Originally Posted by lujan
No need to get a bad feeling since I have a PC but have never done this before so don't know how. Do you need to connect both hard drives to a PC and copy (old drive to new drive) before connecting to TiVo? I didn't think I could use a PC because I use Windows and thought all of this might be Linux based, am I wrong? Maybe you could point me to the instructions and I can look there?
Others have wrongly believed that you just put a blank drive in the TiVo and it takes care of putting the software on it.
It doesn't work that way.
(and wdidle3 is not put on the drive, it alters the firmware of a drive attached to a PC motherboard SATA controller port)
What you do is boot the PC with a bootable cd that loads a version of the Linux operating system into memory (RAM) which then controls the PC, and then use one of the programs which also get loaded to do a byte for byte copy from the original TiVo drive to the intended replacement.
If you're going to use a larger drive, you can use the jmfs cd v1.04 to do the copy and then enlarge into the extra space.
If the same size drive, I think you can use just the first part of what it does to do the copy.
Do not boot into Windows with the Premiere's drive attached.
If that PC has a GigaByte brand motherboard, say so, as there are steps that need to be taken to prevent it from screwing things up because of its tendency to put a Host Protected Area on attached drives.
And you use a bootable cd with wdidle3 on it that boots into a DOS environment.
Or you use the Ultimate Boot cd, which has wdidle3 on it (in addition to a bunch of other stuff, including the WD diagnostic software which you should run on any WD drive before putting it into service--never assume that new guarantees good)
Do you know how to burn a cd "as an image"?