MFS Tools 3.2

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  1. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    So did you end up with the drive in the Sabrent enclosure, connected Sata to Sata to the Bolt? I would like to see a picture of how your upgrade ended up. The actual Tivo, enclosure and how they are connected. All sounds great.
     
  2. shaferandrew

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    So today I pulled the drive and learned:
    1) While my Amazon order was for a "EURS", the hardware identifier (and sticker) show that it is a EURX drive.
    2) I checked the drive with wdidle and found that the idle timer was disabled.
    3) My LCC for the drive was only 3 (after being run since Wednesday) -- so it's definitely not parking it.
    4) I can open my Tivo, pull the drive, swap it into my PC, do the inspection, and return everything to normal in <25 minutes. :)

    Thanks all!
    -Andrew
     
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  3. gsutkin

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    Almost there. Just did mfsadd and mfsaddfix, and now have 960 hours of HD.
    Thank you, thank you all!
    Here is an initial photo. I’ll post more on the TiVo Bolt DVR/streamer thread as I put the covers on
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  4. tommage1

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    Glad it worked out. Only things I notice is one, when putting the cover back on the enclosure be sure to run cable out the front of the enclosure, not the back. Will keep cable from getting stressed/pinched when cover put on. Also hard to see but I don't see two cables, one coming out of enclosure, one out of Bolt. That connect in the middle so can separate Bolt from enclosure. Maybe I'm not seeing right or maybe you just decided to do slightly differently. Here are pictures of how mine looks. Pretty clean, did not have to cut Bolt case or anything on enclosure.

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  5. gsutkin

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    Very helpful - today I'm going to enclose everything and will follow these pictures for the cords. I think mine is going to mirror yours exactly. I'll take photos.
     
  6. gsutkin

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    I too was surprised about the cable card pairing. A couple of other possibilities:

    1. Maybe I was impatient while waiting for live TV to work while guide data was uploading (it's been unconnected more than 2 weeks). I booted the Cisco TA and only the network channels were coming in. Spectrum in KC is mostly SDV, and I couldn't view any of them. Plus, the TiVo was asking me to run guided setup (which I didn't do). I called Spectrum and the technician sent a reset to the TA then started the pairing process when our call was dropped (which was maddening, because even when I call the Spectrum Buffalo office that specializes in cable cards, I often get a technician somewhere else who doesn't know anything about CCs). While I was trying to dial back in, the SDV channels started coming in, and I'm unsure if that was because he had enough information to do the pairing without me on the phone, or the TA just needed more time to connect to Spectrum.

    2. When I booted the intermediate WD30EFRX, I did so without the cable card. Maybe that had an effect on the booting with the WD60PURZ?

    Regardless, recordings I've tested are working well. Makes me wonder where the corruption was. For laughs, I plugged in the original 2.5" drive and got 4 flashing lights. Might use it for a coaster.
     
  7. jmbach

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    If you booted the drive without the cableCARD, then you lost the pairing.

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  8. WVZR1

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    A question - will a Roamio Pro/Plus create 3TB on an 8TB HDD that only needs 'expanded' later using tools? The Roamio has had a 3TB for a few years.

    I bought a Bolt VOX on the last 'Summer Sale'. I've no good answer for the why but I did have a 'Lifetime' Premiere and thought it might be a last chance. I've ordered an External Drive housing and I imagine I'll do something maybe 6TB or 8TB with it. I'd probably prefer a sale of it.

    I dusted off an older P4 MediaPC and I'll assume that if the OS drive is disconnected and both Tivo HDD are mounted the Tools will do well?
     
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  9. ThAbtO

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    Yes.
     
  10. jmbach

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    Unless something has changed in the OS of late, the answer is no. The Roamio will format the whole drive and will report something that is much less and not stable to run for the long term. You can copy your current 3 TB to your 8 TB via a cloning dock or you can use MFSTools and have mfscopy copy the 3 TB to a 4 TB image on your 8 TB drive.

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  11. gsutkin

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    Jmbach, I am going to expand my other Bolt. It contains a 3TB 2.5" drive that is working well, and I am upgrading to a 10TB WD100PURZ, and wanting to keep my recordings, settings, etc. Do I start with mfscopy -am 2040 /dev/sdX /dev/sdY and wait for 3 TB of data to copy to the new 10TB HDD, then expand? Or should I clone to an intermediate 3TB drive (I still have the WD30EFRX)?

    Thanks!
     
  12. jmbach

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    The former.

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  13. WVZR1

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    So this is the more desirable approach to the Roamio - I believe I 'get it'!
     
  14. Jon Kranes

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    Hi!
    I have a Premiere XL 748000 with what seems to be a failing drive. It started when I tried to Clear & Delete Everthing in order to sell or give it away, and it stuck on the C&DE screen. I then tried Kickstart 54 which diagnosed a disk failure. Then ran Kickstart 57 which seemed to get it back to booting into setup. Ran through setup and it seems OK but I still suspect the disk, so I want to replace it.

    I just want to run through my plan before I spend money on a new disk:
    (1) Run MFSTools (have done this using Virtualbox on my Mac and confirmed I can get it running)
    (2) Remove the drive from the TiVo, put it in an enclosure with USB attachment and mount it to the MFSTools VM so it can be seen.
    (3) Attach a spare 1TB USB drive to serve as backup
    (4) Backup the TiVo drive to the spare drive
    (5) Restore the backup to a new 4TB 3.5" WD Red Plus drive that I will buy.
    (6) expand the drive (??) to use full 4TB.
    (7) Put the new drive in the TiVo and ... hopefully it boots up!

    Do I have the process basically right? I wanted to make sure this all seems feasible before I invest in the new drive.

    My plan is to then sell the TiVo (with lifetime) to at least cover the cost of the replacement disk. As to why bother doing any of this ... well, I'm just kind of geeky that way and it sounds like a fun project.
     
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  15. jmbach

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    You can. I would use mfscopy if both drives are attached at the same time. However you can just put it in a cloning dock and do it that way.

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  16. Jon Kranes

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    I only have one SATA enclosure and also have a spare 1 TB USB external drive, hence the reason for using an intermediate drive for backup/restore rather than directly copying from source to target. I suppose could buy a second enclosure to do a direct copy if there is some advantage to this approach, but otherwise I don't mind the time it takes for an extra process step.
     
  17. tommage1

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    It does sound like fun, something I would do. However I don't think a Premiere will net you nearly enough to cover the cost of a 4TB Red Plus. Maybe buy a cheap 1TB drive (a 1TB Blue 3.5 would do. 3/5 1TB is CMR), even then would be iffy.
     
  18. Jon Kranes

    Jon Kranes New Member

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    Yeah, you might be right on justifying the 4TB. But looking at eBay sales I think $100 with lifetime would be an attractive price. With 2TB it would at least stand above the typical 1TB models for sale.
     
  19. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    True enough, plus the fun of the project is the main thing ;) Good luck with it, have fun.
     
  20. WVZR1

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    I have a TCD746320 and a 1TB removed from my Roamio a very long time ago. Does it make sense to use the 1TB and the TCD746320 as a 'learning tool'? If doing something like this would I solicit a TCD746320 image file that's already been done for a 1TB or just use tools to copy and expand?

    I thought it maybe advisable to start with something that I've very little investment to lose.

    I've a Bolt 6-tuner and I'll soon have an Enclosure to consider a recent buy of a 8TB Red+ or a different external for it and the 8TB to my Roamio.
     
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