MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

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

  1. Jan 5, 2019 #1241 of 1268
    jmbach

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    Unfortunately it won't work. At least it did not for me. The only way to get the 2TB to work is put the 1TB in and revert the interface to TE3. Then it will work. Otherwise, you will have to play roulette with new drives until you find one that works. Interestingly, the Seagate drives seem to work. Only issue is that they are shingled drives and they seem to experience premature failure.
     
  2. Jan 5, 2019 #1242 of 1268
    DL05

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    Putting the 1tb drive back in just takes me through the setup again. I never booted the Tivo to this drive.

    So what you're saying, go ahead and get the 1tb working drive going...I can revert back to TE3 interface, and then put in whatever drive I want? My other option is to buy a drive, cross my fingers, and it may work with Hydra, or may not...but putting the original drive in each time I can revert back to TE3?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2019 #1243 of 1268
    jmbach

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    Once you revert to TE3 (Encore), there appears to be no drive incompatibility. Once you are on TE3 you stay on TE3 until you tell TiVo otherwise.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2019 #1244 of 1268
    Steve-O

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    Hi, I could use some help...I purchased a Weaknees refurb Tivo Roamio Plus last month, with a 1 TB WD-AV drive in it. I tried replacing it with a WD Red 3TB drive that I pulled from a NAS and reformatted, but the Roamio would spontaneously shut off about when boot-up was completed.

    Last week I purchased a new WD Red 4TB drive, hoping to get past the spontaneous shut off. Following the instructions in the top post, I put the 4TB drive in the Roamio until the first screen came up, at which point I removed the drive. I put it in a USB3 hard drive dock connected to a PC running Windows Pro 10.0.17134.

    I downloaded and installed MFSR 1.0.0.4 and ran it as administrator. After OK'ing the T&C's screen, the next screen reports an error, malloc (Line 684, Error 0x00000008).

    I found one other mention of malloc in this thread, which involved rebooting, but that didn't help in my case.

    If it matters, I am also running disk pooling software, called DriveBender, on this PC. The boot disk is a 128GB SSD, but there are six pooled drives besides that.

    Can you help me?
     
  5. Jan 6, 2019 #1245 of 1268
    ggieseke

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    That error is basically "out of memory". It can happen any time the software tries to allocate memory, but I've never seen it happen before if you got to the first screen in Guided Setup.

    It's happening during my initial scan of all the drives, but at a point where it's just trying to get the Vendor ID like "Western Digital" or "Seagate". I've never heard of DriveBender, but a bug somewhere in that software would be my first guess. Do you have access to a generic Windows PC without 3rd-party drive pooling software?
     
  6. Jan 6, 2019 #1246 of 1268
    Steve-O

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    I also tried it on my laptop, a MacBook Pro 2015 with a BootCamp partition running Windows10. I got a different error there, something about partitioning, but as that is a work computer, I don't wanna fool around with it.

    That brings me back to the home PC. What I can do is make a Ghost image type of backup of the running system and reset Windows back to factory settings (i.e., no Drive Bender) and try again. Or I can see if that PC in the corner gathering dust is bootable... :)
     
  7. Jan 7, 2019 #1247 of 1268
    Steve-O

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    That PC gathering dust in the corner IS dust. Won't boot. Throwing it out.

    Connected my USB dock with Roamio-formatted Red drive to a work PC. Ran mfsr and got this error: "Invalid Apple partition format."

    I think I will have to zero out this disk (will Data Lifeguard do this?) and stick it in the Roamio again for re-formatting.

    I think mfsr is choking on the way this drive is formatted.

    Agreed?
     
  8. Jan 7, 2019 #1248 of 1268
    ggieseke

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    Data Lifeguard Diagnostics will definitely zero the drive. It's worth a try.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2019 #1249 of 1268
    ThAbtO

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    You reformatted this drive to what? It should be blank with no partitions.
     
  10. Steve-O

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    Not sure what you mean. This was not a new drive, it was a system pull.
     
  11. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Whether its new or old, for Tivo image, it should be erased/blank no partitions, before putting in an image for Premiere and older model Tivos. No images for Roamio or Bolt.
     
  12. Steve-O

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    I get it. That's why, after pulling the 3TB from a NAS, I erased it in WD DLD. Still, the drive caused my Roamio to shut off after restarting. And then I bought a new 4TB Red, which didn't do that, and that's the drive I'm using now.
     
  13. Ubergeekin

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    Currently trying to upgrade my Roamio Series 5 from the original 500GB disk to a new 4TB Seagate Red disk. MFSR can't reformat it, and Winmfs give me a partition signature error. Are there updated tools available?
     
  14. ThAbtO

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    Did you put it into the Roamio first and get it initalized, before MSFR?

    WinMFS does not work with anything Premiere and newer.

    Seagate does not label drives Red, or Blue or any color.
     
  15. Ubergeekin

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    I put it into the Roamio first and allowed it to initialize the disk
    I put it into a USB 3.0 carriage and connected it to my Win10 laptop
    Set MSFR to use Win7 compatibility, ran as administrator
    Error: No Roamio or Bolt drive found

    To clarify, the disk is:
    Seagate 4TB SATA IronWolf (NAS) 3.5"
    Model: ST4000VNA08
     
  16. jmbach

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    Make sure you download the latest MSFR as the newer Roamio/Bolt OS does not initialize block 0 completely on the drive as they used to since the OS only cares about block 0 on the internal flash drive.
    The latest version of MSFR corrects for this.
     
  17. ThAbtO

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    Does laptop have any card readers? can they be disabled in BIOS?

    This is the drive from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Iron...d=1547509644&sr=8-1&keywords=ST4000VNA08&th=1

    It looks like with 6TB and up, they are 7200RPM.
     
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  18. Ubergeekin

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    I cleaned the disk, put it back into the Roamio to reinitialize the disk. MFSR is now sees the disk but errors at Line 1059: 0x00000002: with message ReadFile. I'm assuming this is some kind of stack error. The windows event log shows Event ID 153 / Disk / The IO operation at logical block address xxx for Disk 1 was retried.
     
  19. Ubergeekin

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    I'm using MSFR 1.0.0.4 is there a later rev?

    ThAbt0: No card readers
     
  20. ThAbtO

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    I'd try ignore the error and run it in Roamio, after GS, check System Information.
     

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