MFS Tools 3.2

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  1. Oct 27, 2017 #901 of 1965
    grendell

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    The links to download the ISO for MFStools 3.2 listed in post 131 don't appear to work anymore. Does anyone know where else I can find the ISO or the files to make a bootable usb drive from?

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  2. Oct 27, 2017 #902 of 1965
    jmbach

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    I will check on the links when I get to a real computer

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  3. Oct 27, 2017 #903 of 1965
    jmbach

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    Checked it on my phone and the ISO will download. Which one are you trying to access.

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  4. Oct 27, 2017 #904 of 1965
    FROD

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    Worked fine for me. No issues. Tried the ISO. It's the only one I use.
     
  5. Nov 3, 2017 #905 of 1965
    JonMikelV

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    So if it took you 5 hours (at 38MB/sec) to clone a 1TB HDD, do you think it's safe to interpolate/extrapolate APPROXIMATE source size clone times as follows?
    - ~3 hrs to clone a 500G source drive (est)
    - ~5 hrs to clone a 1TB source drive (actual)
    - ~10 hrs to clone a 2TB source drive (est)
    - ~15 hrs to clone a 3TB source drive (est)
    - ~20 hrs to clone a 4TB source drive (est)
     
  6. Nov 3, 2017 #906 of 1965
    jmbach

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    It will depend on how full the drive is as well.

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  7. Nov 3, 2017 #907 of 1965
    FROD

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    I can't say for sure because I don't have enough experience copying to different sizes of drives. I only had that single 1TB to 4TB drive copy job. If I had to guess, I would say yes, extrapolating it out would make sense. One thing I must posit, I had connected both drives directly to the SATA connectors on my motherboard. No USB (2.0 or 3.0) enclosures were used. I would assume that would extend the time even further.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2017 #908 of 1965
    weeglos

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    I'm trying to upgrade my Bolt from a 1TB to a 4TB drive. I bought and shucked a Seagate external for this.

    However, I'm trying to see about copying all the shows off of the 1TB and onto the 4TB. Last time I did this was with my old Premiere with MFS Tools, and that was flawless. I'm reading though that the Bolt is a bit more problematic.

    My question is, are we able to now use MFS Tools or some other utility to copy the shows and such from the old drive onto the the new one on the Bolt or is that not possible?
     
  9. Nov 18, 2017 #909 of 1965
    jmbach

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    Not yet. Have not fixed the issue with zero byte partitions which causes a faulty APM to be written to the drive.

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  10. Dec 12, 2017 #910 of 1965
    edfuller

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    I am upgrading a Roamio OTA series 5 from a 1tb to 3tb hard drive. The issue I am having is using MFS Tools 3.2 to copy. When I enter the command line mfstool copy -a /dev/sda /dev/sdb I get an error. The response is "can not determine primary boot partition from boot sector." Can any one tell me what I am doing wrong? The original drive is a WD green the new drive is a WD red. When I use the info command MFS recognizes both drives and their size but it will not copy. Both drives work with no issues in the Tivo. I am just trying to copy the recordings over to the larger drive.
     
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  11. Dec 14, 2017 #911 of 1965
    jmbach

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    If you read near the end of my post that has the link to download the ISO I made, you will see it reference a program the will attempt to fix the issue you are having.
     
  12. Dec 14, 2017 #912 of 1965
    edfuller

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    Thank you so much for the reply and for the hours and hours you have put into improving MFS Tools. I will run the fix. The ISO worked great. I don't know how I missed your advice at the end.
     
  13. Dec 22, 2017 #913 of 1965
    Mgnyc11

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    I've been searching an apologize if this has been asked. I want to upgrade my Tivo Roamio pro to an 8 TB drive and copy all the info. Is the proper steps to 1st run MSFR and the proper steps to set up the 8TB drive, and then use MFST to copy everything over? If theres a post or guide you can direct me to, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
     
  14. Dec 22, 2017 #914 of 1965
    jmbach

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    That unfortunately will not work. You will need to use pytivo and kmttg to offload your recordings to a computer drive the move them back to the new 8 TB drive you had set up.

    MFSTools 3.2 will only be able to copy over to a 4TB drive.

