GSOD TiVo Premiere HD DVR Model TCD746320

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by tp1665, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. tp1665

    tp1665 New Member

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    Hi Forum,

    I have been reading many posts regarding what needs to be done to hopefully recover my premiere's HD data, my wife wants to try and recover all of her shows.

    I understand the general scheme:
    An imaging run and maybe a copy run using DVR bars and would kindly ask for help with an image for this model.

    This is my first Tivo HD fail and I have been a TIVO user since 2002 or so. So this is my first real venture into really fixing a unit on my own.

    I have a 1 TB upgrade WD from newegg on the way ($61) and know I will eventually need another tool to expand the drives useful size w/ jmfs.

    feel free to mail me: tsp1665 via yahoo.

    unrelated side question.. is there any way to make a tivo premiere default to a given channel at startup?

    Many thanks

    Tim
     
  2. JoeKustra

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    If you pull the power on a Premiere, all tuners will be set to that channel when you apply power.
     
  3. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Are you trying to save it or rebuild it from scratch?

    The first option calls for jmfs, the second option is something I can help you with.
     
  4. tp1665

    tp1665 New Member

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    Well, very good question.
    I wanted to try and save it, but am not sure that will work. So a clean image rebuild is my second option and last resort and I wanted to be ready for that.
    I have just downloaded the set of WD drive utilities that I hope can test the currently "failed" drive.

    I just do not know how often GSOD drives digital files can be recovered and how well I can test in the current state/format.

    I figured I would be able to create a fresh image then copy the hopefully intact files/media into that.

    I still need to get out and get a darn torx tool that I do not own to remove the drive out of the Tivo housing. Maybe I am really wrong in my assumptions on the total workflow/processes.

    Thanks for the quick response.
    I just was trying to get all my ducks in a row.

    Tim
     
  5. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    I sent you a PM with a link to a clean image. Hopefully you won't need it.
     
  6. Teeps

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    The HDD in my XL4 expired with GSOD, after only 2 years and never more than 25% used.
    Tivo was stuck in a boot loop....

    Tried to "fix" the drive with the WD tool kit, no joy.
    But, if you have time, it can't hurt to try; if it works and TiVo boots up.
    You might be able to clone the data to the new drive, saving the recordings.

    My case, had to install a clean image to get the new hdd to work.
     
  7. rover4

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    Could someone PM me a link to a clean image for a Tivo TCD746320 (Premiere)? Thanks in advance!
     
  8. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    PM sent.
     
  9. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    Hey Guys, been reading up here to try and salvage my broken TCD746320. It's got the GSOD and would like to format a new replacement drive. May I also get a copy of an image? :D
     
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    PM sent.
     
  11. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    Excellent, Thanx! Although familiar with computers this will be my first Tivo encounter. Now need to download winmfs. ;)
     
  12. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    WinMFS is only good for Series 1, 2, and 3 TiVos.

    Premieres are Series 4s.

    (If you don't know what you're doing you can screw up an S4 drive with WinMFS)

    If someone sends you a link for a Premiere backup, it probably needs to be restored via DvrBARS.

    Here's the thread where you can learn about it.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=503261
     
  13. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    wow.. Thanx for the heads up. I was having issues getting the software to see the new 1TB drive. I downloaded DvrBARS and am now backing up the original drive (that failed). I was trying to create a new drive without using the old one. I'll keep reading and see if I can get this thing back on line. ;)
     
  14. rtpn60

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    I've downloaded DvrBARS and was able to actually backup the old, dead Tivo hard drive (with errors). I also have the TCD746320.vhd image downloaded.

    The issue is the DvrBARS will not write to the new unformatted drive regardless of which image I choose? DvrBARS sees both images for source and then sees both old and new drives for the target but when I try to write to the new drive I keep getting WriteFail Error 0x00000013...

    I noticed on the bottom of the screen it states format is unknown - "\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1:931.51GB, unknown"

    What am I missing? :confused:
     
  15. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    and now.. the rest of the story... :D

    I forgot to bring the drive on-line in disk manager. :rolleyes: I was afraid of doing anything to the drive in fear of screwing something up BUT I guess it does have to be online. duh.... :p
     
  16. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    I'm getting so close... :D

    I was able to use the image downloaded here to get my box back to a factory setup (THANX GUYS!) but now it won't record anything? Everything works fine as far as viewing channels, setting up recorded programs, etc. But I never see the record light come on and there's nothing in "my shows". I tried to just hit record on a channel, nothing.

    When I look at the diags screen the HD doesn't seem to have an ID number? Is there something Tivo must do from there end when you replace a hard drive?
     
  17. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    You have to do a Clear & Delete Everything to "marry" the software on the hard drive to the TiVo Service Number on the unit's motherboard.
     
  18. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    Thanx David,

    I saw that in several threads but when doing all the drive work never saw that in any of the processes or software? Then it dawned on my it was a Tivo thing and found it in the Tivo menu system. :D

    It's in process now, Thanx again. ;)
     
  19. rtpn60

    rtpn60 New Member

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    Kewl.. Success! :D

    I had to reset it up but the paring was ok and I the cable card still works on all my premium channels! :up:

    Now on to upgrade the working Tivo box in the living room. :D
     
  20. mjn2110

    mjn2110 New Member

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    Dear all,

    Could someone share the image with me too?

    To explain my predicament, and see if my reasoning makes sense, here goes:

    I've been trying to fix my Model TCD746320, and found this thread. My TiVo has a similar problem: the loop of GSOD, restart, GSOD, restart, unable to kickstart. I assumed the problem is the hard drive, so I tried to save the drive using ddrescue on Ubuntu. ddrescue ran fine but the new drive has the exact same problem/behavior as the old drive.

    So either the software is busted and I need a new image, or something other than the hard drive is broken?

    I would be hugely appreciative if you could share the image with me, to see if I can salvage this machine.

    Thanks!
     

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