HDD errors

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  1. depr11259

    depr11259 New Member

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    The electrical circuit board in my home has "tripped" a few times recently because of a problem with a garden supply. This failure in the supply seems to have caused damage to the HDD of my Tivo, I assume because the HDD heads were in contact with the disc at the time of failure. This damage manifests itself as "blips" in the recording. Is there a way to run something like check disk on the hard drive so I can mark the bad sectors and fix this problem?
     
  2. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    You could try running TiVo's version of "check disk", Kickstart 57, to see if it will clear things up.

    Kickstart 57:

    1. Unplug TiVo and wait 15 seconds.
    2. Plug TiVo in, get the TiVo remote and aim it at TiVo.
    3. Press and hold the pause button until the orange light comes back on by itself.
    4. Release the pause button and immediately type in the numbers 5 and 7 on the remote (you have about 10 seconds to do this step).
    5. TiVo will reboot and the GSOD screen will come on saying TiVo has encountered a serious error. It will then run the disk management tool which can take from 10 minutes to 3 hours to complete. During this time it will look for and correct configuration problems as well as isolating any bad sectors on the hard drive so they can no longer be used.
    6. TiVo will automatically reboot again and hopefully things will return to normal. (Programs that used any bad sectors may be lost.)
     
  3. depr11259

    depr11259 New Member

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    Thank you so much, it appears to have worked a treat.
    Paul
     
  4. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    :up:
     
  5. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    I'd get that unit on a UPS, so that future power blips are smoothed out.
     

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