Copy S3 HDD from one to another drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by PaulRuby, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. PaulRuby

    PaulRuby New Member

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    ARgh... I have an s3 with a seagate barracuda 750gb. But, my tivo has started to stutter A LOT. So, I bought a seagate db35.3 750gb to swap in and see if that relieves the problem. I used the weakness upgrade instructions (shows at bottom). But, I get an error saying the target drive is too small to hold the backup. Rats! These are essentially the same drive. Can anyone point me to instructions to copy from a 750gb barracuda to a 750gb db35.3?

    Thanks!
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    First, you need to prepare the boot media: Download the Boot CD image of MFSTool 2.0 with SATA support here:

    http://www.weaknees.com/weaknees_sata.iso

    mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/sda | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/sdb
     
  2. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Use WinMFS.

     
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Just leave the -x out. Or even just do a dd copy, or dd_rescue (it can use DMA, and gives a progress indicator).
     
  4. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    Correct command to copy to the same size drive and retain recordings and settings:

    old mfstools:
    mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/sda | mfsrestore -s 127 -zpi - /dev/sdb

    MfsLive Linux Boot cd:
    backup -qTao - /dev/sda | restore -s 128 -zpi - /dev/sdb

    WinMFS:
    tools->mfscopy

    They maybe 750GB but actual # of sectors might be different. In your case, I guess DB35.3 drive is slightly smaller. You are out of luck as far as transfering recordings.

    You can try truncated backup/restore but will loose all recordings.
     
  5. PaulRuby

    PaulRuby New Member

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    Thanks folks! I guess I need to jump to 1TB to save my recordings...
     
  6. spike2k5

    spike2k5 New Member

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    That would do it.

    Also, WinMFS is the only tool that will let you expand to 1TB since you have reached 16 partition limit on your current drive.
     

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