After 11 hours, still stuck . . . .

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by raja, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. raja

    raja New Member

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    I'm trying to upgrade to a larger drive.
    I have a series 2, TCD240090.
    It has a 120 drive in it -- an upgrade I put in a few years ago from weakknees. But I'm getting some freezes and occasional odd noises, so I thought I better upgrade before it crapped out.

    I found Hindsdale's website, thought I could handle the job, so I bought a 250 GB WD Caviar hard drive as a replacement.

    Printed out Hinsdale's directions, and attempted to make a backup copy, and restore it to the new drive. Seemed to work fine, but when I put the new Tivo disk in, it went to the "nearly there" screen, but then went back to "welcome, powering on". Took out the new drive, and popped in the old Tivo disk, just to see if I'd screwed something up. The old disk worked fine.

    I repeated the process several times, just to make sure I wasn't typing something in error or making some other mistake.

    In attempting to solve this I stumbled upon the step-by-step weakknees upgrade instructions. Used their boot cd, the drives showed correctly. I partitioned the new drive to Fat so as to accept the backup file. But when I typed in "mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt, it said something like "Bogus fat drive. Need to specify filesystem."
    I tried this and a couple of variations about 10 times, but no luck.

    I thought I'd try skipping the backup process, and tried the weakknees mfsbackup and mfs restore command. But I got an error that said the "disk was not large enough for the backup".

    I searched around the internet and around this site, searching on the error messages, but couldn't find anything helpful.

    At this point, I don't know what more I can do. I'm wondering if the store will take back the hard drive . . . .

    I should add that I have been in computers for 20 years, and done some professional programming. But I don't know Linux.

    Thanks for any help you can offer . . . .. :)
     
  2. rbtravis

    rbtravis New Member

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  3. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    +1 for www.mfslive.org. This site has the latest and greatest upgrade software. The Hinsdale guide is very out of date, but will still work for most drives. But you tried to upgrade an upgraded drive, which the Hinsdale guide and associated boot CDs can't handle.

    robomeister
     
  4. raja

    raja New Member

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    Thanks rbtravis and robomeister!!

    I used MSFLive. however the command failed when I tried to move to a new disk and save recordings.
    backup -qTao - /dev/hda | restore -s 128 -xzpi - /dev/hdb

    Error message --
    Uncompressed backup size: 99940 MB
    Restore: Backup target not large enough for entire backup by itself.

    When I checked the boot up readout, the drive I'm copying to said 250,054 MB, which is correct.

    I went to the MSF Live help, and it said that this error message could occur, but it was taken care of by MSF Live.

    I know I've got the drives hooked up right, because I was able to make a backup without saving files, and it tested correctly.

    Any suggestions about what the problem might be . . . and how to solve it??

    Thanks
     
  5. rbtravis

    rbtravis New Member

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    Sent private message to spike2k5 tell him your problem i believe he wrote the software and can tell you the solution.
     
  6. raja

    raja New Member

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    In searching around, I found that Spike recommends WinMFS.

    I'm trying that now, and it seems to be copying the disk correctly . . . .

    This program is a lot easier to use.

    *** A final note: It worked !!!!!
     
  7. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    I got the same error you described. I downloaded the WinMFS and that did the trick form me. I was trying to upgrade an upgraded disc, and the mfslive v1.3b boot CD would not let me do the upgrade, but the WinMFS program would. Thanks spike!

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