Toshiba sd-400

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  1. Jul 16, 2006 #81 of 163
    JamieP

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    Keep in mind that there is no guarantee a new hard disk will fix your problem. It is likely that it will, but you haven't described your symptoms, so it's hard to know.

    The simpliest solution is to go buy a pre-imaged drive for your system from one of the upgrade vendors. You'll pay more than for a bare drive, but this approach may be worth considering if you are nervous about a completely DIY solution.

    A cheaper way is to buy a bare harddrive and put the tivo software image on it yourself. A 320GB drive -- 4 times your original capacity -- runs about $100.

    You can buy a tivo software image from PTVUpgrade for ~ $20. They call the product "Instant Cake" be sure you select the right tivo model.

    You can also find a free tivo software image on the ed2k peer-to-peer network if you look around. Tivo frowns upon sharing of tivo software images, so they are a little hard to find. There is some possibility of getting a "bad" image this way. The usual symptom of a bad image is that the menus are "transparent" and you see live tv behind them instead of the usual tivo background animations. Again, be sure you get an image that is for your hardware model. An sd-h400 is also known as a "264" model -- based on the first three digits of the tivo service number.

    If you DIY using a downloaded image, follow the weaknees upgrade instructions for restoring from a backup. There are other instructions out there, but some of them are not up to date and don't work correctly with large disks.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2006 #82 of 163
    cgilly

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    My Tivo is doing what everyone esle's has done - "Welcome, Powering Up" screen, then I'll get the green screen that says to wait 3 hours, then an error screen that says there is a critical error and I need to contact Tivo.

    I looked at the instant cake info - but there is no choice for this Toshiba model. I don't really care too much about increasing the size of the drive, I was thinking of just going to the FAR drive that is going on this week at CC (w/a PM to OD) for a 160gb Western Digital drive. I'd be really happy to spend the $20 on istant cake and be done w/it for that price - but there is no version available.

    I reviewed the weaknees directions w/my co-worker on Friday, and he agrees it looks easy enough, and is even willing to try to salvage my recordings (if they aren't trashed from the crash already).

    I need to find a good image I guess, since my HD probably won't spin long enough to recover it. I'd prefer to go this route w/a minimal HD cost and be done with it, since I have a guy that will help me do the install.

    Thanks again.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2006 #83 of 163
    cgilly

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    Please check your email...

    Thanks.
     
  4. Jul 17, 2006 #84 of 163
    ronniejay

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    I left one email, too.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2006 #85 of 163
    flyonwall

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    Adding to the list of recently departed units... mine died one week ago after 2 years of faithful service. Now it only shows the "Welcome.. powering up" screen (it made the dying hard drive clicks at first, but now only silence).

    This is more than a coincidence, and probably class action worthy.
     
  6. Jul 29, 2006 #86 of 163
    TivoBasicRules

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    My SD-H400 died a similar death last Sunday. I am looking for a good hard drive image.
     
  7. Jul 29, 2006 #87 of 163
    michigan bob

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    I've had my Toshiba for about 2 1/2 years and replaced the hard drive last summer with a 250GB drive. I sure hope mine doesn't die soon.
     
  8. Aug 5, 2006 #88 of 163
    ColonelCash

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    OK, you can add mine to the list also. I actually have 2 of these units, one is holding up well and another died about a year ago, with my copy of "Anchorman" in the drive (not happy about that at all). Since I have 1 working unit, couldn't I just make an image of that drive and install a new drive in the second unit? Also, what type of drive is needed for these units? EIDE, ATA, SATA, etc.? I'll keep watching for a drive for cheap and just work on this one myself. Also, if anyone knows how to make an image of the drive, please let me know! PM's and links are welcome.
     
  9. Aug 9, 2006 #89 of 163
    megazone

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  10. Aug 9, 2006 #90 of 163
    KBOOM

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    R.I.P.
    7/2004 - 8/2006
     
  11. Aug 10, 2006 #91 of 163
    JamieP

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    That guide doesn't describe how to remove the capacity lock on a stock sd-h400 nor does it include the extra "-r 4" switch needed when expanding onto a large disk (partitions > 274GB).

    I'd recommend following this instead, since it addresses both of those issues and seems to be actively maintained.
     
