DirecTV HD DVR HR10-250 Upgrade Thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by weaknees, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Jun 8, 2005 #1621 of 1979
    weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    This is a pretty complicated issue, but basically the problem is that you have to bless the B drive and add it to the UNEXPANDED A drive in the TiVo, and boot the unit. Then, you power down and mfsadd the extra space on each drive.

    So the first round uses only 250 GB of the A drive and 137 GB of the B drive. Then the mfsadd uses the remaining space on each drive.

    You'll have to reformat your A drive to make this work.

    Michael
     
  2. Jun 8, 2005 #1622 of 1979
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    swinotai New Member

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    wow.. thanks for the very quick response. So just for clarity, I have to restore (don't expand) my A drive, Bless my B drive, THEN expand both drives? Can I just do a restore to the A drive, or do I actually have to reformat? Thanks!!

    Sam
     
  3. Jun 8, 2005 #1623 of 1979
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    There's an easier way that several people have tried and have reported success with: use "-r 4" with mfsadd when creating partitions > 274GB. This avoids the need for the BlessTivo step. It should work with partition sizes up to 1TB. reference.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2005 #1624 of 1979
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    swinotai New Member

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    Thanks weaknees and JamieP for the solution!

    Weaknees, thanks for the advice, but that solution didn't work for me. After saying what to do, it still went through the looping. =( However, JamieP's solution worked. Thanks again... both of you!

    Sam
     
  5. Jun 8, 2005 #1625 of 1979
    weaknees

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    We haven't fully embraced the "-r 4" routine yet, but many users are reporting success with it.

    Michael
     
  6. Jun 8, 2005 #1626 of 1979
    JamieP

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    Yes, I guess it's worth pointing out that the BlessTivo approach has been around longer and is less "experimental".
     
  7. svandive

    svandive TivoHelix

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    All,

    I have recently purchased a HR10-250, but I purchased a NR10 not too long before this new purchase.

    My questions simple really, but I was having a hard figuring out how to search the forum for an answer so I figured best to ask...

    Any way. Since I have not too long ago made everybody in the family suffer through losing everything we had on our old SAT T60 to move to the R10, I don't want to do this to them all again. So I want to pull the shows I have on my R10 and put them on the new HR10-250. I have also been playing with the idea of getting networking setup (via, killhdinitrd ) and or adding another 250 gig drive to the HR10-250. I mention this simply to say that I am already in a position to pull the drives (R10 / HR10-250) and play with them in my linux box so I figure if I can save the shows all the better.

    Well thanks for the help...

    Scott
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    440hrs!?!! :eek: :eek:
     
  9. cjb

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    I replaced my 250 Gig A drive with a 300 Gig A drive (I did do a backup and have it still), and already ran mfsadd to get the extra space. Does this mean that I have to go back to the original "virgin" 250Gig backup in order to add another 300 Gig drive in?

    Ie:

    - Restore the original 250Gig image to the current 300Gig A drive (blowing away the current settings/recordings).
    - Bless the new 300 Gig B drive.
    - Put them in the Tivo, let it boot.
    - Take them back out, then mfsadd the two drives together.

    Do I understand this correctly? If this is true, then it sounds like you can only mfsadd once on a Tivo? Or maybe the 250Gig limit is the problem?

    -CJ
     
  10. boiler11

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    Redondo...

    Just a few posts back (#1623) JamieP mentioned using the "-r 4" option with mfsadd which should allow you to just add the extra drive without jumping through all the hoops. By saying "just a few posts back", I wasn't trying to be rude, just telling you where to find it.

    Sean.
     
  11. cjb

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    Thanks. Yea, I saw that, but was looking for some clarification on if you can mfsadd twice on a single Tivo. That's basically what I'm trying to do...

    I guess worst case, I'll have to restore back to the original backup image... I'll give it a shot this weekend...
     
  12. johnvv

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    Question on mfsbackup and BlessTiVo behavior. Also need to know how to reformat or delete linux partitions on upgrade drives.

    Recently started work on upgrading my HR10-250 to 2 x 300GB Seagate drives. All was going well until the drive motor of the B drive died after testing mfsrestore and marrying the drives (per the tivo.upgrade-instructions for my scenario). Got a replacement Seagate for the failed one, andnow have good copy of the A drive but a virgin B drive. Re-blessing the new B led to the GSOD and the HR10-250 could not recover. So, I decided to re-start from the beginning of the instructions to ensure clean copies and configs for each drive.

