MFS Tools 3.2

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  1. Jan 19, 2016 #241 of 2004
    unitron

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    On a Series 1, 2, or 3 (and an HD is an S3 for purposes of saying it ain't a 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6), WinMFS will, if you run

    mfsinfo


    tell you whether the drive is currently using 2, 3, and 4 or 5, 6, and 7 from which to boot.

    Then you can use a tool in WinMFS call fixboot or bootfix or something like that to change which set it uses.

    Option 1 sets it to use 2, 3, and 4, and option 2 sets it to use 5, 6, and 7, whether it's already on what you choose or on the other set.
     
  2. Jan 19, 2016 #242 of 2004
    drhendrix

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    Yes, that's exactly how I did it. It seems like everything was copied including the cable card paring data. It is simpler to do if you temporarily disconnect any other SATA drives in your PC so that your original Tivo drive and the new upgrade drive are the only two connected to the PC's SATA ports. Leave the CD Rom drive connected even if it is SATA, so you can boot the PC with the MFS Tools 3.2 CD.

    I'll try to answer any additional questions you have. All the info I used came from the helpful posts in this thread though.

    Dennis
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2016 #243 of 2004
    Random2k

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    First - Thank you to @jkozee for creating the MFS tool suite. A another thank you goes to @jmbach for creating the ISOs linked in this thread.

    For anyone that is looking for MFS tools on sourceforge, be warned that the main project page links you to an version 2.x, not not version 3.5. In other words, if you are pulling the bits from mfstools.sourceforge.net, then you are not going to get what you are looking for.

    After failing to build MFS tools on my Ubuntu box, I finally gave up and grabbed the excellent ISOs provided in this thread. Absolutely zero issues with upgrading my original 500 GB Roamio to a much larger drive and preserving all my recordings.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2016 #244 of 2004
    tv9

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    I have a Premier XL TCD748000 with a dead HDD. I received a TCD748000 image (thanks Greg!) on this site.

    1. Can I use MFS3.2 (instead of DvrBARS) to restore that image to a brand new 3TB or 4TB drive in a single step?

    2. Can I copy the image directly to the new drive without first copying it to a separate HDD?

    3. Is the process the same for a 4TB and 3TB drive?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  5. Feb 2, 2016 #245 of 2004
    jmbach

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    If you can mount the VHD image in the Linux distribution, then you can use MFSTools 3.2 to copy it to another drive. The issue is that if it is the image from ggieseke, that image only will boot up to a 2TB drive. That image needs to be updated before it can be transferred to a larger drive.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2016 #246 of 2004
    cokyq

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    My TiVO S3 OLED died. Reading in the forum learned about the problems with power supply capacitors. Got lucky and was able to buy a working used S3 for $15. Seller was near me so we met and I picked up the unit. Took out the PS and now my TiVO booted. It worked fine until I plugged the antenna cable, when it started freezing and rebooting.

    Took out the $15 TiVO drive (unfortunately it is a 250Gb drive, mine was 500Gb) and installed it. Worked great but it would not play recorded programs, even new ones! Read its because you have to marry the HD to the MB. Did the Clear and Delete, and now the TiVO works fine. But...

    I have two 1Tb drives (one Samsung and 1 Hitachi) sitting in my desk not in use. I would like to clone my working TiVo HD to one of the bigger drives. So I found WinMFS, but with Windows 10, my SSD drive configured as an AHCI drive (not IDE) the software does not recognize any drive!

    I tried changing my BIOS settings to IDE, but that screws up windows. What are my alternatives? I do not want to buy a 1Tb formatted drive when I have 2 unused drives.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2016 #247 of 2004
    HerronScott

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    Are you right-clicking on WinMFS and selecting "Run as Administrator"?

    Scott
     
  8. Feb 3, 2016 #248 of 2004
    cokyq

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    Thanks! Wow... that was simple. BIG THANKS!
     
  9. Feb 3, 2016 #249 of 2004
    tv9

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    jmbach, thanks, appreciate they very prompt response!

    1. Can you advise or point me to another post on how to upgrade ggieseke's Tivo Premiere XL TCD748000 image to allow it to be expanded to a 4 TB HDD (would settle for 3 TB if significantly easier) per your above comment.

