Originally Posted by teleskier
Yes, legit transferred lifetime and I believe it's a TCD652160 as it was the "20-hr" model before the seller added his 1TB disk. (652-0201-xxx = serial#).
I've had it for a year and lived with the infrequent skipping. But now that I recently deleted many old shows from a year ago, all the bad sectors seem to be free again, and the skips and pauses have reached an untenable point (5-8 long pauses and 1-3 reboots per 30min show).
Is there a way to delete (or not copy) all the old files/shows in the Deleted folder? I'm guessing not. I probably have 30 shows in Now Playing and 180 shows in Deleted.
Thanks for the help already.
I am going to see how I do this weekend....
If you are sure you don't want to save or recover any of the shows in the Recently Deleted folder, you go into the Recently Deleted folder and for each show you want to permanently delete (and yes you have to do them one at a time) you use the up and down arrows to highlight the one you want to eliminate, hit the Clear button on the remote (bottom left hand corner of remote, below the 7) and when it pops up the "Are you sure" message, you hit the Select button on the remote to confirm that yes you really really do want to permanently erase the show.
If you hold the remote in your right hand and use your right thumb on the Clear button and your left thumb on the Select button, you can get a rhythm going and wipe them all out much more quickly than you might expect from all the steps involved.
Then, assuming the TiVo Fairy came in the night and put WinMFS on your PC, you hook up the drive and the replacement (after having used the WD diagnostic long test from the UBCD on that replacement drive to be sure there's nothing about it that's going to turn around and bite you anytime soon), launch WinMFS as administrator, Click File, Select Drive, and select the current TiVo drive, then it's something like Tools, Mfscopy, or Tools, Copy Drive or something like that, and that lets you specify the target drive, since the TiVo drive is already selected as the source.
If the target drive isn't showing up check the "Show mounted drives" box.
If that WD20EURS was taken from an external enclosure or was a return/refurb, it may have a Master Boot Record on it, which Windows would have detected.
That won't be a problem, WinMFS's copy function will overwrite it (which is why even with show mounted drives checked it won't show the one you boot the PC with and from which you load the Windows operating system).
It also lets you specify a swap partition size different from the default.
Go ahead and set it to 1000--that's only about 15 minutes of video worth of space and may be cheap insurance down the road if it needs the space to move things around to fix something.
If it offers anything about the partition layout (sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't), you DO want the "advanced layout" (I think you have to check the box to avoid having it, but read the wording carefully to be sure).
Then you click the Start button (I think that's what it's called) and it starts the copying process.
Then the progress indicator seems to freeze and you go do something else for a long time and leave it alone.
Eventually if finishes.
When it does it tells you that you have extra space and asks if you want to expand.
You tell it NO. Trust me on this.
Then you go back to File, Select Drive and this time you select the drive to which you just did the copying, the new replacement drive.
Then you click on
which I think will be under Tools, and it shows you stuff about the TiVo software on that new replacement drive, assuming nothing went wrong during the copy procedure.
I'm thinking the partition map will be showing 16 partitions, with 14 and 15 having labels that indicate they were added when the original 160GB drive was replaced with that 1TB you just copied, and the 16th partition will be large and will be an Apple Free Partition, which is how the Apple Partition Map refers to space that hasn't been partitioned.
Then if everything seems to be okay you close that out and go find
which I think is also under Tools.
This will take that Apple Free Partition and incorporate it into the 3rd MFS Media partition (the 15th), so that you will be left with only 15 partitions total.
It'll say something about a partition being over 1.2TB in size. Tell it you DO want to create one bigger than that. (again, I forget how they word it exactly).
When that finishes, go back to
and make sure everything looks okay and that the partition map shows all of the space in use and only 15 partitions.
Then shut things down and put the new drive in the TiVo and fire it up.
Of course while you have the TiVo opened up you really need to check the power supply for any signs of bulging or "doming" on the electrolytic capacitors on the power supply circuit board, and if you have a voltmeter and know how to use it it would be a good idea to check the output voltages as well, since not all failing capacitors show visual signs.
You can, and should, do the visual inspection with the power cord not plugged in, but voltage measurements would have to be done with the TiVo's power cord plugged in, which means the open power supply circuit board could maybe kill you if you touched it in the wrong place, so learn more about how to do those measurements safely if you need to.
If you're going to be an owner of a Series 2 or Series 3 platform TiVo model, you should familiarize yourself with the "capacitor plague" problem and how to deal with it:
It's a lot of pages, but go ahead and read it all.