I have a TCD652, lifetime service. A couple of years ago, the hard drive crapped out, so I replaced it with a 1-gigger from DVRupgrade (WD10EURX -- WD "green"). Well, now that one has crapped out, too (GSOD in-between reboots) -- and with a LOT of shows on it. I'd like to get them back.
You'd 'a thunk I would have learned from the previous failure and made a backup, but I didn't. I promise I won't let that happen again!!!
I've got a USB to SATA adapter on a laptop running Win7. I did not let Windows do anything to the drive. I ran WD's extended diags -- it reported no issues.
I can get MFSlive and WinMFS to recognize the drive (/dev/sdb), but msfinfo tells me "volume header corrupt." Partition list looks generally TiVo-like. (It's been many years since I worked in Unix/Linux, but I can try to capture and post here if the specifics are important/helpful.)
The drive is still under WD's warranty, so I may be able to get a replacement -- with nothing on it, of course. Is that necessary/advisable (since it passed diags)? (They'll undoubtedly give me a refurbished unit, and I don't have much faith in refurbs.)
Whether or not I get a new drive: Is there anything I can try to get back my shows (and season passes and all)? I've scoured this forum and other sources for many hours over the last couple of days, haven't found anything else that sounded promising enough to try (mostly because everything involves dual drives, and I don't have that luxury).
I'd rather not spend much money, but if there's something I can buy cheap-ish that would allow me save my shows and is easy to execute, I'll take it. (Not asking too, too much, am I?
Failing "cheap/easy/effective," I'm willing to try anything. (Let me warn you that vacation is coming up soon, so might not respond quickly a few days from now.)