Tivo Premiere 4 drive replacement question

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by AlSea, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. AlSea

    AlSea New Member

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    I'm trying to fix a relative's dead Tivo Premiere 4. They diagnosed it (through the four flashing lights I believe) as a bad hard drive. I have a new drive and I've downloaded a new image for their model (TCD750500).

    My question is can I just use DvrBars to restore the new image to the new drive or are there other preparations I have to do with the new drive before it can be used?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    What is the new drive model?
    What is the image file name? DVRBars will work only if it was created using DVRBars.
     
  3. AlSea

    AlSea New Member

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    The new drive is a 2TB Hitachi (their choice, not mine). The old was a 500 GB Seagate.

    The image name is TCD750500.vhd
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    It sound to me like it is a 2.5 inch laptop drive and not a 3.5 inch computer drive. Premiere uses a 3.5 inch.

    I would recommend a WD Red 5400 RPM drives and it can use up to 8TB.

    The image file is a DVRBars file and should be used with that.
     
  5. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    You will also need MFSTools 3.2 or jmfs to expand it into the full 2TB after restoring the image with DvrBARS. You can find all of those tools in the Upgrade forum.
     
  6. Pern Lundell

    Pern Lundell New Member

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    I have a dead Tivo Premiere 4 as well. Could you PM me a link to a copy of the image that you have?
     
  7. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    What's the model number?
     
  8. Pern Lundell

    Pern Lundell New Member

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    TCD750500
     
  9. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Sent.
     
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