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS will think it's unformatted, because none of them "speak" APM.
A computer running Linux could well have ext2, or ext3 formatted partitions instead of some version of FAT, but that's got nothing to do with TiVos.
Linux runs on lots of different platforms, provided it's compiled to do so.
If you want to "Xerox" a TiVo drive, you have to open up the TiVo and take the drive out.
(be sure the power cord is unplugged before doing this)
You'll need a #10 and possibly a #15 Torx bit.
Since you have a Premiere, you do not want to boot into Windows with the TiVo drive attached to the computer.
If your PC has a GigaByte brand motherboard, say so right now, so that I can tell you what else to watch out for.
You can go to mfslive.org and download the .iso file image for the MFS Live cd v1.4 and burn that as an image to a cd-r and boot the PC from that.
It has a utility called
which can make a byte for byte copy from the Premiere drive to another drive the same size or larger.
When I say the same size, I mean the LBA number must be identical, not just the "how many GB" number.
There were some Maxtor drives that had larger LBA numbers than WD and Seagate drives which were supposedly the same GB number.
Right now, if you want to replace your Premiere drive with a larger one and use the extra space, you need the jmfs cd v1.04
It uses a similar program,
to "Xerox" over the contents of the Premiere drive, and then, if the target drive is larger, can utilize the extra space by adding a single extra MFS media partition and making the necessary adjustments in the TiVo's Apple Partition Map and the headers of each partition.
The various softwares which let you work with Series 1, 2, and 3 TiVo hard drives should not be used with Series 4 TiVo drives (the Premiere was the first of the Series 4s), as TiVo changed the file system and partitions somewhat, and that older software doesn't understand the changes.
The MFS Live cd falls into that category, but the
program (or utility) on it doesn't work with software, it just copies 1s and 0s.
So, you can make a "Xerox" of your drive onto another drive just to have a safety copy, or you can replace the drive with another one and put the original on a shelf for emergencies.