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MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ggieseke, May 10, 2015.

  1. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If the original drive doesn't work either it sounds like something has gone bad in the unit or the drive cables. Can you hear the drive spin up when you plug it in? Did you reseat the drive cables at both ends?

    You could also try a different HDMI cable to make sure that it's not just a bad connection to your TV.

    Is this a new TiVo, or one that you had up and running before?
     
  2. May 2, 2018 #1162 of 1186
    MSL

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    Sorry, I got a bit busy with life here. I am a WMC user who is transitioning to Tivo if I can get a larger hard drive to work. But while I was messing with this, I had the power supply in my WMC computer die and so I was busy with that.

    I do hear the drive power up and spin. I know the HDMI cable is good but I did swap it out anyway just in case.

    I will try re-seating the cables.

    It was a new unit I just bought as a test to see if this could replace my WMC machine. The unit was working fine until a swapped out the hard drive. I assume something with the drive swap killed the Tivo box. I am not sure what happened. I followed the directions to place the new drive in the unit and wait until the country screen, then power down and move drive to a PC for formatting using MFSR 1.0.0.4. Formatt completed with no errors. I moved the drive over to the new box and turned it on. I saw the welcome screen and then the unit has been dead since then.

    What did I do wrong?
    I would like to get a new Tivo and try this again but I dont want to kill another box. I cant afford this, my wife will kill me. Any pointers?
     
  3. May 2, 2018 #1163 of 1186
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    I had a "conversation" recently with another user who went through two 8TB drives on a Bolt with the same symptoms. I still don't know if both of them were bad but eventually he put the original drive back in the Bolt, downgraded it from Hydra to gen3, and got it working with the third 8TB drive that he tried.

    I don't have enough data to blame Hydra, but if it doesn't work with the factory drive send it back (with the original drive) while it's still under warranty. When the replacement shows up, make sure that it works and downgrade it to gen3 before trying MFSR again.
     
  4. May 6, 2018 #1164 of 1186
    CloudAtlas

    CloudAtlas Bryan TCF Club

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    For what it’s worth, my Roamio Pro 8TB WD Red (installed July 2016) has been running Hydra without issues since November. Thanks again for MFSR!
     
  5. May 6, 2018 #1165 of 1186
    ggieseke

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    Thanks! That matches the posts that I saw from people with MFSR drives when Hydra came out.

    I still haven't confirmed if a Roamio or Bolt that's already running Hydra plays nice with MFSR. I don't have a Bolt, but I guess it's time for me to load Hydra on my spare Pro and find out one way or another.
     
  6. Groop

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    Very nicely done on the tool! Been researching upgrade procedures last several days to make sure I've got every aspect nailed. Will be using a Hyper-V VM of MFStools and (hopefully) attaching physical disks for the backup and restoration to larger drive.

    I just finished formatted a WD RED NAS 4TB using your procedure. It's hooked up via a USB 3.0 to Sata adapter from TrippLite. Reformat instantly recognized the drive soon as it had been initialized to the 1st set up screen from the Roamio.

    Definitely appreciate the work. Planning to throw a few bucks your direction once all this is completed.

    For others doing the same thing related to MFS Tools:

    It's unfortunate the entire procedures (MFS tools) aren't more streamlined and intuitive. They do require more than novice level experience to pull it off successfully, so I imagine there are many out there possibly stuck or unable to attain victory.

    Anyone reading this in that category and running Windows 10 I strongly recommend you go the Hyper-V route using MFS Tools 3.2 VHD. It's a pre packaged virtual machine ready to rock with native MFS tools commands available straight away.

    Doing it this way will allow you to bypass the entire isolated boot process of your PC to Linux. Instead you'll have complete access to everything (the web for research) from your windows environment and simply execute the procedures within a linux virtual machine window.

