Drive failure - what to do?

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  1. Nov 3, 2009 #1 of 12
    dawg1

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    I have a WD 1TB in my Tivo HD. Started freezing and white screen. I ran the WD drive tool and it wouldn't finish the quick test. I have a new drive on the way. I was wondering if I should attempt to copy my OS image and recorded shows to the new drive? Or is that a lost cause? Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2009 #2 of 12
    lrhorer

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    Well, you can always try. I doubt it will work, though. It's probably time for InstantCake.
     
  3. Nov 4, 2009 #3 of 12
    steve614

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    Unless he still has the original drive...

    Which brings up a point.
    If you're going to upgrade your Tivo, fer cryin' out loud, save the original drive for back up purposes.
    It will save you a lot of headache.
     
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    richsadams

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    +1 :up:
     
  5. Nov 4, 2009 #5 of 12
    dawg1

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    I guess I should first try the mfscopy to see if I can get everything. If that fails, then try truncated backup to at least get the OS and all settings/cablecard stuff. Am I thinking right here?

    If neither works, is there anywhere I can download the Tivo S3/HD image?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Nov 4, 2009 #6 of 12
    orangeboy

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    Isn't that what instantcake is?
     
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    steve614

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    richsadams

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    Your thinking is correct and Steve's link above is for Instant Cake which will give you a fresh TiVo image (be sure to select your specific model). The downside is that it basically makes your TiVo "brand new". You'll need to get your cable company to re-pair your cable cards, etc (unless you have FIOS).

    If you do go with IC and have a lot of season passes you might want to sign up for the "Guru Guides" or "Kid Zone" feature on the TiVo web site. That will allow TiVo to download all of your SP's after you get it up and running. More here:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=4121063&&#post4121063

    Best of luck!
     
  9. Nov 4, 2009 #9 of 12
    mr.unnatural

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    That's not at all necessary. What IS a good idea is to create a backup image that you can restore to any drive that's the same size or larger than the original. Otherwise, you end up with a perfectly good drive sitting around collecting dust that you could have put to good use.
     
  10. jgaermom

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    so now that we have access to our DVRs on tivo for scheduling is it saved there too or do we have to sign up for kidzone or guru guides?
     
  11. steve614

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    You have a point, but the only reason I suggest saving the drive is JIC you have to sent the DVR back to Tivo for any reason.
     
  12. ronsch

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    Mr. Unnatural is correct especially in the case where you have to send the dvr back to TiVo.
     

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