Original drive, Image, or Backup existing Drives

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    chjones8

    chjones8 New Member

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    I have a Series 3 HD and a Premiere both with lifetime that I upgraded the original drive many years ago. Both have been in use for years and I am growing concerned that the HDs will eventually fail. I have the original HD for each unit packed away. My question is if those drives, since they have no sw update for years, are even useful any longer in the event of a failure? I have seen the discussions about the Series 3 HD potentially having a problem getting the update for the current guide service. I have also seen various comments about HD images. Are there images that can be obtained that will restore these units in the event of a HD failure? Finally, is it possible with MFS Tools or some other package to clone my existing drives that have been expanded, or better yet, make my own image that could be stored on my server? Please excuse my ignorance but I have not tinkered with MFS tools since the day I installed the drive in the Premiere, which was also that day I bought it New, so quite some time ago.

    Thank you to all those who continue to keep these forums alive.
     
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    Teeps

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    If you post the TiVo model number (ex TCD748250) there are a couple folks here that will pm a link to download a clean up to date image.
     
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    unclehonkey

    unclehonkey Well-Known Member

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    sure you can. I have an image for my TivoHD stored on my computer in case the drive I have in the tivoHD goes kaput
     
  4. Jan 5, 2020 #4 of 14
    chjones8

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    The Series 3 HD is TCD652160 and the Premiere is TCD746320

    I have 2 more Premieres at my In-Law's house. Is the exact model # viewable somewhere in the menus as I could not find it in the menus and will have to go pull them out to read it off the back.
     
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    ggieseke

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    Sent.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2020 #6 of 14
    chjones8

    chjones8 New Member

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    Many Thanks!
     
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    chjones8

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    Now I have a stupid question" What software do I use to write this image to a HD? My experience has been limited to expanding the file system for use on a larger HD.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2020 #8 of 14
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    DvrBARS (see the Upgrade forum).
     
  9. chjones8

    chjones8 New Member

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    thank you
     
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The back label with the start of TCD.
    In system Information, the first 3 digits of the Tivo Service Number, the last 3 digits in the Software version number.
     
  11. klj

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    Hello, I currently have a series 3 TCD652160 with a dead drive. Could someone send the image file I would need to get another drive up and running? Thanks
     
  12. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Sent.

    Be sure to get the capacitors in the power supply checked out or you may have issues down the road. If you cannot perform this, find an electronics repair place. You could google it with your location.
     
  13. klj

    klj Tivo Challenged

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    thanks for the help!
     
  14. klj

    klj Tivo Challenged

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    working great
     
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