Series 2 Issue

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by MattH3333, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. MattH3333

    MattH3333 New Member

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    also the hard drive that came with the computer is a SATA, and the Humax hard drive is a PATA, which I can plug in as the slave drive. Usually the bios would show both drives.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    If it's a TiVo drive it has an Apple style bootpage and an Apple Partition Map, which are not going to be seen by a computer running DOS or Windows looking for a DOS/Windows/IBM compatible style Master Boot Record.

    Also, it you tried to acccess it with Windows Disk Management and/or Window Explorer (the file manager, not the browser), then it probably *used* to have an Apple style bootpage which Windows hosed, although if your BIOS can't find it even before Windows loads, then maybe not.

    If your PC itself, without the aid of any operating system, can't see the drive, then the TiVo isn't going to be able to either.

    Before we go any further, I have to be sure that your computer motherboard is *not* a GigaByte brand, because that introduces extra complications which have to be dealt with to protect any hard drive attached to them.

    Assuming, until I know for sure, that it's not a GigaByte brand motherboard, then I assume your TiVo uses a 40 pin, 40 conductor IDE ribbon cable to connect the drive to the TiVo motherboard. This means the drive is probably jumpered as "Master".

    You say your OS drive on your computer is a SATA, and that you're hooking up the TiVo drive as slave, so I'm guessing your optical drive is connected as Master.

    If it's using a 40 pin, 40 conductor cable, then the TiVo drive needs to be jumpered as Slave. If it's using a 40 pin, 80 conductor cable, then the plug that goes into the motherboard is blue (or maybe green or some other color), the plug into the optical is black, and the one left hanging for the TiVo drive is grey. In that case the TiVo drive needs to be jumpered "cable select", if possible, or at least "slave".

    That could make the difference in whether it is seen by the computer or not.

    (and don't forget to put the jumper back to Master when you put it back in the TiVo).
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    You might also want to plug *just* a power plug into the TiVo drive and put your ear on it to see if you can hear it spin up when power is applied.

    If you can't hear it, or feel it, or feel the gyroscope like resistance if you hold the drive and try to tilt it, then try again with the TiVo power supply.
     

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