New HD using Mac

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by teasip, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. teasip

    teasip Member

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    I'm interested in potentially upgrading one of my two TiVo HD's. If I use an external drive hub to load the new HD, load WinXP through VM Fusion, and then re-boot from WinXP using IC CD should I have any problems cloning my OEM HD?
     
  2. bru_man

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    You should look at pyTivo, it has a web interface to select the stuff you want to pull down.
     
  3. teasip

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    I have PyTiVo loaded on my MacBook but I was interested in upgrading the HD size, as well as having an emergency backup disk if the HD were to go bad. I guess the primary question I'm asking is have others used the Windows based programming through VM Fusion, or Parallels for that matter, on a Mac to upgrade/clone their TiVo HD drives to a new drive?
     
  4. JoeTaxpayer

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    The process used by Instantcake is to boot from a Linux Based CD, don't know that a Mac will do this, have nothing to do with VM Fusion etc. Maybe someone from DVRupgrade can comment.
     
  5. novame

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    I just upgraded my stock TivoHD this weekend via my MacBook. I booted from MFSLive on a Linux disc using two external eSata to USB adaptors. Took about 2 to 3 hours to copy everything over from the stock 160GB to the new 1TB.

    I looked into using VMFusion or Parallels, but it was more complicated than simply avoiding either in the first place by using a Linux boot CD with MFSLive on it. No need to use Windows for the upgrade.
     
  6. teasip

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    novame, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the input.
     
  7. mattack

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    Though unfortunately you do have to use Windows if you use a certain size drive or bigger (AFAIK it is > 1 TB). I asked that question and confirmed it in the main upgrade thread a while ago. In other words, the CLI tools don't handle the "current" cheapo drives (1.5 TB) fully.
     
  8. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Correct.

    If you prepare e a >1.1TB drive in MFSLive, the TiVo won't work correctly. It would reboot every five minutes.

    As long as you stick to a drive that is 1.1TB or smaller, MFSLive works fine.
     
  9. teasip

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    I had thought about using a 1TB drive only, which based on what I'm reading here would work fine using a Linux boot disc, external drive bay, and one of the listed HD's in the upgrade thread, along with MFSLive.
     

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