Can I use a hard drive recovery software to get TV shows off TIVO hard drive?

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  1. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Member

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    Can I use a hard drive recovery software to get TV shows off TIVO hard drive?

    My TIVO is unable to connect to the network.

    Can I use some kind of data recovery or forensic data software to recover everything from the hard drive including TV shows.

    I can view current recordings just fine on my TIVO however it won't connect to the network or respond to the codes for force a firmware reinstall or play/record anything from live TV.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    No, That is called extraction and cannot be discussed any where in this forum.

    All the shows is encoded and to be able to get them, you have to download from the Tivo itself over the network.
     
  3. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Member

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    Unfortunately my TIVO does not seem to be able to connect over the network anymore. I even manually input the network settings but that does not work either. think my best option would be to do a fresh install using new hard drive.

    I would like to backup the data and perhaps reload the show back on the TIVO. I don't know why that would be objectionable to anyone.

    Can you refer me to another forum/website or private message me if you know anything about extraction that might help me? I am just trying to preserve my recordings before I do a fresh install with a new hard drive to try to fix my recently nonfunctional TIVO.

    Thanks.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Extraction means getting the shows directly off the drive without the Tivo operating. This would include copy protected shows. The discussion on how to do that is banned on here, per the rules. Enough said.

    If your Tivo cannot connect by the network, the only other way is to use adapter cable through the video outputs and play each one and recording it on another device. You may lose quality, and Closed captions (if wanted and needs to be enabled). Tedious task as it needs to be tended to.
     
  5. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    What model TiVo is it? There might be alternative ways to have it connect to the network.
     
  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    TiVo recordings are stored in a unique format that isn't understood by any conventional drive recovery software, never mind that they're encrypted in a way that's tied to a motherboard-specific ID.

    It would probably be easier to fix your network issue.
     

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