Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

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  1. Jan 25, 2010 #4741 of 10437
    rocko

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    I think that aapplies only when copying to preserve recordings. Truncated backup does just that - truncates the additional partition that WinMFS adds. At least I think that's what it does ... :eek:
     
  2. Jan 25, 2010 #4742 of 10437
    bubagump

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    I read the FAQ and if I understand correctly you cannot access the full capacity of a 2TB drive if you upgraded a TivoHD using a 2TB drive.
    I see auctions from reputable sellers on ebay selling 2TB Tivo HD upgrades with 310+hrs of HD recording.

    Is there a way I can upgrade my Tivo (currently has a 1Tb drive) with a single 2TB internal drive or two 1TB internal drives?
    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2010 #4743 of 10437
    drhankz

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    NOT unless you can get the SECRET Recipe from the eBay Sellers who
    figured out some trick.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2010 #4744 of 10437
    bubagump

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    Dang! I wrote to one of the sellers and he/she said that they figured out a way to do something with the partition size and that is the reason they can make the 2TB drives to work....
     
  5. Jan 25, 2010 #4745 of 10437
    drhankz

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    THEY DO HAVE A SECRET and I'm sure they will Capitalize on it.

    Wouldn't You :D
     
  6. Jan 25, 2010 #4746 of 10437
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    You would think that someone who purchased their product would be willing to run MSFinfo on the drive and share the secret with the rest of us. I would think that WinMFS could be modified to incorporate their partition layout. Is there more to it than that?
     
  7. Jan 25, 2010 #4747 of 10437
    drhankz

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    The person who should do that is bkdtv :up:

    The Thread Starter [​IMG]
     
  8. Jan 25, 2010 #4748 of 10437
    richsadams

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    My vote would be for Spike, the author of winMFS/MFSLive, to crack the secret. I also suspect that he has taken a look at it (he makes several references to the ebay 2TB drives on his forum) and if it was an easy update he would have done it a while ago. From what I've read it entails a lot of coding, not just a line or two, and that it's far from easy.

    I also know that Lou at DVRUpgrade.com is not happy with the ebay guy because he copied a lot of the info directly from Lou's website to his own ebay page, so Lou may have some stake in getting the process out into the public domain as well.

    We'll see what happens...stay tuned!
     
  9. Jan 25, 2010 #4749 of 10437
    drhankz

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    Go Lou - Go Lou - Go Lou [​IMG]
     
  10. Jan 25, 2010 #4750 of 10437
    Phantom Gremlin

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    If the information is literally "copied", why doesn't DVRUpgrade send a copyright notice to Ebay? That should get the attention of the DVR dude!

    OTOH a 1 TB drive from DVRUpgrade is $240, and it's only $120 from ebay. That's a lot of extra bread.
     
  11. Jan 25, 2010 #4751 of 10437
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    Nevermind, I've read through the Forums. Going to see if I can find a PC that has a SATA connection so I can just buy the WD10EVDS drive as that is close to what my brother has. I did my previously upgrade with only my laptop.
     
  12. Jan 26, 2010 #4752 of 10437
    jlib

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    It is not so much a secret but rather there are no casual user tools such as WinMFS to enable the functionality while preserving such desirable things as recordings and Cable Card pairing. Spike says they are probably using a modified mfstools and some manual partition editing to create multiple media partitions. He also says "it's fairly easy to do" (but Spike is talking as a programmer). Basically, only one master drive of a certain model needs to be created. Then just use Linux dd to clone as many of them as you want. That is what the eBay guy is doing.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2010 #4753 of 10437
    bubagump

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    It is indeed true that currently there is no way to preserve your recordings when upgrading with a 2TB drive.
     
  14. Jan 26, 2010 #4754 of 10437
    raianoat

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    Thanks. Somebody else on Twitter recommended the same thing.

    I thought I did it when I upgraded the drive the first time but I most not have. In any case, I'm not in a huge rush since I haven't even come close to filling up the drive (minus the ~14 extra hours that a SuperSize will give me).

    While we're on the topic of SuperSize. Does anybody know how supersize works? How does it "magically" get extra space? My guess is that it reduces the size of one of the partitions.
     
  15. Jan 26, 2010 #4755 of 10437
    dmartin5454

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    This is addressed in the FAQ found at http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=370784 :

     
  16. Jan 26, 2010 #4756 of 10437
    DallasFlier

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    Always good to check the last page or two of this thread, along with the separate forum for deals. Just yesterday in this thread, this was posted:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7740400#post7740400

    I think $80 (shipped) before rebate and $65 after rebate, with a $10 donation to Haiti relief thrown in for good measure, is a pretty good deal for a 1T drive.
     
  17. Jan 26, 2010 #4757 of 10437
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    The EARS drives don't have Intellipark AFAIK?!... I can't comment on the menu restart -- I just powered-on and have left it that way! :)
     
  18. Jan 27, 2010 #4758 of 10437
    richsadams

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    I'm almost certain all WD GP drives (including the EARS models) have the Intellipark "feature". A menu restart may cause it to hang at the Welcome screen. if so you can power cycle it (unplug it and plug it back in) and all should be well. About the only time it will be a problem is when TiVo issues an update (about every quarter). But they are working on it and the next update may have a fix anyway.

    Enjoy!
     
  19. Jan 27, 2010 #4759 of 10437
    schwinn

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    FWIW, the payment was sent ($79.99)... it's sent from my bank, and you simply enter the e-bill information. In other words, you are sending ebillme a payment, and the account number, etc, lets them know who you are paying for. So, in this sense, it's a pretty neat/secure payment.

    The payment was received by them over the weekend (paid on Friday) and I got shipment notification from ZZF yesterday... so it all appears to be working well. Last step will be the mailin rebate... but at least this part of it all seems to be going well!
     
  20. Jan 27, 2010 #4760 of 10437
    richsadams

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    No...the last step is enjoying your "new supersized" TiVo! ;)
     

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