    You can use the procedures found here if you're not familiar with Hyper-V:
    How to create a Linux virtual machine on Windows 10 using Hyper-V

    You can find a MFS Tools 3.2 VHD usable with Hyper-V in post #131 here:
    MFS Tools 3.2

    Note of the most important aspects that may confuse a novice might be you can't just access any physical disk in the physical machine from the virtual machine by default. This is because they're being used by Windows.

    To do that (for any except the boot disk) all you need to do is use disk management to take a disk offline. The bottom pane -> select disk -> right click -> offline is where you find that option.

    Once it's offline you can then add the physical disk to the VM using the settings for the VM (when the VM is off and not booted). At that point the disk will be added in sequence starting at /dev/sdb etc. /dev/sda will be the virtual disk you created at the start, if you did. I recommend you do that since you can use that for mounting a folder and making a backup to it and restore from it.

    You could later open that virtual disk in windows if you want or need to manipulate it for some reason, which may include further backing up its content wherever you want (such as a NAS) while being able to use windows instead of Linux if you're not familiar with Linux much.

    Will revisit this post at the end of my attempts at transfer from org drive to 4TB.

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    Updated:
    Wrote at a speed of 29MiB for just under 9 hours, my factory 1TB now duplicated to a 4TB WD RED NAS. Booted up perfectly, nothing lost, 637HD recording hours capacity available.

    Good stuff.
     
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  7. Jun 8, 2018 #1167 of 1186
    BobbyM5

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    Would you be willing to let me test 1.0.0.5 (or later)? I want to upgrade my Bolt to a 5TB drive.

    Thanks, Bob
     
  8. Jun 8, 2018 #1168 of 1186
    ggieseke

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    For 3TB and larger drives, just use the existing version. 1.0.0.5 is only needed fpr 2TB and smaller drives.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2018 #1169 of 1186
    Leopold

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    Thank you for this software. I just used it on a 6TB and donated promptly after setup :)
     
  10. aleckarty

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    Any prediction when support for 10Tb drives will be available? For this, a nice donation would be left by me, and I trust by more than a few others.
     
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  11. ThAbtO

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    The Tivo software itself does not support such a huge size yet.
     
  12. Dan W

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    Hi all -

    Anyone have any success in mounting a TiVo drive to a Mac to run MFS Reformatter via Parallels?

    I've tried a few different ways but can't seem to get the Mac (or Windows via Parallels) to recognize the partially formatted TiVo 6TB drive -

    Any help here would be amazing - thanks!
     
  13. zombiephysicist

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    Tivogre

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    I’m finally taking the plunge on an 8TB External Drive for the Bolt + !!!

    Got the recommended Rosewill RX304-APU-35B enclosure and installed an 8TB WD Drive shucked from an easystore ($169 at Best Buy last week).

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    First step was to cut out a small section of the air intake vent to allow a SATA extension cable (1 male end and 1 female end) to exit the rear of the case:

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    Then, I found a path to run a SATA cable out of the Bolt case, and secured the cable with wire ties to the fan mount screw:

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    Finally, drilled two 3/8” holes and carefully connected then with a Dremel (back of the Bolt case, just to the right of the metal plate):

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    Extension cable from drive enclosure mated to SATA cable from the Bolt:

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    Up and running with 1279HD hours.

    Currently applying updates (probably Hydra)...
     
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  16. Aug 9, 2018 #1176 of 1186
    Tivogre

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    1 week later, 1st 8TB Bolt is up and running rock-solid!

    I just finished doing my second one.

    12 tuners and 16TB should be good.... for a while!
     
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  17. Paul White

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  18. Paul White

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    After stumbling around trying to get my USB 2.0 adapter to work I connected the 4 tb drive to my desk top and it worked great. Sending a $20 donation.
     
  19. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!
     
  20. pullingj

    pullingj New Member

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    Grand...
    7452.04 GB found.
    7449.47 GB is allocated for recordings.

    $25 donation sent. Thanks so much!
     

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