Instant Cake ripoff

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by funtoupgrade, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. JoeTaxpayer

    JoeTaxpayer Member

    Dec 23, 2008


    You realize, prices on hard drives continue to spiral down. I remember spending $300 on a 3GB Apple branded drive? I just bought a 1.5TB drive for $65. so when I said $50 or so, that seems right. Not $70, although if you look, I'm sure you can pay that.

    Update - I find a number of drives right now at $55. Ben's Bargains is where I look to alert me to deals. As others have said, the WD green series work fine.
  2. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    There are some. I know for a fact - from personal experience - the Hitachi Deskstar 500G drives will not work with a TiVo HD as a primary drive. I believe they are 7200 RPM.
  3. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Newegg has Hitachi 1T drives for $55 with free shipping. I know the 500G does not work with a TiVo HD, but I don't know about the 1T. The 500G and 1T drives both work fine with an original S3. There are a whole slew of drives available for $62 or less, delivered.
  4. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver ish
    I've used IC several times, it works great.

    I was a little annoyed when my S3 crashed and I had to re-buy the S3 image that I had already bought before. They weren't willing to cut me any slack....
  5. bgc

    bgc Member

    Jan 12, 2008


    How does instantcake work? If you download an .iso and burn it to CD, why would you have to rebuy an image you've already purchased?

  6. dwit

    dwit Active Member

    May 4, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    You will never need to "rebuy" an image, as long as you keep a (backup)copy of it in a safe place.

    Best thing to do is make your own backup image, for free, while your Tivo is in operating shape(using free winmfs software).

    I have images of all of my units saved on all of my pc's plus saved on cd's.
  7. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver ish
    I didn't have the ISO.
  8. 8bitbarbarian

    8bitbarbarian Member

    Jul 4, 2004
    SF, Ca
    Just used instant cake last night to bake the 4th HD for my series 1 - actually only used instant cake on the last 2 but the 3rd HD only lasted 1.5 yrs so I'm glad i had it . . . Thanks Instant Cake!!
  9. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    I've used Instant Cake several times and I never found it to be that difficult. If you don't have the original drive or a backup saved to a file it's a lifesaver.
  10. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That 1Tb Hitachi works (on a TiVo-HD) as of a Feb 2011 date on the drive, I never tested a 500Mb Hitachi on a Series 3 or 4 as what the point of that small of a drive.
  11. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    I have a 400GB Hitachi in my HR10 (at the time, it was one of the largest I could buy) that has been fine for at least three years.
  12. DocNo

    DocNo Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Bristow, VA
    Hopefully Weaknees has better customer service than DVRUpgrade - those guys had no business being in business. They were typically ├╝ber geeks - if you said or did something that caused you to appear to be a "noob" they were nothing but condescending and rude. I picked up a copy of Instant Cake to revive a dead S2 - yes, I could have tried to get an image online but at the time the $20 or so was worth it for the convenience. After the attitude I got from them when I dared to ask a question I really regretted the purchase. But it was convenient!
  13. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    IMHO, the reason for the price increase of IC is to make it a less attractive option vs. buying a pre-configured drive.

    Again IMHO, the s/w license issue is bogus because:

    a. The TiVo s/w won't run on anything but a TiVo.

    b. If you own a TiVo, you have a valid license for the s/w.

    For myself, I am hoping that the dying hard drive in my TiVo HD lasts long enough for me to use MFSlive to copy the s/w to a replacement drive. I would be tempted to use WinMFS to make a backup but I am running W2k and there is conflicting information on whether this will work. Has anyone successfully used WinMFS under W2k? Perhaps by utilizing the fix bootpage option? IC is ok and was worth the $20 when I got it for one of TiVo 2s but $40 is ridiculous.
  14. Gadget-Man

    Gadget-Man New Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    Anyone have InstantCake that they can share with me? Please & Thank You!
  15. m.s

    m.s Active Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    You're responding to a 6 year old thread. Instantcake hasn't been sold for years. MFSTools is still available.

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