MFS Tools 3.2

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  1. Jul 2, 2015 #81 of 1706
    telemark

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    ThAbtO

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    MFS Tools is only Linuz based using command lines. There is no Windows version.
    There are other programs, WinMFS, DVRBars, and the newly developed MFSR are Windows programs that work on Windows XP and up.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2015 #83 of 1706
    gespears

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    WD Green 6 TB on sale at Newegg for 220 using code ESCAVAP28 but only for 4 days. I just wish it had the 3 year warranty.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2015 #84 of 1706
    dougdingle

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    Be aware you have to subscribe to NewEgg's daily eblast newsletter to use any of the codes they supply.
     
  5. Jul 3, 2015 #85 of 1706
    gespears

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    That's true, but I don't mind. Their newsletter helps me keep track of the pricing on a lot of computer related items, including TiVo hard drives!:D
     
  6. Jul 3, 2015 #86 of 1706
    krkaufman

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    Heh, I think the warning was more for everyone else for whom the code you supplied would NOT work, since they are likely NOT subscribers to the NewEgg mailing list.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2015 #87 of 1706
    dougdingle

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    Exactly, although if the time limit on a coupon is not heavily limited (like, only good for use in the next 2 hours), you can sign up for the eblasts easily, then use the code once you get the confirming email.

    And of course, once you've bought what you need, you can always opt back out of getting the eblast. Newegg is really good about honoring those requests.

    Quite worthwhile, I've found. Bought a pair of MOCA-type adapters a couple of weeks ago for $35 shipped that worked out well for me, as well as endless drives, motherboards, CPUs, memory, and on and on.

    I do prefer TigerDirect, though, because so far they don't charge me sales tax, and so they're automatically 10% cheaper than those sites, like NewEgg, that do.
     
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    gespears

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    Interesting. Newegg doesn't charge me tax although Amazon does.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2015 #89 of 1706
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    But for me, it's the other way 'round, since there's what was a CompUSA in Raleigh I'd have to pay TigerDirect NC sales tax, but there's no newegg or Amazon outlet or warehouse here in The Old North State, so I don't have to pay it to them.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2015 #90 of 1706
    amccarron

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    I didn't see many syntax references on using the mfstool copy command.

    I downloaded and compiled the source from sourceforge on a Ubuntu machine. That looks like it worked - it tossed some warnings about 32/64 bit type usage but the binaries built.

    Tried copying a 1TB Roamio plus drive to a 6TB WD Green drive using the command "mfstool copy /dev/sdd /dev/sde". That looks like it ran but it ran very quickly - maybe 4-5 minutes tops for a full drive - should have realized there was a problem then since I think it is literally impossible to copy 1TB that quickly - probably more like +4 hours.

    Are there additional options needed? I'm trying to create a replacement drive and maximize available storage.

    Is there a problem with the source? I noticed some comments in the dev thread about incorrect partition sizes. Any idea when a ISO image might be available again?

    Is there a problem using a 6tb drive? I kind of expected the drive to be limited to 4tb but I thought extra partitions could be added to utilize the 6tb.

    When I placed the drive into my TiVo it performed a guided installation and everything was lost (recordings, season passes, ...). I did this once just to see what would happen. Ended up copying everything again and it still
     
  11. Jul 6, 2015 #91 of 1706
    jmbach

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    A couple of things. One the syntax for the copy command is found in post #2 in this thread. You will have to use the "-a" switch to copy all the recordings. Two, the maximum single internal drive MFSTools can create and copy is 4TB. You can add either -M or -m switch to limit the creation to a 4TB image on a 6TB drive. If you are wanting to go to 6TB at this time, you will have to use MFSR to create the 6TB image but it does not transfer any recordings or settings currently.
     
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  12. Jul 6, 2015 #92 of 1706
    amccarron

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    Thanks jmback!

    Sorry - should have said examples rather than syntax. I saw the -h output in post 2 and was going to try again with a -a once I had an answer about capacity. I thought the copy command would have copied everything by default - not really sure what a copy without recordings is useful for.

    I'll try again when I can find time to take my TiVo down for 4-6 hours.
     
  13. Jul 8, 2015 #93 of 1706
    videobruce

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    jkozee (or anyone);

    Is there a way to print out the info embedded in the program so to be able to read it over before hand and write notes when needed?
     
  14. Jul 8, 2015 #94 of 1706
    jmbach

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    Essentially post #2 contains the info embedded in the program.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2015 #95 of 1706
    jmbach

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    I have used MFSTool copy command with the -M 4000 switch to copy my current Premiere image to a 6TB drive followed by using MFSTool add command to extend out the recording space 2TB so that the whole 6TB drive will be used for recording space. Then I coalesced manually partition sda15 and sda16 into sda15 followed by converting the APM to 64bit. The resulting image booted in my TiVo and after divorcing gave me 6TB of reported recording space. Now I have not verified that the recording space is all usable but I believe it is.

    Looking at my logs I have seen evidence that fsfix fails to complete. Don't know if it completes enough to fix any issues but I believe it does. Also not sure why it fails to complete. Certainly with all the JMFS expanded Premieres out, there does not seem to be a lot of issues as a result of this.

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    videobruce

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    But, that implies one would be well versed with Linux command lines. Not everyone is. ;)
     
  17. Jul 8, 2015 #97 of 1706
    jmbach

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    You are wanting usage examples then.
     
  18. Jul 8, 2015 #98 of 1706
    videobruce

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    Yes. I was trying to find example from how to's from the series 3 (652) procedure using non-windows (Live) programs, but couldn't.
     
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    jmbach

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    If you give specifics of what you are wanting to do perhaps some examples can be posted. .
     
  20. Jul 9, 2015 #100 of 1706
    videobruce

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    Can a unallocated (unformatted) HDD be used with any of these programs? It can't be with DvrBARS.
    How do you 'run' a program when you are at a prompt? Just typing the name of the program didn't work (with or without the ext.)
    Any other questions I won't know untill I'm actually in the program (depending on how it is presented).
     

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