Premiere Drive Upgrade Instructions - with all-in-one jmfs Live CD

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  1. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Apparently you can roll back but the process loses all your recordings


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  2. ggieseke

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    You should be able to downgrade from Hydra, but I think you have to switch the remote control into IR mode.
     
  3. makracing36

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    I just copied an already upgraded failing 1.5T drive to a 2T drive useing 1.04. Everything copied fine and the drive works. I am not about to get it to use the other 500gb of the new drive though. I then found JMFS 1.05 and it said it expanded the drive to 2T but when i place it back in the Tivo it sees it as an external drive and removes it.

    Any ideas on how to get my drive to expand correctly to get the other 500gb that is not is use at the moment?
     
  4. jmbach

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    The best and easiest way is to use MFSTools 3.2 to copy the image to another drive.

    The issue is that the drive has been upgraded once already and has maxed out the allowed partition count. You can try to run 8TBPrep found on the MFSTools 3.2 ISO and if it finishes without error, you can then expand the drive.


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  5. NWATX

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    Attempting to recover Tivo Premier using JMFS live copy. Copy running _very_ slowly with some errors accumulating (looks like it will copy 320GB in 3 days). My model # is TCD746320. I think I need an image from which to build the new 1 TB replacement drive.
     
  6. ggieseke

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    PM sent.
     
  7. findbenjamin

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    It looks like my drive too, is hosed. 4 errors with only 8 Gig copied. Can someone send a link for image? Many thanks!

    EDIT:

    Premiere XL.

    Thanks!
     
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  8. ggieseke

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    PM sent.
     
  9. findbenjamin

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    Thanks ggieseke. Much appreciated!
     
  10. NWATX

    NWATX New Member

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    Thank you! My TiVo Premiere is resurrected!
     
  11. BosCyclist

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    Everyone,
    The Holidays and a ski trip delayed me repairing my TiVo. Unfortunately after building a new hard drive with an image, my machine is stuck in a startup loop. Here are the steps that I did using a laptop. If anyone sees anything wrong, please let me know:

    a) Laptop: Ubuntu 17.10; new drive: WD 2TB AV-GP WD20EURX
    b) Mount image (Ubuntu)
    $ sudo vhdimount -X allow_root ~/TiVo/TCD748000.vhd /mnt/vhd
    c) Copy image to new drive (Ubuntu, takes ~2.5 hours, finishes successfully)
    $ sudo ddrescue -f -n /mnt/vhd/vhdi1 /dev/sda
    d) Boot into MFS Tools 3.2 (to expand 1TB image to fill 2TB)
    # mfsadd -r 4 -x /dev/sda
    Successful: initial 1175 hours, now 2374 hours
    e) Install drive into TiVo. Power up. Initiate Kickstarter 57.
    f) Blue 'External Storage Missing' screen appears which is a surprise. Press CLEAR since I never had an external drive. (Maybe the image had an external drive?) Follow-up Blue 'Warning! ...permanently deleting external storage device' screen. Press THUMBS DOWN 3x then ENTER to confirm removing external drive. TiVo screen confirming deletion. Lasts for ~10 minutes. Reboots.
    g) Re-initiate Kickstarter 57. Successful. Green Screen. After ~20 minutes. Reboots.
    h) 'Welcome! Starting Up..." screen appear. After ~3 minutes, screen goes blank. 'Almost there...' screen appears. After ~10 minutes, all lights flash (green, yellow, red, blue) at once. Goes back to 'Welcome! Starting Up' screen and the cycles repeats forever.

    I looked at my Power supply board. None of the capacitors were bulging. Again if anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Thanks.
     
  12. lpwcomp

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    You can't just copy the image file to the new drive. You need to use DvrBARS.
     
  13. jmbach

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    Some of the WD20EURS you need to either disable wdidle3, PUIS, or both for them to work in a TiVo.

    Consider mounting the VHD and use mfscopy command to copy the VHD to the new drive. It can copy and expand at the same time. However, if this is the virgin image from ggieseke, it may not work. You may have to copy the image to a drive and let it boot and update first before it can be expanded and/or copied successfully.

    If you are going to copy the image to the drive via dd or ddrescue and want to use mfsadd to add recording space to a premiere image, you will need to run apmfix utility on that latest MFSTools iso to fix the image to work in the Premiere. You might still get a divorce screen but that is OK. If you do not run apmfix, the Premiere will report that you have space available but when it tries to use that space it will error out.

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  14. lpwcomp

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    John's...
    How can either mfscopy or dd/ddrescue create a bootable TiVo drive from a VHD? Don't you need to use DvrBARS?

    Maybe PUIS, but Intellipark (which is what the wdidle3 command disables) only comes into play on a soft boot. In any case, you cannot disable either one of these with a laptop. You should be able to disable PUIS (if indeed enabled) via jumpers on the drive.
     
  15. jmbach

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    If the VHD is appropriately virtualized inside the OS, it will appear as a drive to the OS and can be used just like a 'real' connected drive. So dd and MFSTools can use it.

    I use a laptop to modify PUIS and wdidle3 on a drive when needed. My development and TiVo modding is all done on a laptop.

    Not every drive will have a jumper to disable PUIS so it has to be done via software (HDAT2).
     
  16. ggieseke

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    Using dd/ddrescue in a VM is slow as hell because it copies the entire virtual "drive" on a byte-for-byte basis, but it should work. VHD is a published standard that most virtualization software understands these days (one of the reasons I chose it) but the DvrBARS Quick Restore mode is usually a lot faster because it only writes the sectors that actually contain data. In MFSTools 3.2, mfscopy does basically the same thing because it only copies what it thinks is relevant.
     
  17. mee081224

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    So I bought a new 1tb after my tivo drive took a crap. Turns out it is a 1.5 TB drive and not 1TB. So I then bought a used 320gb tivo premiere drive to copy. Sucks to know i could have asked for an image first. I had issues using a usb stick, so i finally burned an image of 1.4 from first post, but its not accepting any keyboad keystrokes. I then tried to use the 1.5 but its all command line access and i dont know the commands to run. I did the fdisk and the make writable but running into an issue copying since i dont know the syntax to make a drive input vs output.
    What can i do?

    Edit. Looks like my target drive had something on it. So I ran ddrescue from the command line instead of copydisk so I could force the write from source to target.

    So far my steps have been
    fdisk -l (to identify drives a was source & b was target)
    chmod o+rw on target
    chmod o+r on source
    ddsrescue --force "/dev/sda" "/dev/sdb"


    I assume my next steps will be to expand (mfsadd), but i dont see how to supersize (remove commericals)
     
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  18. L David Matheny

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    Read this: How To Clone Your Failing TiVo Drive With ddrescue
    [Edit] OK, maybe you're already past that point, but it's still a good read.
     
  19. jmbach

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    First make sure your image boots in the TiVo just fine.
    The issue would if your initial image you copied was already expanded once, it cannot be expanded again. If that is the case, copy the image over to a spare drive and then use MFSTools 3.2 to copy the image back to the 1.5 TB drive. If the image has never been expanded, then you can use JMFS to expand the image. (or use mfsadd from the MFSTools 3.2 ISO followed by running apmfix from the same ISO on the image)
     
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    tivodude007

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    I wish I had read this old post about my upgrade for my Premiere. I had the same problem trying to work on 3-4 TB drives with an older USB2.0 exteranal with a cap of 2TB which caused lots of grief again :-( ...

    I have a problem with my TiVo HDDs and need a TCD 746320 image to fix the problem can I get a PM on this problem?
    Thanks in advance for your help... :)
     

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