Originally Posted by Smokeball
My oldest Premiere XL4 is now 18 months old and I have noticed the first indications that my hard drive is starting to show its age and hard use.
I've searched the forums and have not been able to find a definitive discussion of "cloning" the 2TB hard drives that are installed in these particular units, Series4.
I have changed out hard drives in my TIVOs over the years, doing so in Series 2s and Series3 s. I don't think I ever did a Series 1.
1. What would be the best hard drive?
How about this one?
2. Would the JMFS Version 1.04 software still be the best way to CLONE?
3. After cloning, would I have to turn off "IntelliPower" and change the audio settings to "128" as I have seen in some youtube videos?
I have searched the forums for this information a lot last night and this morning and have had no luck. If this information is already here, please forgive my poor searching skills.
The older version, the WD20EURS, will work just fine, and Amazon has it for $95, free shipping right now.
I'm currently running 3 of them in 2 original S3s and one S3 HD.
The feature that needs to be turned off on some WD "green" drives is "Intellipark".
Apparently the WD20EURS's made in the past several months are leaving the factory with it disabled already, but the
utility, available on the free Ultimate Boot cd (of which everyone should have a copy) can tell you if it's enabled or not
and can disable it if it isn't already
Also on the UBCD is diagnostic software from several different drive makers, including WD, and before putting any drive into service the maker's own long test should be run on it, because sometimes sh1t happens during shipping.
If one wishes to "Xerox" a TiVo drive to another of the same size (same LBA number, actually) then one should use the Linux/Unix utility
or the more feature-heavy
(available on the MFS Live cd v1.4, among other places)
or the similar but slightly newer
(more properly Gnu ddrescue)
which is available on the jmfs cd v1.04 (it's what jmfs uses to do the copying part of what it does) and it's also available on the UBCD.
All 3 of those don't take any notice of which partition scheme or file system a drive uses, or even if the drive is formatted or not, they just do a byte for byte copy of whatever's there.