80GB to 250GB

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by unixb0y, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    I'm planning on upgrading the 80GB HD to a 250GB HD.

    In don't own a PC at home. So i can't use tivo to go as a backup.

    I'd like to keep my recordings.

    I was hoping to leave the copy over night.

    How long would it take to copy 80GB over?
     
  2. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Depending on the number of recordings and the PC used I would expect 80gb to take anything from 2 to 8 hours so, yes, you should definitely allow for an overnight job.
     
  3. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    Kewl!

    Thanks!

    It's a Dual Core Athlon X2 with 1GB of Ram

    I'll post how long it takes.
     
  4. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    That should be fairly quick, but for maximum speed put the drives on separate IDE channels and make sure DMA is enabled.
     
  5. rsnaider

    rsnaider Active Member

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    I have done recent upgrades from a 120 to 300 keeping all recordings.

    Using an old Dell PIII 800 it took just over 2 hours.
     
  6. jeff125va

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    I just upgraded from a 40GB drive, took less than an hour, wish I'd have timed it. I always use separate IDE channels when doing backups & restores; they're not just slower for me when I've forgotten that, they get stuck and don't finish at all. But that's contrary to the how-to's I've used. I used the Weaknees interactive instructions last night, and I ignored their recommendation to put the source and destination on the same channel. I'd be surprised if it would have gone faster than it did.
     
  7. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    I've read that somethimes the boot cd does not work even when the onboard SATA controller is disabled. I'll see how this works later tonight.

    2 hours would be sweet!
     
  8. Apr 1, 2006 #8 of 16
    unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    I bought a 320GB Western Digital

    Well the cd booted without a problem.

    It took 10 minutes to do a small backup on my dos drive.
    mfsbackup -f 9999 -6so /mnt/dos/tivo.bak /dev/hdb

    However I got an error when i ran:
    mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/hdb | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hda
    Backup Target not large enough for entire backup by itself mfsrestore

    So i decided to try the backup and restore without saving the data:
    mfsbackup -f 9999 -so - /dev/hdb | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hda

    Which worked, but when i rebooted the tivo with the new 320GB drive, i got the Green screen of death and then the tivo reboots.

    Things i'll have to look into:
    1.) When i first got the tivo, it was an exanded 80GB drive. Maybe one can't expand the drive twice.
    2.) Maybe 320GB is too much
    3.) Maybe 7.2.2 doesn't play nice anymore.

    I'll have to do some more investigtion. For the time being, i'm running on the 80GB.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2006 #9 of 16
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    BiscuitSlayer New Member

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    I wish I had an answer for your problem, but I can tell you that the 250GB drive is not too big. I have seen some of the companies selling upgrade kits with 2 500GB drives.

    I ran into a similar issue, and I think it might be kernel related. If I find any relavant info, I'll post it back to this thread.
     
  10. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Yes, you cannot further expand an already expanded drive on Series 2s and DirecTV DVRs (all series).
     
  11. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    Can i add the 320GB to the 80GB that is already there?
     
  12. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    I wouldn't, but yes.
     
  13. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    Mick, why wouldn't you do it?
     
  14. lajohn27

    lajohn27 Fanboi.. So what?

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    I wouldn't do it .. because two hard drives = two times the likelihood of failure in the future.
     
  15. unixb0y

    unixb0y New Member

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    Well i have an image, so if i need to rebuild i can.

    I added the 2nd drive last night.

    I'm now up to 446hrs WooT!
     
  16. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    And that risk of failure isn't worth it when one or more of the drives are <200GB, or possibly a combined total less then the sweet spot of the market.
     

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