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Dvr Backup And Restore Software for Windows (DvrBARS)

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ggieseke, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. CentralValley209

    CentralValley209 New Member

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    Alright, thanks for the advice. I'll see what I can do.

    But before I start, Is there a way to check if the new hard drive is any good? Maybe it's faulty and I do not want to risk it failing 3 months - 1 year later.

    Also, will the hd need to be formatted in any way?
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  2. jmbach

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    Run WD diagnostic on it with a full write followed by a full read.

    Sent from my SM-T827V using Tapatalk
     
  3. CentralValley209

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  4. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Yes
     
  5. SirMontego

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    Yes, it is a 1 TB drive. It is a Western Digital Blue. It says 1.0 TB on it. It is a WD10EZRZ SATA 64MB Cache.

    I ran HDAT2 again and verified that there is no HPA. It said "Host Protected Area: disabled" and in the Overview of hidden areas the HPA was 0 in size.

    Just to be sure. I wiped the whole drive clean with HDAT2 (which took a few hours) and under the Errors it said "blocks 1" and on the next line "sectors 1". I think that might be the AMNF (I'm not sure what that stands for). It also said "1953524708 100% Address mark not found" and "AHCI100: Task File Error Status (TFES) [b1h]. Press any key . . . "

    Can I return the drive for this?

    Also, I did a restore with two other drives (which have errors according to the western digital diagnostic program, but theses are the only spare drives I have) and I got the same stuck at start up screen.

    Thanks again for any help you can provide.
     
  6. jmbach

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    Would run WD Diagnostic full write and read and see if there are any codes.
     
  7. SirMontego

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    I ran the full test and no errors came up.
     
  8. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Restore the image to the drive and make a video of the booting process so that we can see the TV screen and the front of the unit. Post that so we can see what the unit is doing.
     
  9. SirMontego

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    Here's the video:


    Note that the green light does go on for the first 30 seconds. I'm not sure why it doesn't show up on the video after the TV lights up; maybe the video compression removed it or the contrast is too little.

    To save ya'll from watching the most boring 2 minute video in history:
    • 0 seconds: I plug the Tivo in and all the lights turn on. All the lights then turn off except the green one. The "Welcome! Starting up..." screen appears (sorry for the shaking, that's me plugging the tivo in and backing up).
    • 1-29 seconds: the green light remains on.
    • 30 seconds: the green light goes off for a moment and the amber/orange light turns on
    • 31-36 seconds: the green light remains on and the amber light flickers (if the amber/orange light flickering pattern is significant, let me know and I'll study it)
    • 37 seconds to infinity: green light remains on and the "Welcome! Starting up..." screen continues to appear (the tv screen doesn't change at all from the time it displays until I power off, which could be an hour or more).
    As a matter of background, I used the dvrbars restore program to restore the drive from a TCD748000 image. I have a tivo premiere xl.

    I used HDAT2 to confirm there is no Host Protected Area or PUIS. My drive is a new Western Digital Blue, 1.0 TB. It is a WD10EZRZ SATA 64MB Cache. I ran the full Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows | WD Support and it said the drive is fine.

    Thank you all again for your patient support.
     
  10. jmbach

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    So it is booting into the OS but not finishing the setup.

    Is it connected to the internet while it is booting?

    How long have you left it in its final boot screen. That image was pre-rovi and it might need to download some data to make it compatible with Rovi guide data before it can complete booting.
     
  11. SirMontego

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    For the video, the tivo wasn't connected to the internet, but in previous attempts it was. I think I left the unit plugged in for an hour or two during those internet-connected attempts and nothing changed. Let me try connecting the tivo to the internet and powering it up again.

    If i plug in a cat5 cable how long would it take to download and install the update if I have a 100mbps connection? I guess what I'm really asking is how long should I let the unit sit there with the "Welcome! Starting up..." screen?

    thanks again.
     
  12. jmbach

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    About 3 hours. If it does not boot up by then, power cycle it and see if it boots up.

    If that does not work, will need to find you a newer image to boot from.
     
  13. CentralValley209

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    I was actually looking at another thread for MFS tools 3.2 and someone posted a command line of:
    mfstool copy -ai /dev/sda /dev/sdb
    which one is correct?
     
  14. jmbach

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    sdX us your source drive. It can be sda, sdb, sdc, and so on. sdY is the target drive and can be sda, sdb, sdc, and so on. It is up to you to determine the actual label.
     
  15. CentralValley209

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    I am actually referring to the beginning part:
    Mfscopy
    Mfstool copy​

    Also, I am having some issues with the Mfs tool 3.2 cd. When I get to the login part I am able to type in "root" but not able to type in anything for the password part. Has this happened to anyone?
    Is is just a glitch and need to reboot the cd or something with the software?
     
  16. SirMontego

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    No success. I plugged in my tivo and let it sit there for 12 hours. The "Welcome! Starting up..." screen appeared the whole time. I then unplugged the tivo, waited a few hours, plugged it back in, and the "Welcome! Starting up..." has been showing for the past two hours.
     
  17. jmbach

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    Sent you a PM
     
  18. SirMontego

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    I would like to thank everyone who helped me here. As an update on my attempt to fix my Tivo Premiere XL, it looks like my motherboard is broken, which appears to mean that my Tivo is dead.

    So nobody needs to read my old posts, my Tivo is stuck at the "Welcome! Starting up..." screen. I restored three different images using DvrBARS, confirmed those images work by placing that hard drive into a working tivo of the same model number, and swapped out the power supply (and the attached sata cable) from a working Tivo. None of that worked. Cry. It looks like something on my motherboard is broken.

    I understand that weakness has a $50 diagnostic service, but sending my tivo to them will cost me another $50 (I live in Hawaii) plus I have to pay for any repair parts. Comparatively, the cost of a Tivo Premiere with Lifetime subscription on ebay is about $150 (including shipping).

    Moreover, in my quest to fix my broken Tivo, I bought a used Premiere XL with Lifetime off Craigslist for $75 (this is the working model I used to diagnose my broken Tivo)--I'm still debating whether from the philosophy of an economist this was a good idea. The plan was to resell this on ebay after I got my broken Tivo working.

    So right now, I've spent $120 on my Tivo repair project ($45 for the new hard drive and $75 for the used Tivo) plus a bunch of hours. I have a broken Tivo, a working Tivo, an extra hard drive, more knowledge in my brain about fixing Tivos, and, most importantly, the satisfaction that I've tried everything (sensible) in my power to fix my Tivo.

    If anyone has any ideas of how to diagnose and fix Tivo motherboard problems or any other ideas of how to fix my tivo, please feel free to post them up.

    Again, thank you to everyone here for your time, wisdom, and advice.
     
  19. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you just need to move to the used Premiere XL with lifetime that you bought and to cut your "repair" costs sell your broken one for parts (power supply, remote, case) specifying that the motherboard is bad.

    Scott
     
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    Eugo New Member

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    I have a TiVo premier XL (1TB).
    TDC748000, that just cycles through the “Welcome...” “Just a few minutes more...” and the green screen that says a serious error occurred and will TiVo will try to repair it. It reboots itself after just a couple minutes and cycles again.

    I suspect a bad hard drive so I bought a 2TB WD Red mode suggested here,
    WD Red line: WD20EFRX (2TB).

    I tried the ddrescue complete copy but it fails the same way with the new drive. Does thIs mean it’s probably not the hard drive? Or maybe I just need a “clean” image to restore using DVRBars? Please send me the link for the image.

    I think I should only need to try:
    1. Run DVRBars to restore the image to the new drive.

    2. Run JMFS to expand the drive to 2TB

    Is that right?
     

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