Originally Posted by kendq
I need to replace my IDE series 2 drive (very noisey) and I just got a 250g sata drive and adapter, I have replaced my drive once before (a long while ago) and still have the backup, my issue is using mfs tools it is set up for ide as is my computer. how can I get the image to the sata drive would that be my best route? my current drive is still working if there were a way to copy it or even just start fresh
If the drive currently in the TiVo is noisy but still working, then copying it to the new SATA drive is probably the best way to go.
That way you save all your settings, season passes, thumb ratings, and recorded shows.
If your computer is running Windows XP or newer, you can install WinMFS and do the copying with it, and I think even if when you replaced the drive before you expanded and now have all 3 allowable MFS partition pairs, WinMFS can enlarge the MFS Media partition on the end to use all of the extra space on the new SATA drive.
The PC probably has 2 PATA/IDE headers, which means a total of 4 devices allowable, so you can leave your Windows drive hooked up, as well as your cd or dvd deck, and still be able to accomodate the TiVo drive and its intended replacement.
If you can put one of the drives on the primary IDE cable along with the Windows drive, and the other drive on the secondary cable along with the optical drive, the copy should go a lot faster than if both the TiVo drive and the new drive are on the same cable.
The way to use the SATA drive in the PC is of course the same as how you're going to use it on the IDE cable of the TiVo, with the adapter.
But if your PC has a GigaByte brand motherboard, say so first, so I can tell you the precautions you must take to keep it from screwing up the drives.