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  15. Jan 7, 2018 #915 of 1965
    Mahty

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    I have an old TiVo Series 3 OLED (648) whose hard drive may be failing. So, I'm trying to use MFSTools 3.2 to copy the S3's current drive (a 1.5 TB WD15EVDS) to a new drive (a 2.0 TB WD20EFRX), preserving all recordings (the drive is only about half full), etc., while, at the same time, bumping up the S3's available recording space to the now maximum 2.0 TB. (MFSTools does that automagically, doesn't it?)

    My first attempt at an msftool copy failed at about the 53% mark, with a series of "end_request: critical target error" and "Buffer I/O error" reports. I assume this is probably due to the suspected issues with the W15EVDS since a WD DLGDIAG extended test on the new WD20EFRX completed successfully with no issues.

    So, I think I'll give ddrescue a try.

    I assume that I can't just do the ddrescue with the WD20EFRX as the target since that would not bump me up to 2.0 TB of recording space. For that, I think I still need to use MFSTools 3.2 so that it can rework the partitioning to get me the S3-maximum space.

    My question: Do I need to ddrescue the W15EVDS to a same-sized drive (i.e., a 1.5 TB drive) or can I just "clone" to a 3 TB or larger drive and then use that drive as the source for the mfstools copy back to the intended 2.0 TB WD20EFRX drive? Post #1 in this MFSTools 3.2 forum says the MFSTools 3.2 can restore to drives smaller than the original. (And again, used space on the failing drive is not an issue since it contains less than 1 TB of recorded programming.)
     
  16. Jan 7, 2018 #916 of 1965
    jmbach

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    Several things.
    One: I would do a complete erase (write) in the new drive with WD Diagnostics followed by a complete read. That should get rid of any flakey areas. The extended test is just a read test.
    Two: How do you have the drives connected to the computer (eSata, USB2, USB3, ...)
    Three: You can clone the drive using ddrescue to any drive the same size or larger than the source drive. After getting the copy as good as you can get, then use MFSTools 3.2 to copy the drive to your target drive.

    MFSTools is concerned about the size of the image of the source drive and not the source drive size itself. It can reduce the image to a smaller image to fit on a smaller drive or it can expand the image to fit on a larger drive.
     
  17. Jan 8, 2018 #917 of 1965
    Mahty

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    One: Thanks for the suggestion regarding doing a full write-of-zeroes to a new drive. I’ll make that part of my routine checkout of any new drive.

    Two: Tragically, I’m doing all of my hard drive work with a dual-bay docking station connected via USB2 to a Windows XP machine.

    Three: Thanks for the additional info regarding ddrescue and MFSTools.

    Unfortunately, I did something stupid. Out of curiosity I decided to do a WD DLGDIAG extended test on my original WD15EVDS drive and, after well over 12 hours (see Two above), DLGDIAG reported that it had found some bad sectors and offered to try to fix them. It was very late and I was very tired and I blindly said OK/OK. Moments later, after realizing what I had just done, I was wide awake. I immediately put the sector-repaired WD15EVDS back into my TiVo S3 and it booted up just fine (whew!), but I’m now missing higher-numbered HD channels. Might this be a Comcast-fixable issue resolved perhaps by simply having them send a signal to my S3 or maybe even repairing the S3 CableCARDs? (Probably not the latter since I still get HBO SD, but not HBO HD?) I’ll double-check my coax cable connection and such in the light of day, but my fear is that the sector repair might have clobbered something crucial. Any additional suggestions on how to proceed?

    If I can resolve the missing channels issue (fingers crossed), I’ll then give mfstool copy another shot – now with a healthier source drive and a fully-erased target drive.
     
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  18. Jan 8, 2018 #918 of 1965
    jmbach

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    Can you physically tune to those channels. Also you can check your cableCARD via the diagnostic screen.

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  19. Jan 8, 2018 #919 of 1965
    Mahty

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    I can get to the missing channels and see the TiVo-overlaid programming information, but there is no picture or sound – just a black screen.

    I'll play with the CableCARD diagnostics and check that the cards are seated properly, etc. I didn't spend much time last night trouble-shooting the issue, so I haven't even confirmed yet whether the problem is associated with both CableCARDs.
     
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  20. Jan 14, 2018 #920 of 1965
    jmbach

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    Were you able to sort thing out and get the issue fixed?
     

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