MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

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

  1. dougdingle

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    That's the one.
     
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    Success! Thanks for the help! Donation coming shortly.
     
  3. PDXPat

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    Question for this thread. Recently attempted to upgrade a Tivo Bolt Vox from 500GB to a 2TB Seagate ST2000LM007 hard drive. Validated that the hard drive was in good working condition before and after the attempted upgrade.

    Placing the hard drive into Tivo Bolt for first initialization it will not get past the "Starting Up" screen. When taking the hard drive out and running the 0004 version of MFS Reformatter I get an error message "This drive would have 1 media regions, which isn't supported at this time." Followed by error message Line 339, Error 0x0000000D <ReformatBoltDrive>.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  4. ggieseke

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    Normally you don't need MFSR unless the drive is over 3TB. The TiVo should format it on its own, and MFSR was was designed for 3TB - 8TB drives. I'm sending you a link to a beta version that will work on smaller drives.

    The last two versions of Hydra seem to have some bugs in the auto-format process. I would start off by zeroing the new drive with WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (the short Write Zeros test is fine), then see if the Bolt can format it without going into a boot loop.

    If that doesn't work, I would put the original drive back in it and downgrade the Bolt to the older TE3 software before trying to upgrade the drive. Don't forget to zero the 2TB Seagate again. You should be able to reinstall Hydra if you prefer it once the drive upgrade is complete.
     
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  5. PDXPat

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    Thank you ggieseke - unfortunately, still no luck with this drive. I will fall back to the 500GB drive for now.

    I "zeroed" out the drive multiple times with various tools, e.g. WD Data Lifeguard, DOS shell via the format tool, no luck getting past the "Starting Up" screen on the Tivo Bolt.

    The beta version of MFSR no longer generated the error message, so thank you for that. Unfortunately, that bug fix did not get me past the "Starting Up" screen on the Tivo.

    Here are the complete details of the Seagate hard drive in case these breadcrumbs are helpful now or in the future:
    • Mobile HDD 2TB
    • Part Number: 1R8174-570
    • WWN: 5000C500B50505D6
    • ST2000LM007
    • FW:EB01
    • DOM: 13Feb2019
     
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  6. HerronScott

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    Is this TE3 or TE4? The last TE4 update I believe caused some drives to not work (but they work fine with TE3).

    Scott
     
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  7. PDXPat

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    @HerronScott - I believe I am running TE4. Thanks for the context. I have searched a bit for any confirmation of drives that are compatible with TE4 but have not seen a definitive list. If anyone has a link to one would appreciate (re) sharing. Thanks.
     
  8. Mammothboy

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    hi guys i have the same issue as ggieseke any help would be appreciated
     
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    HerronScott

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    What issue is that? I don't think Greg is having any issues (he created MFSR).

    Scott
     
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    Mammothboy

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    Hello Scott,

    I have a TiVo bolt that has a dead hard drive I was trying to replace it with a 2 TB drive but it simply will not format as mentioned in previous posts. Im runing T4 and it just sit their.

    I "zeroed" out the drive multiple times with various tools, e.g. WD Data Lifeguard, DOS shell via the format tool, no luck getting past the "Starting Up" screen on the Tivo Bolt.

    The beta version of MFSR no longer generated the error message, so thank you for that. Unfortunately, that bug fix did not get me past the "Starting Up" screen on the Tivo.
     
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    ggieseke

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    Unfortunately, downgrading the user interface to TE3 is probably the only way to get past that issue. The last version of Hydra broke something in the auto-format software for Bolts and 21.9.1.x doesn't seem to be any better.
     
  12. RIX527

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    Is it possible to use the MFSR tool to prepare a raid for use with a TiVo Bult? I would like to create reliable storage for a TiVo bolt system. My idea is to use an external 4 bay esata storage running raid 10 (4x 4tb drives), with approximately 8tb of usable dvr storage. I’d run the esata cable directly to the esata port on the TiVo motherboard, as I’ve seen others accomplish successfully in this forum. Is this technically possible?
     
  13. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    No. That is not possible. The esata port is an unreliable connection. Besides, Tivo doesn't use raid. You would be better off using it as NAS instead. It can then store shows long term.

    With v21.x you cannot transfer back to Tivo and have to use Plex.
    V20.x can still transfer both ways.
     
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    shmo55

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    Ok, I was able to get this to work by hooking it to a USB 3.0 USB, and it recognized the entire drive. Nice!!
     
  15. TechnoJunky

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    Hope this helps everyone upgrading a Bolt+ to an 8TB drive. I've upgraded all my Tivos to 8TB drives (roamio, bolt, bolt+,white, black) with no problems until this last time. On my current Bolt+ (black 4 tuners.. shouldn't matter) when connecting smaller drives the power from the motherboard would spin up the disc. But when connecting the 8TB drive it wouldn't spin up and go into the dreaded ALL LIGHTS FLASHING boot loop. To fix the issue (or what I did) you will have to power the drive from another source and use a data cable to connect the drive to the motherboard. I'm happy to say all is well after my 3TB drive died.

    I've only used the WD EasyStore 8TB HDs from Best Buy. Catch them on sale from time to time any were from 130$ to 150$ for the best deals.


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  16. SCCThree

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    Donated $15. Worked like a champ on my 4tb drive. Thanks!
     
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  17. sender_name

    sender_name I remember XM 202!

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    I just bought a Bolt VOX and I am looking to upgrade the drive...I can't seem to figure out what the acceptable 2.5" July 2019 internal 2TB drive to use is.... I see a lot of people using external enclosures and bypassing the onboard interface and just going direct to the tivo sata connector...what I am wondering is how are they powering up the external enclosure? Are they flicking the power switch at the same time or stealing power somewhere from the tivo?
     
  18. ThAbtO

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    External enclosures have their own power source. They would be powering up the drive prior to powering up the Tivo.
     
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  19. sender_name

    sender_name I remember XM 202!

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    Ok, I was just wondering if it was a timed thing...Like you have to flick the power on at a certain time or just make sure it's on before the tivo powers up...and does it fail when you have a power outage because there needs to be a delay between powering up the external and then the tivo?
     
  20. Mikeguy

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    People have seemed to have liked the earlier Toshiba 2.5" drives, e.g. the 3TB MQ03ABB300 model. There also is a 1TB and 2TB (MQ03ABB200) in that line, and the 2TB has had some nice pricing.
     

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