Do I re-use my drive?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by threadkiller, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. threadkiller

    threadkiller Dark side Nrth Devon

    Dec 12, 2002
    had a Samsung spinpoint 120G Hang at the powering up screen, so for ease I bought a preconfigured drive.

    Now then, having run HUTIL on the drive & it finding nothing wrong, & reformatting it in my PC, do I load it back up with one of my images, & shove it into a TiVo I just picked up on ebay? Nothing I've tried says the drive has any errors on it, so I cant see why not.

    Can you ? :confused:
  2. AMc

    AMc Active Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    East of England
    I would - if HUTIL says it's OK then it's OK.
    If it is a bit elderly you might want to consider the replacement cost vs. the time taken to configure and install it.
    If it were mine I would do it but then look - I'm still running one of my original drives :)
    If it dies it's only TV and the software, configuration and hacks are backed up.
  3. mikerr


    Jun 2, 2005
    Lancashire, UK
    How upset would you be if you lost all recordings on the drive at any time?

    If the answer is "not much" (you mainly timeshift) then re-use the drive,
    otherwise don't risk it.
  4. threadkiller

    threadkiller Dark side Nrth Devon

    Dec 12, 2002
    In truth not much, we never have many recordings last more than a week, or so
  5. staffie2001uk

    staffie2001uk New Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    I think you may have to go through a lengthy process to make the drive work in a TiVo after formatting it in a PC (may only apply to WinXP/2000).

    There is a thread on this subject somewhere on the forum, but I don't have time to find it right now.
  6. Cainam

    Cainam Tivo Evangelist

    May 25, 2004
    I think it is OK if you completely re-image the drive that is due to go in the Tivo.

    AIUI, the problem occurs when you put a working Tivo drive into a PC, and boot up with XP, it writes a header record or something that means Tivo can no longer read it. There are ways around this (search for MakeTivoBootable). This is what you will need to do if there are recordings on the drive that you want to keep.

    But if you completely re-image the drive, that fixes the problem as well, it is just that any recordings on there have obvioulsy been deleted!
  7. threadkiller

    threadkiller Dark side Nrth Devon

    Dec 12, 2002
    I've done this before, but not with a basil'd drive, your right you can format a drive in XP, and then re-image & its fine, its only when you boot a TiVo drive in XP it screws up.
  8. BrianHughes

    BrianHughes Regurgitated user

    Jan 21, 2001
    You don't neet to reformat the drive - putting the image on it is all that is required.
  9. threadkiller

    threadkiller Dark side Nrth Devon

    Dec 12, 2002
    I formatted it to give at a good testing for errors, no other reason really. I'll try putting an image on it tomorrow

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