I am almost ready to upgrade the drive in my series 2 tivo. However, I have a few question(s) that I can't seem to find answers to. I checked the stickies and looked around this forum as well as googled for a bit but can't seem to find the answer.
Does the new
drive have to be partitioned and formatted prior to running mfstools to copy the data from the old drive? I'm assuming it does but can't seem to find out for certain. If so, does it need to be one partition or is there a separate small partition for the software leaving a large partition for the recorded programs? Also, does it need to be formatted as FAT32 or as something else?
Also, I have some small hard drives available to store backups on. What size are the backup files on average?
What I am doing is taking an 80GB drive from an R10 D* receiver and reformatting it as a blank drive to replace the 40GB in my 540040 series 2. I am thinking about using the same weaknees cd (mfstools) to create a backup of the r10 software just in case I ever decide to go back to D*. I'll then wipe that drive and use it to replace the drive in the series 2. I will also backup the series 2 drive, so I will have two backup files - one from the D* and one from the series 2. I would like to store both backup images on a single small hard drive but I need to know what size the files are to know what size drive to use.
Also, I have read certain posts that bring up a question in my mind. If I upgrade from 40Gb to 80GB right now and then in the future buy an even larger drive, will I have difficulty upgrading a second time? Some things I have read give me the impression that TiVo's can only be upgraded once.
Thanks for the help.