Originally Posted by eboydog
Im working on a what I thought was a bad drive in a Premiere, it is stuck at the powering up screen and couldn't kickstart 54 it to test the drive.
I have created a MFSlive boot cd, hooked up the drive out of the premeire and booted the live cd. I thought there was a text menu but I see that it's just a command line only.
Need help with basic MFS commands, what do I do to list the drive and at the least see if the drive is bad or not? The drive is recognized to the computer and I presume to MFS but I'm Linux dummy, I know enough to be dangerous and that's all! I saw the command line generator over at the MFSlive site but those are strictly operational guides to accomplish drive copy and expansion task, I need to first just get my feet wet with the command line without killing anything.
If possible I would like to back the drive up if it's accessible and copy the image to another drive as I have several around that should work.
The MFS Live cd, which spike based on the old MFS Tools, and WinMFS, which he wrote to run on Windows, still work fine on Series 1, 2, and 3 TiVos, but when TiVo created the Series 4 platform, the first of which was the Premiere, they changed some stuff about the file system and the partitions which makes MFS Live and WinMFS not only useless on anything newer than the S3 platform, but possibly dangerous to them.
comer created the jmfs cd to copy Premiere drives to bigger ones and expand, but that's all it can do--it can't do backups or restore backups.
You need to read the DvrBARS thread:
and you need to run the drive manufacturer's own diagnostic software on the current drive instead of any of the Kickstart stuff.
Go to the bottom of that page where it says Mirror Sites
Select one near you geographically.
Click on the drive icon
left of the mirror site and just to the right of where it says ISO to download the .iso file which you then burn "as an image" (same as you should have had to do for the MFS Live cd) to a cd-r so that it'll be bootable.
That disk will have all sorts of stuff on it, including diagnostic software from practically all the drive makers.
Run the long test to make sure whether the drive itself has any problems or not.
The UBCD also has a utility that does byte for byte copying, including making multiple attempts to read problem areas, called
which can be used to "Xerox" one drive to another (it's what the jmfs cd uses to do the copy phase of what it does), and it can work around problems with the source drive if they aren't too severe.
It could be that the drive itself is okay but the software on it has gotten scrambled, if so, someone on the DvrBARS thread should be able to help with an image.
The MFS Live cd is worth keeping around for some of the stuff on it that's not necessarily TiVo-specific.