Formatting New Hard Drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Jasper 1000, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. elitef

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    Anyone?
     
  2. JoeKustra

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    The one I have from Amazon bought very long ago. It's a Seagate but has no other numbers. I do remember it's USB 3.0 and takes 18 hours to format a 3TB drive.
     
  3. elitef

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    Is it a regular drive enclosure or an actual USB to SATA type of adapter?
     
  4. JoeKustra

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    Sorry, it's been a few years. It may have come with a drive already installed.

    It's Amazon. Returns are easy.
     
  5. wavejam

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    Hi All... Replacing a dead drive in a TCD746320 and hoping to dig up the image somewhere. :)
     
  6. ggieseke

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  7. Ken Kaczor

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    I have a tivo premiere model TCD746320 with a bad hard drive and would appreciate it if you could send me an image to use on a new 320gb drive.
     
  8. ggieseke

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  9. Anthony B

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    Hello, I have a TCD746320 and just got a new hard drive 320GB . I guess a need an image for this please. Thank you!
     
  10. ggieseke

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  11. fouryuks

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    Good morning. I'm new to this site, found it when I was searching the internet for help with my Tivo Premiere XL, which stopped booting up. From reading different things on the internet and different threads here, it sounds like I either have a bad hard drive or bad power source. I would like to get it working again because I have a lifetime subscription for it. I probably won't really record that much stuff with it, but I need it because I have Comcast cable and need a box to put a cable card into to use the TV.

    Before I started researching, I figured I had a bad hard drive. I have a hard drive I took out of a PC, a 1.5 tb Seagate Barracuda 7200.11. I swapped it into the Tivo, but nothing happened. I understand from reading different threads on this forum that I need to format this hard drive with an "image" in order to have it work in my Tivo.

    Sounds like ggieseke is the Guru for these images! My Tivo is a Premiere XL, model number looks like it is TCD748000. Hope that is what you need, ggieseke!

    Also, I downloaded a program called MFSTools-snapshot050221-src.tar that I think I will need in the formatting process, but it sounds like I probably need another program that ggieseke wrote as well, DvrBARS. BTW, the Seagate hard drive has the same connections, I believe called SATA, as the connections for the hard drive already in the Tivo. I also read something where most everyone uses WD hard drives and I might have a problem using another brand, and also that most everyone uses a new hard drive that has never been formatted, and I also might have problems trying to use a used hard drive that already has other "stuff" on it.

    Anyway, giving you all this information to let you know what I think I've learned, so hopefully you'll be able to tell me what I got wrong and where I'm full of sh**.

    If possible, maybe someone can direct me to a thread that has step by step instructions on what I need to do swap in the Seagate hard drive for the Tivo's current hard drive, which I am assuming to be bad. I don't need to copy the old recorded programs, just have a HD that will make my Tivo operational again.

    Thanks for any help you can give me!
     
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  12. fouryuks

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    In the meantime, I downloaded DvrBARS and tried to open it, but it won't open. I am running a PC, with Windows 10 64-bit.
     
  13. kpeters59

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    Right click on it and 'Run as Administrator'.

    If you've got SD-Card and the like devices on that PC, they probably need to be disabled before running, too.

    -KP
     
  14. fouryuks

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    Thanks KP,

    I had tried running as administrator already, but that didn't work. However, I do have about 6 diff card readers, 4 internal and two in my printer. I figured out how to disable those, and I can open up DvrBARS now.
     
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  15. fouryuks

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    Definitely would never have figured that out on my own!
     
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  16. ggieseke

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    Image sent. After restoring it with DvrBARS, you can expand the drive to its full capacity with MFS Tools 3.x or jmfs. You may also need to run Clear & Delete Everything on the TiVo to "marry" the drive to the motherboard.

    MFS Tools 3.2
    Premiere Drive Upgrade Instructions - with all-in-one jmfs Live CD

    That 7200RPM Seagate will probably run hotter and noisier than the factory drive, but your XL should be able to handle it. Since it's already formatted for Windows you will need to wipe it first. I would use the write zeros test in WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics.
     
  17. fouryuks

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    Thanks! No need to reply to the other post I sent. I think you already answered all my questions here! I asked them before I read your followon post.
     
  18. fouryuks

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    Hey everyone, my TiVo is working again! Ended up buying a new WD Red instead of trying to erase the Seagate. GGieseke sent me the correct image, I burned it to the hard drive using DvrBARS after KP helped me get the program working, and installed the hard drive in the TiVo. Thanks for everyone's help!
     
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  19. Matt D

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    My harddrive is dead. I need an image for TCD746320.

    Thanks! :)
     
  20. ggieseke

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