MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

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

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Good luck with that. That should be another SMR drive like most of the 2.5" Seagates.
    Make sure you transfer any content you want to keep regularly to a PC from that TiVo drive. For if/when you have some issues.
     
  2. barnabas1969

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    Thanks. After doing a lot of reading here, I plan on using the following...

    WD Red 3.5" 5400RPM 4TB WD40EFRX

    Hard drive enclosure, with SATA cable directly plugged into the drive (not using the eSATA port), and directly plugged into the SATA port inside the Tivo. I found a post that says this enclosure works...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1Q2M6A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A3K929QT0IENFR&psc=1

    Plus, I need a long SATA cable with a 90 degree connector on one end (I've got plenty of those).

    Does that drive sound like a good choice?
     
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  3. net lander

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    Thank you very much. Used MSFR, works well on my 8tb roamio. Donated via paypal.

    Using Settings --> Help --> System Info, for 8tb on roamio I now have: 1283 HD or 8845 SD hours capacity :D

    Thanks to all in tivo community. Extremely helpful.
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    Linky for future travelers wanting bigger hard disk (more than 3tb):

    Use msfr if don't mind losing previous recording, easy to use with minimal steps...if done correctly, it'll said "Congratulations, it is successful" in the end :
    MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

    Use MFSTools if wanting content migration from previous HD to bigger (8tb or 10tb...):
    MFS Tools 3.2
    Sample of direction for 10TB on roamio via MFSTools:
    DIY 10TB Roamio
     
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  4. net lander

    net lander New Member

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    I bought WD easystore, and it contain WD 8TB White (WD80EMAZ with S/N: 7SJNxxxx). What do u think of this drive compare to WD red or green?
     
  5. jmbach

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    These drives were originally Red drives repackaged.

    I think they are fine and have 2 of them in use in my TiVos and 6 of them in my NAS unit.
     
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  6. Sonyad

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    Get an sata extension cable. That way if you need to move things around, you can disconnect externally instead of having to open the Bolt or external enclosure to disconnect the drive.
     
  7. barnabas1969

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    When I ordered everything, I bought a SATA extension cable and a SATA cable with a 90 degree connector on one end so that it could be disconnected without opening the external enclosure.

    However, after more research, I opted to do it a different way (link below). This method doesn't require me to drill holes in the Bolt, so my 24 month warrantee is preserved.

    Use the eSATA port with an external drive (up to 8TB DVR Expander) - simple method!
     
  8. Sonyad

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    Sounds interesting. My eyes glazed over trying to comprehend MSTools. I remember last year trying to create a bootable flash drive and that process went nowhere fast. Anyway I've already drilled my case, so I've burned that bridge.

    Everyone's been saying the Esata port no longer works due to a previous Tivo update. Your process avoids that issue?
     
  9. Snowball3

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    Hello, I have a red 8tb internal hard drive swapped out with my tivo roamio and mfs reformatted. I am starting to have problems with my tivo rebooting a lot and causing me to have partial recordings frequently. Some days its fine with no issues whatsoever. some days there is nothing I can seem to do to make it stop rebooting. I thought it was maybe too many shows but I have deleted so much and it isn't even that loaded. Do I need to update something or change something to make the rebooting stop? I reformatted and swapped my internal hard drive maybe 8 months ago maybe an update was released that I missed? If someone could help me I would really appreciate it. I spent a lot on the internal and don't want to swap it back. Thank you if you can help!
     
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Do you have a UPS or just a surge suppressor?
     
  11. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Could there be a connection? Sure, because nobody really knows how many recordings it might take to start overloading the UI so much that it starts timing out. Now that most cable companies are using H.264 compression at lower resolutions that question gets even bigger. My baseline Roamio Pro with a factory 3TB drive has over 1,000 hours of HD recordings and 15% free space even though it's only rated for 476 hours.

    For what it's worth, I have several other Roamios and one Bolt on MFSR drives ranging from 4TB to 8TB. They're all rock solid, so if you're having frequent reboots I would look for other factors.
     
  12. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 13TB Roamio that I run for a year at a time without deleting anything, almost all recordings KUID; at times it gets to 95% full. The UI always performs about the same as my smaller TiVos that I actively manage.

    I can assure you that the number of shows recorded does not significantly impact the UI performance.
     
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  13. Snowball3

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    I have a "CSP806U Professional Surge Protector, 3000J/125V". I actually bought it to protect the tivo from being ruined in case the power surges on and off. Do you think this could be the culprit of my Tivo constantly rebooting? I am a little worried to leave it just plugged into the wall out of fear that surge might ruin it but if its like this now with the protector? I never thought that the surge protector might be the issue. Is there something safer I should be using where I wouldn't have these constant rebootnproblems? Or any other ideas of what might be the problem? Thank you again in advance for the help!
     
  14. jmbach

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    I have all my TiVos on UPS. Either APC or Cyberpower. Never had an issue with rebooting.
     
  15. ThAbtO

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    Surge protectors only protect if the power spikes, in which most would shut the power off to the devices (even for a few seconds) and the Tivo reboots when power resumes. You should be using a UPS where there is a battery that supports the devices when it shuts the power off on surges and when the power browns (lowers) or a blackout (power failure).
     
  16. dougdingle

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    It sounds more like it might be your power supply in the Roamio going intermittent or starting to fail than the amount of recordings you have. But there are quite a few possibilities.
     
  17. Snowball3

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    It wasn't the surge protector because I unplugged it from that and plugged it directly into the wall and had the same problem. I have no idea how to test if the power supply is starting to fail in my roamio. Can that be tested?. My tivo roamio isn't even that old. If it is that I guess I am pretty much out of luck and have to get a new one then? My last ditch effort is to swap out the 8tb internal hard drive and put back in the original. Maybe it is my hard drive failing? If the original works with no problem then I will know it is my internal hard drive I swapped in. Do I have to download or downgrade anything before I swap back the original hard drive that came with my tivo roamio? Or is there any specific procedure I am to follow to restore it to the original way it came? Thank you so much for any help!
     
  18. dougdingle

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    Swapping the original drive back in to see if it stops rebooting would probably be the next logical step.
     
  19. jmbach

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    If this is a Roamio with an external power supply, then you can get a replacement with a little more amperage (same volts) which may solve your problem. The power supply on those Roamios were not built to handle the load of larger drives that people are using eventhough the increased power load is marginal.

    You might try a UPS that will buffer the output during brown outs. Plugging it into the wall or surge suppressor will not protect you from a reboot caused by a brown out.
     
  20. Snowball3

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    Thank you for your reply jmbach. That makes sense what you mentioned about the power supply. I am a little worried since it is a pretty new tivo and no one else seems to have the same problem as me. Can you please recommend a good external power supply for tivo roamio and if you know a UPS that will do what you mentioned? Sorry for the trouble thank you so much for you and anyone who can help!
     

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