Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Jul 17, 2020 #10421 of 10440
    ThreeSoFar

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    UPDATE: You missed it by one model, but for completeness it's worth mentioning here: From the Roamio forward, you can plop an empty compatible drive in there of most any size and the firmware on the board will see that it's not right and offer to go to the Interwebs and install you a brand new TiVo OS on that drive. You don't have to "scrub" your windows or whatever off of it, it'll offer to do this with any non-TiVo drive. It's almost grandpa level, difficulty wise.
     
  2. Jul 18, 2020 #10422 of 10440
    BizarroTerl

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    The Tivo is model TCD746320
    I pulled the HDD and did a full dvrBARS backup. I got about a dozen read errors. I restored it to the SSD, installed it, and booted it up. Went through about 15 mins of waiting screens and it then came fully back up. Tivo is back up and running and all recordings are still there. Original disk size was 320GB. I didn't bother to try and use the full SSD as we only use this for OTA recordings and only keep 3 or 4 of each series, mostly local news and local interest programs.
     
  3. Jul 18, 2020 #10423 of 10440
    ThreeSoFar

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    Nice! success!

    Anytime you want to try, MFSTools can expand that to use the rest of the space. I'm not sure about the pros/cons of using an SSD on a DVR, as it's constantly recording could it maybe "burn out" the flash?

    ETA: Anyway, I'd maybe save that "broken" original drive to repeat this process if the SSD fails maybe.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2020 #10424 of 10440
    teasip

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    Addendum: Disregard. I was able to locate the MFS file itself, download, and install. TiVo HD backed up and now saved.

    Ugh, Windows (10). Mac OS user. Used to have program on a Windows computer years ago and left it for Mac OS. Past weekend put Win 10 on under Bootcamp. I've downloaded the MFSTools file. I added the program to put the files onto the USB drive. When I press option while booting I select the USB drive. Program looks like it's loading and allows me to enter user name and password and then says "have fun". After that point nothing until I see the Linux prompt with a 300.8223231 mce: [Hardware error]: Machine check events logged. Trying to load using a MBPr mid-2012 laptop. I don't remember the process being this convoluted and scanning the last couple of pages I'm not seeing others getting to the program. Suggestions?
     
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  5. Aug 19, 2020 #10425 of 10440
    pianofunk

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    Looking for an image for model TCD652160. Waited to long to replace the drive.
     
  6. Aug 19, 2020 #10426 of 10440
    ThAbtO

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  7. Aug 19, 2020 #10427 of 10440
    pianofunk

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    Thank you.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2020 #10428 of 10440
    RandallW

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    Have an old TiVo HD that I'm trying to update the HD on. The USB Wifi adapter apparently went bad and wouldn't update the program guide about a month ago (apparently it got too hot and the bottom started melting?). Anyways, went through some steps to try and use my laptop as a wifi bridge, did a Clear & Delete Program data, then it got stuck trying to power-up. Took it apart, cleaned the inside, re-lubed the fan since it was now making noise, and tried to re-image the original and a new 2 TB HD with WinMFS. Also made sure to do wdidle3 on the WD drives, but when I plug it in and power it up, the TiVo just displays a black screen. No "Powering Up" at all. The green button on the front is not flashing (looks to be almost solid on), no buttons function on the remote to display anything for the LEDs on the box.

    Any ideas?
     
  9. Aug 26, 2020 #10429 of 10440
    Stineyusmc

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    Looking for an image for model TCD652160. If someone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much in advance!
     
  10. Aug 26, 2020 #10430 of 10440
    Stineyusmc

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    Could you please forward me that image also, it would be greatly appreciate it and thank you so much and advance!
     
  11. Aug 26, 2020 #10431 of 10440
    ThAbtO

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    What model is the drive? It could be drawing too much power to start up. Have the capacitors in the power supply been replaced?
     
  12. Aug 26, 2020 #10432 of 10440
    ThAbtO

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  13. Aug 27, 2020 #10433 of 10440
    RandallW

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    Purchased a "WD 2 TB WD AV-GP SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM AV Hard Drive WD20EURX". Capacitors have not been replaced, don't appear to have any bulges or blown.
     
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  14. Aug 27, 2020 #10434 of 10440
    ThAbtO

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    You can't always tell if a capacitor went bad just by looking, either test it or just replace them.

    The EURX drives are out of warranty and no longer made. Most of the time, they have Intellipark enabled and need WDidle3 to disable or lengthen the time. There is also Power-up-in-Standby which need to be disabled with HDAT. These are found in the Ultimate Boot CD. The drive must also be connected on SATA to get them to work (no USB.)
     
  15. Aug 27, 2020 #10435 of 10440
    RandallW

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    Ran WDIDLE3 on the drive earlier, but didn't do the PUIS via HDAT2. Just attempted with my UBCD, but it wasn't able to detect my drive (running it via SATA). Is there a non-WD drive that is recommended?
     
  16. Aug 27, 2020 #10436 of 10440
    ThAbtO

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    WD20EFRX, or drives ending in PURX/Z
     
  17. Aug 30, 2020 #10437 of 10440
    RandallW

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    Well, was able to buy a tivo HD from a fellow member in the area to replace the HD, and it worked flawlessly with just the swap. So I have the tivo HD psu and fan if mine ever go bad now. =P. Now if I can figure out why even my old original drive wouldn't run after formatting it with winMFS.
     
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    ThAbtO

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  20. Sep 30, 2020 #10440 of 10440
    SpoonieXL

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    THANK-YOU!!! & Thank you again for the instructions. :D You're awesome!

    I have my downed unit up and running.
     

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