Dvr Backup And Restore Software for Windows (DvrBARS)

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  1. RedMan8

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    My TiVo Premiere Hard Drive just died and I would like to get a copy of the image for it. Can someone send me a link to download an image for TCD 746320?
    I did this whole process years ago when I upgraded it to 2TB, but I can't find the image I used back then. There have been several updates to the software over the years so it may not have worked anymore anyway.
     
  2. ggieseke

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    Sent.
     
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  3. RedMan8

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    Thanks ggieseke!
    I see a very similar conversation in my PM's with you back in 2013!!

    Glad to see you're still around and still awesome.
     
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  4. RedMan8

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    OK... it worked and my TiVo works again - Woo Hoo!
    EXCEPT... it only shows "47 Hours" of recording capacity.
    I tried downloading WinMFS but I don't have a forum login and it's not letting me create one for some reason.

    How do I "expand" the drive to use all 2tb?
     
  5. RedMan8

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    I found an older copy of WinMFS but it says mine is "not a TiVo drive". I'm sure it's because this version was only for series 3 or less and mine is a series 4 (Premiere).

    Looks like I need JMFS?
     
  6. jmbach

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    You can use JMFS or MFSTools. If you use MFSTools, read the 8 TB Premiere thread to get an idea of how to use mfsadd and apmfix to expand.

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  7. RedMan8

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    Got it! 318HD hours... that's MUCH better!
    :)

    For the record - I found JMFS, burnt the iso and booted from the CD, then it walked me through it all.
    I did the "Supersize" after the "Expand", but I don't think it made any difference.

    Doesn't matter - 318 is wonderful!
    Thanks ggieseke and jmbach!
     
  8. RedMan8

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    Hmmmmm
    I got a brand new hard drive and started a "Full Restore" - but there is no green bar showing at all. It's been running for a half hour and still looks like zero progress at all?
    As a quick test earlier - I reboot and created a windows partition, but then DVRBars said there were no usable drives. So I deleted the partition and now DVRBars is running again - but the full restore is still at zero percent.

    What does that mean?

    ETA: I gave up and started a "Quick Restore" - which immediately shows a tiny bit of green in the bar, but then that doesn't move either.
     
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  9. jmbach

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    What is the size of the image being restored.

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  10. RedMan8

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    It's small - it's an "empty" image from ggieseke - which I JUST used on my old drive successfully.
    This new drive is the same size (2TB).

    Now it's getting worse - I ran the Western Digital diagnostics on the new drive and all the tests passed just fine. But now when I select "Quick Restore" I don't get any green bar at all.
    It's still going though - cross your fingers - but no progress at all yet.

    The old drive consistently showed slow progress throughout the whole Restore process, so I didn't expect this behavior.
     
  11. RedMan8

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    I got it!
    Seems there was a "bad sector" near the beginning of the drive (I think).

    The reason I say that is because I started a full scan from the western digital tool. After about 10 minutes I noticed it would take over 10 hours to complete - so I cancelled it - but now the "Full Restore" is moving along!

    I'm just guessing that in those 10 minutes of scanning, the WD tool must have marked some sectors as "bad" - so now DVRBars is skipping those bad sectors?

    Either way I'm going to start a full deep scan on my way to bed tonight!
    :)
     
  12. jmbach

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    Which is why I recommend a full read-write-read with the diagnostic program before putting any drive in a TiVo.

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  13. dougdingle

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    That's interesting. My experience with the WD tool has been that once it is done fully scanning the drive, it tells you it found some bad sectors and asks permission to mark them as bad.

    I did not think it marked bad sectors on the fly, but maybe I'm remembering it incorrectly.
     
  14. jmbach

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    Sometimes the SMART system will automatically reallocate the blocks.

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    ~kyle

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    I have a TCD 746320 that I purchased new in 2010 and immediately upgraded the hard drive to a 2TB. The drive just started dying a couple of weeks ago so I thought instead of trying to buy a new 2TB I'd just put the original 320GB drive back in. I found out real fast that it would not update when it went into the guided setup loop. I searched and found this thread that seems to have the answer to my problem. Could someone send me a link to an image with a newer version that will take the update please? Thanks in advance!
     
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    ggieseke

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  17. May 5, 2020 #1897 of 1948
    ~kyle

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    Thank you so much, ggieseke!
     
  18. May 7, 2020 #1898 of 1948
    ~kyle

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    Just to follow up, both the software and the image I received from ggieske both worked as expected and without a hitch and my lifetime premiere is back up and working like new again. Thanks!
     
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    ggieseke

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    I now have a clean TCD750500 image.
     
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    ThAbtO

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    I hope its with v20.7x.
     

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