HR10-250. Unallocated drive.

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  1. mocarob

    mocarob New Member

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    Hello. I have an hr10-250 that I'm trying to use for live OTA viewing & have access to the recordings already onboard. It worked previously but after installing a new power supply got stuck on the gray 'powering up screen'.. I have connected the drive to an old PC and using parted magic/gparted and I see that the drive is 'unallocated'. Is there a way to rebuild the partition table and get the partitions back? If so, What tools etc? I've already copied the original drive to another using dd rescue as to not corrupt the original any further.. Did dd rescue copy anything worthwhile to try and fix? TIA
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    I have never worked on a DirecTV model, but in general TiVos use a proprietary file system that Windows and tools like gparted or partition magic see as unallocated. I would go to the Upgrade forum and get a copy of MFS Tools 3.2, which was written for TiVos. You might be able to at least get some info on the partition table if the drive isn't too corrupted.
     
  3. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    I have worked with the HR10 and what @ggieske writes is on-target. Windows does not recognize the partitions - use MFS Tools. (This advice does NOT apply to the THR22 DirecTV TiVo, which looks much more like a typical DirecTV DVR on-disk.)
     
  4. mocarob

    mocarob New Member

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    Thanks for the help. I've downloaded ver 3.3.2 from page 7 post 131. MFS Tools 3.2
    However, Even after reading the command options on page 1, I'm not sure how to proceed. My original drive is sda so I tried running mfsinfo sda and I got an "i/o error reading volume header" & sda10: no such file or directory. Any ideas what to try or ideas what thread I should look for help in?
     
  5. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If you ran mfsinfo /dev/sda and got those errors it sounds like the drive is dead or badly corrupted.
     
  6. mocarob

    mocarob New Member

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    Thank you for posting "mfsinfo /dev/sda".. I ran the command incorrectly. This is what was listed:
    partition sectors size
    sdb10 1048576 512
    sdb11 216091648 105513
    sdb12 1048576 512
    sdb13 268517728 131161
    total 237698 (232gb) which matches my 250gb drive)
    It also listed Zone 0-5 Maps. With lots of data listed..

    What next?
     
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  7. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    That all looks good. Since you said the problem started when you replaced the power supply I would look for some other reason that it won't boot.
     
  8. mocarob

    mocarob New Member

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    Looks good? Wow. So the replacement PSU might be bad too....? What's the process to 'upgrade' the drive? Will I be able to freely access previously recorded programs if I upgrade? There are a couple of recordings from regular network TV (but not OTA) on there I would like to access without using my hauppauge video capture device.. Thanks.

    Oh yeah, How do I gracefully shut down MFS Tools. It's just a command line program.
     
  9. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Not sure about upgrading the drive, but why bother if you're just using it as an OTA tuner and to play existing recordings?

    I use "shutdown -h now" to kill MFS Tools, but it doesn't really matter with Linux and the power switch works just as well.
     
  10. mocarob

    mocarob New Member

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    "Access" = extract the unencrypted HD files.. Guess I'll go read 87 pages of the upgrade thread..
    Thanks for the shutdown command. I'm used to umount'ing and such while using gparted live to copy DTV drives. They need graceful shutdowns to keep from having superblock errors.
     

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