Use MFSTool to downsize drive - possible?

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  1. dbcollies

    dbcollies New Member

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    I have a Bolt+ 3TB model. The drive died, and TiVo replaced it. The new drive has now died. I decided I didn't need that much capacity, so I ordered a 2TB drive, thinking it might hold up a little better, and a lot cheaper.

    On the off chance I could save my recordings, I pulled the bad drive an put it into an old Linux box I had lying around, and booted into the MFSTool live CD. Turns out there is a S.M.A.R.T. error on the drive, but it's still readable. But when I try to copy the data to the new drive, I get an error that the target drive isn't big enough.

    I understand that the new drive is only 2/3 the size of the original, but it wasn't anywhere near full of recordings. I would have expected there to be enough room for what was on it.

    Is what I'm trying to do simply not possible?
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Its not how much is stored on the drive, but the partitions are a fixed size.
     
  3. jmbach

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    You might be able to use MSFTools to shrink the drive. What command line did you use for the copy?


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  4. dbcollies

    dbcollies New Member

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    Code:
    mfscopy -a /dev/sdb /dev/sdc
    I also tried

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    mfscopy -am 2000 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc
    and

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    mfscopy -aM 2000 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc
    to see if they would help
     
  5. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Use mfscopy -as /dev/sdb/ dev/sdc
     
  6. dbcollies

    dbcollies New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, adding the -s didn’t change anything. Guess I’m out of luck with my old recordings.

     
  7. jmbach

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    Getting the same error? How full is the original drive? Do you. Have a lot of suggestions recorded?


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  8. dbcollies

    dbcollies New Member

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    I didn’t think it was THAT full. I had recently cleaned out the suggestions folder, though perhaps the deleted items folder is still taking up a lot of space. I assume the -a flag isn’t smart enough to skip that folder.

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