Does newer software version allow larger hard drives

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  1. vasilemj

    vasilemj Member

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    I vaguely remember that at a time, older TiVo software versions only allowed the unit to see 137GB. With the latest software for TiVo Series 2, is this now a non-issue. If I wanted to upgrade my drive, could I put in any size hard drive and have it be recognized if I used InstantCake software?

    I currently have 2 hard drives in my system but would be willing to sacrifice the shows on those hard drives (I have downloaded them to my computer for backup purposes) and move back to one big drive.

    Any thoughts? Can I move from two drives back to one huge drive?

    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

    Vas
     
  2. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Welcome to 2004.















    (to answer the question directly: Yes)
     
  3. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    This has never been a problem with Series 2 boxes, and isn't with Series 1 boxes with current software. However, some of the tools have difficulty building MFS partitions larger than 256GB, so look for instructions in the Upgrades section of the forum.
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    If your TSN begins with 5 or 6, or you have an HR10-250, you will have LBA48 on any software version.

    If your TSN begins with 1 or 2, software versions greater than 6 came with LBA48, so you can make a drive use all of its capacity. You have to make it that way though, it isn't automatic.

    Also, you need to use an LBA48 version of an MFStools boot CD, or WinMFS.

    For Series 1s, they don't come with LBA48 in any software version, but can replace the kernel with an LBA48 aware one.
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I don't know exactly when it was changed (I'm thinking v4.x) but the early S2 software versions did not support larger drives.
     
  6. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    V4.x with a stock kernel supported 137GB. It was V7.x (7.1 launched Jan 2005) that came with LBA48 for all units, V5.x on S2.5 units (first arriving summer 2004). As I recall anyways.
     

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