  12. Aug 11, 2006 #92 of 163
    doyling

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    Looks like I caught mine just in time. I started hearing the heads pick up and drop, and change speeds. I cloned my drive since my wife has tons of season pass and whatnot. It took 12 hours on a Pentium 4 2gighz. My problem now is that the Tivo only shows 83 hours though I put a 120g drive in there. I used MFStools 2.0. I would apreciate any suggestions.

    For the next guy who's wife has lots of programs to save and needs to do a copy, here is my suggestion. Tivo to Go all the files to your computer. Yup that will take awhile and give her time to put more on. Then, delete the programs so all you have left is the OS. I bet that copies much faster.
     
  13. Aug 11, 2006 #93 of 163
    JamieP

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    Read the weaknees instructions for your hardware here and pay particular attention to the sd-h400_unlock step.

    You can capacity unlock your 120GB drive without going through the whole copy process again.
     
  14. Aug 11, 2006 #94 of 163
    doyling

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    Thank you. I just did that but I have another problem. My video is awful after a reboot. I noticed this before but it would eventually clear up. I am using component video cables to a regular TV not high def or anything. The screen is just a bunch of lines. I called Toshiba earlier in the day, but by the time they answered, all was well. Now, after booting back up after the unlock, its the lines again. They have not cleared up either this time. Two reboots, plus the tv.

    I am trying to figure out if it has something to do with the progressive/interlace switch on the back. I found that booting with RCA jacks to the front pannel of my tv had a similar effect. I would have audio, but after the grey boot up screen, when I get the orange tivo guy screen, it would go blank. This is the same spot the lines would start when using the component vid outputs.

    Wow, what a hassle. Changing from progressive to interlace did the trick. Plus, the unlock freed my hard drive. Yippie 137 hours. Wife will be impressed.

    :)
     
  15. Aug 12, 2006 #95 of 163
    hiros

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    Thanks JamieP.

    My SD-400 died yesterday and I successfully upgraded the drive with instant cake at PTVupgrade.
    I could find the instant cake for SD-400, ICAKE2-S2SA-DVD and downloaded it by just $20.


    I baked the boot CD from this image then I could build the TiVo drive with WD 120GB drive that I had for stock.

    Now my SD-400 is working fine with 120GB drive. :)
     
  16. Aug 14, 2006 #96 of 163
    janbo

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    any way to down your image to my pc? my toshiba sd-h400 hard drive just failed and i don't have a backup image.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2006 #97 of 163
    lafos

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    I'm not necessarily defending Toshiba, but my two are almost 3 years old, and except for running warm, have behaved well. I have replaced the drives at 12-15 month intervals, not because they failed, but because they're cheap. This is not a guarantee of performance, as I did the same thing with a 140 S2, and it died after 3.5 years. It was not the drive. My policy is to not trash old drives, just stack them in a box in the closet. When the S2 died, I tried swapping out with the two most recent vintages with no success. TiVo charged $150 to replace it with a refurb 540 series so I could keep the lifetime subscription going.

    Toshiba was going beyond the call of duty by exchanging out-of-warranty boxes at no charge, and then when they changed to a policy that would be normal in most electronics industries, some people started bashing them.

    Is it really anger at Toshiba for making an "inferior" product, or jealousy that some people benefitted from a generous policy but some didn't?

    And yes, I also have one of the overheating laptops Toshiba was sued over. I have another Toshiba laptop that has worked flawlessly for 4.5 years.
     
  18. Aug 18, 2006 #98 of 163
    cyclemattstl

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    My SD-H400 died this week, two years and one week. I too was told by Toshiba that it would cost 140 to fix. I bought a 400 GB drive and planned to buy InstantCake but of course the Toshiba is not listed and they did not return my email. I dont know how the ICAKE2-S2SA-DVD referred above worked. I am hoping someone can help me with a drive image. If not, I will buy a small preimaged drive and back that up. Please email me if you have any help. Thank you.

    Matt
     
  19. Aug 18, 2006 #99 of 163
    JamieP

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    It's there, although it can be a little hard to find. Try this link and choose "Toshiba SD-H400" as your model number.

    There are images you can download from the ED2K P2P network too. There is a link in the image begging forum over at DDB.
     
  20. angelnjj

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    Hmmmm...me too, died yesterday. Arrangements are being made and there will be a private ceremony for friends of the family...

    Is there anything I can do?!?? Is the best bet starting over and forking up the cash for a new machine? Any recommendations?
     

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