    Couple of questions:

    1. Does the command:

    mfsbackup - Tao - /dev/hdb | mfsrestore -zi - /dev/hdc

    completely delete all info on /dev/hdc? Or, if there is an extra partition on drive, from when A + B we married prior to B failing, will it still be there after the copy is complete?

    2. If the the command in #1 (above) does not wipe the target, how do I do that to get the new A drive ready and clean (i.e. reset it) prior to starting a new copy of the original A drive (per #1).

    3. The command:

    BlessTiVo /dev/hdd

    appears to add three partitions to the target B drive. If an attemtped marry of this drive has failed, will re-blessing it 'reset' the partition and drive info for a subsequent marrying attempt? If not, what needs to be done to reset it to a virgin bare drive for the BlessTiVo command to work and the new marrying to be successful?

    Finally, I've run BlessTivo on a drive a 300GB drive that had a copy of the original A drive. The 'bless' reprteed 279GB available. Previous blessing of another 300GB drive that did not have a copy of A on it only reported 127 GB. Why the difference? Again, both these blessing occured prior to ever running an mfsadd on either drive.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  13. FlopShot

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    Has anyone been able to get a wireless network connection running on an HR10-250 running 3.1.5f? I was running a Cat5 to the HDTivo via a Netgear FA120 but I just moved into a new house and the HDTivo is nowhere near my network router. I tried using the 2.4.20 kernel backport method to load the wireless drivers for that kernel and it royally screwed up my unit, I had to re-image it from scratch. I previously had my HDVR2 running wireless on a Belkin F5D6050 but I will purchase whatever wireless adaptor I need for the HR10-250. I searched this forum (and the other one too) and it doesn't seem like anyone has found a foolproof method yet. Anyone out here have any luck?
     
  14. bfdhe

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    Since the HR10-250 cannot do wireless, I use the supported Linksys USB200M and plug it into a Dlink Wireless Bridge (DWL-G810).

    This gives me wireless on my HR10-250. As a matter of fact, all 4 of my TiVos are connected the same way.
     
  15. sbarrier

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    With the latest price drop, I'm about ready to take the HD TIVO plunge. I'd like to add a second drive and have just begun reading about what steps to perform.

    I've read the weaknees upgrade instructions 3x and just want to make sure that I have it correct. (I want to add a new 300GB drive to the HD TIVO w/o a backup).

    Simplified Instructions
    1. Install 300GB hdd in PC
    2. Boot of off Weaknees Boot CD
    3. run "BlessTiVo /dev/hda"
    4. Install 300GB hdd in HD TIVO

    This should give me ~ 550GB (250GB from original drive + 300GB from newly "blessed" drive). Is that it? Seems to be fairly easy as long as you follow the instructions carefully? If I'm upgrading a new unit, is there any reason to make a backup?

    Also, in the post directly above mine, someone mentions connecting the HD TIVO via wireless NIC. Why would you do this? Can you share the files off of it?

    Thanks,

    Shon
     
  16. weaknees

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    That's basically right. Just be careful since you're upgrading without a backup.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2005 #1637 of 1979
    FlopShot

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    I was trying to do this without a bridge but I think I might have to go that route. Someone in the other forum got wireless working on an HR10-250, but he had to manipulate the kernel all over the place, which is how I screwed up my machine trying to mimic him. UBid.com has a Motorola 802.11g bridge for just $54 so it's not worth my hassle messing with the kernel anymore. Thanks.
     
  18. Vivid

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    With help from the guys from the HD Tivo section I think my HD in my HR10-250 is dying and I need to swap it out. I can get a 320 gb hd for $120, if I do a direct copy of my current HD onto a new HD will it work ok? Or should I follow the steps in the Weaknees interactive upgrade site? thanks, I'm looking for the easiest way to replace a dying HD with out using D* credits to get anew Hr250 when MPEG 4 is not far a way...
     
  19. weaknees

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    Not sure what kind of direct copy you'd use, but our instructions are basically that, but they make it simple and potentially much faster. If you are considering something like Norton Ghost, don't bother, it won't work.
     
  20. Vivid

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    thanks weakness. One qu about the HDs, is there an optimal speed, cache for the drives? I am looking at a maxtor maxline plusII 5400rpm and 2mb cache and althought I want to be a cheap as possible but I don't want to run into a bunch of problems just to save $20.
     

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