Originally Posted by ebeighe
yeah, many of the hard disks i have aren't recognized properly by the old PC's bios (but curiously, the Maxtor 80's work fine so it's not as if it's simply a 32G limit); I finally found one, a 120GB seagate and that all went smoothly using my standard procedure circa 2004 using mfstools from the ptvlba48-3.01 bootable linux cd: made a backup of my fresh drive, then restored/expanded onto the new drive, then ran sd-h400_unlock (to allow the toshiba to "see" the extra capacity) and that all works.
So you got me interested in WinMFS. I dredged up a newer older PC from my warehouse. That newer pc detects all my IDE drives, including a wd 320G that I would like to use to replace my aging (10+ years) hitachi/deskstar 160G...
(i don't care about the content).
so i used WinMFS to prepare the wd320. That all went fine and i can boot off of it and it work in the tivo.
The only problem is when i run the sd-h400_unlock program (from MFSLive cd) it throws an error "crc mismatch ... sector wrong in zone ..."
And another thing to mention: I can't get ptvlba48-3.01 to boot in ANY of m y newer machines; it just hangs before it gets to the bash prompt :-(
So I have this puzzle... The tools on the old pc seem to work fine for what i need them to do but won't recognize any of the drives i want use.
The newer computers that recognize the IDE drives i want to use cannot boot the old tools that worked for me in the past. And the newer computers that do recognize the drives can't seem to do the toshiba unlock when using WinMFS to prepare the drive.
If you're going to keep messing with S2s, you need to familiarize yourself with the SATA adapter thread.
PATA/IDE drives are only going to get more scarce and more expensive, and used ones will probably be passed off as new.
And you get a lot more GB/$ with SATA.
I thought it was only S1s that did that drive locking thing, but apparently not.
The MFS Live cd has both
for unlocking S1 drives and the
program as well, so download the .iso and burn yourself a copy "as an image"
Also download the release notes
and go here
and read the full guide.
for instructions on using
You should only need to unlock a drive that's already been in the TiVo when it was powered up.
And you should be able to "permanently" unlock it with the right switch with
and have it survive the reboot into Windows to switch over to WinMFS.
Using WinMFS, you should be able to take a drive bigger than 80GB (or an 80GB Maxtor from that era) and write this image to it
I've never used it myself because I don't have that particular model but I grabbed a copy when someone mentioned having it a few years ago.
It'll have to go through the Clear and Delete Everything and then Guided Setup because it came from a machine with a different TiVo Service Number, but if nothing else it'll let you test the unit to make sure the hard drive is the only problem.
When copying drives or restoring backups with either the MFS Live cd or with WinMFS, do the expansion into the extra space on a drive larger than the original as a separate process later on.
That means not using the -x option on the command line and answering NO when WinMFS offers to expand.
Check the drive with
and make sure everything looks okay (and make sure you're looking at the right drive), and then use
to do the expansion as its own separate step.
Sometimes doing it as part of the copy or restore process goes wrong, so spend a few extra seconds to avoid any chance of that.