    I am trying to avoid buying 2 HDDs just to use one for an interim copy.

    2. If I really do need two hard drives, what is the easiest way to use ggieseke's image to eventually end up on 3TB or 4TB HDD?
     
  10. Feb 3, 2016 #250 of 2004
    cokyq

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    I was able to backup the TiVo drive to my desktop. When I try to copy the drive to the 1Tb Samsung drive, the new drive does not show up. It is drive E on the PC. If I go to select drive on WinMFS it only appears if I click on show mounted drives. What do I need to do to make the new drive show up on WinMFS?

    UPDATE: I took the drive out, put it on my MAC and erased the drive as a MAC OSX journaled. Put it back on the PC and fixed problem.

    UPDATE 2: Cloning is in progress, states it will take almost 5 hours. Does this sound right?
     
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  11. Feb 3, 2016 #251 of 2004
    ThAbtO

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    The replacement/new drive needs to be unformatted/unmounted and no assigned drive allocation for Tivo. WinMFS will only show drives which are Tivo and unformatted. This helps prevent writing to drives already in use.

    WinMFS only takes a minute or less for backup, restore, MFSAdd, Supersize.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2016 #252 of 2004
    cokyq

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    I think my 500Gb Original TiVo drive is bad, although it plays recorded programs fine if the antenna is disconnected, when I plug the antenna, the screen starts to freeze and the TiVo reboots. I have another 250Gb drive which is paired to the My TiVO so I cancelled the 5 hour copy, and started a copy from the 250. Said it would take an hour, now 50% done and 30 minutes to go.

    UPDATE: Good News. The copy completed. Drive installed on the TiVO and everything is working fine! 137 hours of HD recording!
     
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  13. Feb 3, 2016 #253 of 2004
    ggieseke

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    I sent you a new 748 image that's running 20.4.1. It should work.

    All my other images are too old to boot on a drive over 2TB.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2016 #254 of 2004
    cokyq

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    Does the backups done with WinMFS tool save the drive configuration as well as the contents of the recorded programs? Or does it just allow you to create a new disk that is paired to your MB?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    User since FEB 2000!
     
  15. Feb 3, 2016 #255 of 2004
    cokyq

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    Found that the blank drive can be formatted to FAT32. I just has to be unmounted.
    CokyQ
     
  16. Feb 4, 2016 #256 of 2004
    ThAbtO

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    It can.

    Unmounted.. Totally blank..... as in no drive specification (EX: e:). FAT, FAT32, NTFS are windows formats. Tivo is different.
     
  17. Feb 4, 2016 #257 of 2004
    tv9

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    Thanks! Unfortunately I reread this and the DVRBars thread and could not figure out what the new image allowed me to do in regards to filling a 3 or 4 TB HDD.

    1. Now that I have a 20.4.1 image can I use MFS Tools by itself to expand to a 3 or 4TB hard drive?

    2. If not, what is the procedure? An outline the steps or linking me to another thread greatly appreciated!

    If I need more than one drive to get to either 3 or 4 TB I will probably just buy a 2TB drive.

    Thanks in advance, to the amazing folks on this site, your karmas must all be sky high!
     
  18. Feb 4, 2016 #258 of 2004
    ggieseke

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    1. Yes.
     
  19. Feb 4, 2016 #259 of 2004
    jmbach

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    Essentially you mount the VHD ggieseke gave you so that MFSTools sees it as a source drive. (For me the easiest way is to run MFSTools in a virtual machine and attach the VHD to the VM and the target drive is in my dock also attached the the VM.) Then use the command mfstool copy -i /dev/sdX /dev/sdY where sdX is the VHD mounted drive and sdY is the target drive.
     
  20. Feb 5, 2016 #260 of 2004
    alyssa

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    i've got a roamio pro arriving shortly- being an upgrader i can't resist the urge & I like lots of space. it replaces a premierxl with (i think) 4TB
    (XL4 LT + external w/2TB)

    - what's the max single drive upgrade we laypeople can to a roamio ?

    ---I saw something abt a duel 4tb drives, what are duel drives? are they both mounted in the tivo? or is there an external?

    --I'm assuming the way to go is using mfs 3.2?
     

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