TIVO HD or TIVO HD XL Restore/Upgrade to 2TB using winmfs 2019

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  1. silentguy

    silentguy Member

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    Here are my notes on restoring a dead TIVO HD to a 2TB Western Digital Green WD20EZRX. It is a drive I had around.

    You can also do the same restore and upgrade to 2TB for a TIVO HD XL.

    Hopefully this might help others.


    TIVO HD or TIVO HD XL Upgrade

    This upgrade can be done from TIVO HD TCD652160 (160GB)

    or from TIVO HD XL TCD658000 (1TB) to 2TB.

    Get image from Tivocommunity

    TCD652160 TCD652160 HD v11.0n.K1.tbk

    TCD658000 TCD658000 HD XL 11.0k.tbk

    Use winmfs.exe (winmfs version 93g)

    Make sure to run as ADMINISTRATOR

    FILE / SELECT DRIVE / SHOW MOUNTED DRIVE (check box) *see below on formatting

    Select the new TIVO 2TB Drive

    FILE / RESTORE Select the Tivo Image TCD652160 HD v11.0n.K1.tbk


    Click NO on EXPAND

    * You may need to format the drive using low level format tool,

    and create partitions using minipartition tool if it doesnt show up in winmfs


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    TOOLS / MFSADD

    TOOLS / MFS SUPERSIZE

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    Disable the idle time drive head park function for Western Digital Drives only :

    WDidle3.exe Use UBCD 5.11 Custom

    Choose HDD wdidle3

    After UBCD boots, and gives a prompt :


    to disable the IDLE park function type:

    wdidle3.exe /d

    A successful output looks like this :


    idle3 Timer is disabled

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    Try to adjust acoustic management.

    This did not work for the WD EURS drive.

    It said AAM not supported.


    RUN as ADMINISTRATOR in Windows

    HDDScan.exe

    Select the Tivo Drive from the drop down menu

    Click Round Blue New Task button

    Select Features -> IDE Features

    Drag Slider all the way to left until it reads 128

    Click Set


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    Can also try Hitachi Feature Tool Boot CD

    Choose AAM

    Set AAM value to 128

    Click OK

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    Using Windows

    Use WINMFS for MFS ADD and SUPERSIZE and BACKUPS

    Backup the original TIVO 160gb drive

    Backup the new WD 2TB drive


    RUN as ADMINISTRATOR in Windows

    WinMFS.exe

    File -> Select TIVO Drive

    File -> Backup

    create Truncated Backup, Boot, Kernel


    To expand, MFSADD

    Select Tools -> MFSADD -> On

    To Supersize

    Select Tools -> MfsSuperSize -> On


    Power Down

    Disconnect drives

    Put New 2TB in Tivo

    SIZE of recording space should increased from:

    280 to 318 HD hours

    2,777 SD hours
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
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  2. SOGLAD

    SOGLAD Thank You ALL !

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    Of course, the GIANT question is where can I find a copy of "winmfs 2019", please? My version appears to be a'2009' version.

    Thank you!
    SOGLAD
     
  3. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    There is no newer version that 9.3f.

    Scott
     
  4. Sbmocp

    Sbmocp Member

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    I believe a part of the instructions are missing.

    I'd read somewhere on DDB ages ago that, when setting up a new hard drive, it was necessary to set a value for cache. At least I believe that's the correct term. It was mentioned that the larger drives required more than the stock drives and that's why it was necessary. Of course I can't find that info now. :)
     
  5. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    No need to do that on an S3 that I'm aware of (I didn't do it on any of my 3 S3/HD's or my brother's 2 HD's which all got 2TB drives). I do recall this discussion in the early days of the S1 though.

    Scott
     

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