MFS Tools 3.2

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by jkozee, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    I refer anyone who wants to donate to me to ggieseke MFS Reformatter (mfsr) as he develops windows based TiVo software.
     
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  2. barnabas1969

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    I have already made a bootable USB flash drive with your software. I have verified that I can boot it on one of my PC's.

    I received my WD "red" 4TB drive and the external enclosure today.
    I will receive my brand new Bolt tomorrow.

    As I understand, I should go through the set-up process on the Bolt...

    Then, remove the Bolt's internal 1TB drive...

    Connect the 1TB drive AND the 4TB external drive to my PC...

    Boot from the MFSTools USB flash drive...

    And execute the following command...

    mfsadd -xfm 2040 /dev/sdX /dev/sdY

    (where sdX is the name of the internal drive and sdY is the name of the external drive)

    Correct?
     
  3. jmbach

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    That is correct. What enclosure are you using for the external drive?
     
  4. barnabas1969

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    Does my hardware choice affect the commands and options?
     
  6. jmbach

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    No. TiVo does not play well with enclosures that encrypt the drive. You should be fine.
     
  7. barnabas1969

    barnabas1969 Active Member

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    Thank you. I will donate when I am able to make it all work correctly.

    I don't want to drill holes in my brand new device until after the 24 month warrantee period. I hope you understand.
     
  8. jmbach

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    I understand. I have an almost 2 year old Bolt+ that I attached an external 8 TB drive to it that is still going strong.
     
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  9. barnabas1969

    barnabas1969 Active Member

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    That was unbelievably simple! Donation sent. Thank you very much!
     
  10. chip2004

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    I am in the middle of an attempt to upgrade a Bolt+ to a 6TB drive in an external enclosure. I have run into a wall and would appreciate any advice on how to proceed.

    My original Bolt+ was a 3TB model. That WD drive failed a couple of months ago. To get things going again I replaced it with a 1TB Toshiba drive. The Bolt formatted the new drive successfully. I re-entered season passes, etc., and began recording again. I am using TE3.

    In the meantime, following the hardware upgrade advice gleaned from @Tivogre's work in this post, I bought a 6TB WD Red WD60EFAX drive and the Rosewill 304 enclosure. I made the necessary mods to the Bolt and Rosewill cases to allow direct connection of the SATA cable.

    Today I booted MFSTools in my desktop with both the Toshiba and WD drives connected via SATA. I established which drive was which via lsblk. I was able to run MFSCopy (mfscopy -a /dev/sdX /dev/sdY) after running bootsectorfix. It took 83 minutes to copy 300 GB.

    I installed the WD Red in the enclosure, hooked up power, SATA, etc. Attempted to boot. Got a brief "Tivo" display on the screen, then it went blank. Tivo showing green light. Nothing happening for more than 10 minutes. Powered down and switched out SATA cables. No joy. Initiated KS 58 -- lights indicated the command was accepted but nothing appeared on the screen. Also tried KS 54 -- command accepted but nothing appeared on screen.

    Shut down and connected the WD drive (still in the enclosure) to desktop. Ran WD diagnostics (short); drive passed.

    Reinstalled the Toshiba 1 TB drive in the Tivo. It booted successfully. Recordings, season passes, etc. are all intact.

    So I am wondering what to try next:

    1. Retry MFSCopy? Write zeroes to WD drive first?
    2. Clone the Toshiba drive to the WD Red and then use MFSadd to expand?
    3. ?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

     
  11. chip2004

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    Update to the above post:

    Using the same connections on my desktop I tried MFSCopy again, though this time used the command mfscopy -am2000 /dev/sdX /dev/sdY . This completed in 84 minutes.

    Connected this drive, in the enclosure, to the Bolt+ and it booted! Tivo indicated 685 HD hours. I figured this indicated a 4 TB image.

    Disconnected the drive from the Bolt+ and ran mfsadd, followed by mfsaddfix. Reconnected to the Bolt+, which booted up and now shows 960 HD hours. All recordings, season passes, etc. have been preserved. Success!

    Thanks to @jmbach for this wonderful set of tools and the many posts about how to use them.

    I'm curious if anyone has any ideas why the first copy failed but the second succeeded.
     
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  12. Idealsol

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    I am trying to upgrade a Roamio Plus with a WD 4 tb red drive. Using a boot cd
    Both drives connected with internal SATA. Both drives can be identified with MFStool info /dev/sdX
    But when I try to copy , after it scans the source drive ( drive B ) I get the following error- “unable to open dev/sda for writing”
    Can anyone help
    Thanks
     
  13. jmbach

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    Can you post screen shots of the commands and screen messages you are getting starting after you logon to the MFSTools ISO.
     
  14. Idealsol

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    In frustration, I decided to zero out the new drive ( Quick zero method, the WD diagnostic wouldn’t work in Windows, used dos )
    After that on 3 different host computers I get the following with only the new WD red 4tb drive attached
    Linux: mfstool info /dev/sda
    That returns:
    Info: input/output error reading volume header
    Info:/dev/sda10: success
     
  15. jmbach

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    That is the correct message from mfsinfo when it examines a non TiVo drive. Since you erased the drive. That is an expected message.
     
  16. Idealsol

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    Thank you, much appreciated
    Finally got the copy going on a laptop using a esata drive dock for the old drive, and usb for the new
    Now just hoping it copies the drive which is failing , as intermittent clicks indicate. But it was still working when I pulled it. All the way to 0.95 %, just 99% more to go
     
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  17. SOGLAD

    SOGLAD Thank You ALL !

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    Can someone please assist me?

    I have a TiVo TCD652180,
    I am trying to install a NEW WESTERN DIGITAL 1 TB Drive, WD20EURX "Green" (WD AV), USING DVRBARS 1.0.0.7
    I did not take the option to format with Windows.

    DVRBARS appeared to "Backup" and capture my original 160 GB drive just fine (Truncated).

    DVRBARS "sees"
    my 1 TB Drive with no apparent problems. It "Restores" to my new WD Drive and "SEES" the new/additional hard drive "space" too! I accept the offer to expand to full 1 TB size... the problem is ~ DVRBARS appears to get "lost" after that and never authorizes the full 1 TB media?

    I've tried 2 'fresh' downloads of DVRBARS, but even after leaving DVRBARS churning for hours (overnight), the rest of the hard drive is never accessible? DVRBARS does ask if I am "sure you want to stop now?", but I fear I could wait a full week and still have the same results? My TiVo insists that my 1 TB is just 160 GB?... *sigh. SO frustrating because I can't fathom what I may be missing or doing wrong? I must add that I tried a SECOND NEW WD20EURX "Green" WD AV, and got the same results! Please let me assure you that I opened the shipping bags myself so I know both drives were virgin.

    Just to be clear, my TiVo does boot and function with the 1TB Drive... it just can't "see" the additional new space?
    Any ideas will be VERY welcome!

    Thank you Team!
    SOGLAD
     
  18. ThAbtO

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    You are using the wrong program. DVRBars doesn't expand. Use WinMFS or Mfstools.
     
  19. jmbach

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    Restore the DvrBARS image to one of your drives. Then use MFSTools to copy it to your final drive. The largest drive you can use is 2 TB.
     
  20. jmbach

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    BTW, the WD20EURX is a 2TB drive.
     

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