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Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by weaknees, Nov 4, 2003.
Thanks - I'll try to put that in.
When will these instructions be updated to include (what I believe are) the newest TiVo models, including the one I just ordered, which I believe to be a 540040?
Is it safe to just use the 240040 selection instead?
I'm actually working on that now - you can use the 240040 instructions as long as your drive is a 120 or smaller. Otherwise, I should have the site updated within a few days.
Long time lurker, first time poster. I just wanted to thank Weaknees for the instructions. I finally got up the courage to upgrade the hard drive on my Hughes D*Tivo. Went from 35 hours to 105 hours with out a hitch. I've had the hard drive sitting in the basement for almost six months and decided it was time to give it a try, especially since if I somehow screwed it up, a new replacement unit can now be had for as little as $50. Thanks again!
We've updated the site to reflect now ALL of the TiVos that can be currently upgraded (the only exclusion being the Toshiba SD-H400). The new models added are:
Hughes HD HR10-250
Samsung SIR - 4080R
In order to support large drives for the units that can handle them:
-we have a CD available for download with mfstools and BlessTiVo on it
-we have some instructions for the new units to work around the 256 GB limitation in mfstools
Good luck upgrading!
I've looked around abit and I'm not sure if I found the answer to my question or not....
I've got a Hughes HDVR2 with a failing drive. It was freezing up, so I tried it's (tivo's) reset and delete everything option, and could never get past the startup screen. Took the drive out and ran powermax on it ant it reported back that the drive was failing.
SO here is my question...... Are there any utilities available to or is it even possible to just get my new Maxtor 80gb drive setup as a replacement A drive with out having to try and get an image off of my failing original 40gb drive?
Thanks in advance.
You can ask around for an image file (dig around in this forum) then use these instructions to restore the image file to the new drive.
Thank you for the info.
The config setup asks: "Are you using drives larger than 250 GB?"
Does that mean: "Is any drive larger than 250 GB?" or does it mean: "Do your drives total more than 250 GB?"
It means "any one drive" in your upgrade.
Great job on the instructions and continuing support.
And *major* praise for the TwinBreeze kit for the HR10-250. Great instructions and illustrations, beautifully designed bracket, all the parts needed (less disks), and the required Torx drivers to boot! That'll save me running to the Jeep for my multi-drive set in the future.
Shame the -Tao copy/expand took ~32 hrs from a full 250gb to a new pair or 250s, but it was well worth the time. Flawless.
Big thanks for your continuing efforts.
Glad to hear it - if it took 32 hours, the TiVo must have been pretty full, and you clearly need the space!
Very full. Stuff was ready to "age off" without having been viewed. Haven't had that happen since I did an upgrade to my original DSR6000 several years ago.
I wondered if that was a reasonable amount of time on a P4 2.8ghz/1gb RAM system, but since it *did* complete successfully I have to assume it's normal.
If it should have to happen again, it'll be image restore for me. The recordings are just gonna have to take it tough
It certainly seems like a long time, but not unheard of. If you didn't have DMA on, then it can slow down a lot.
I just wanted to thank you for writing this guide. It was extremely well written, and really useful. (Fedex says I have a pair of bracket/fan kits on the way here, too.)
I have a question about my recent upgrade experiences.
I added a 120 gb drive to a new 540040 and an older 24008A over the weekend.
The 540040 was new, with no recordings on it. When I backed it up, the backup file was about 600mb.
The upgrade went well, (except when I booted the additional drive into W2k to erase the backup I made to it after mfsadding the drive. Oops. I was able to recover, though.)
When I upgraded the older TiVo, however, the backup was only about 300mb. I told the instruction wizard that I wanted to save the recordings, and used the backup command I was given, but I'm thinking it didn't actually backup the shows.
Fortunately, I didn't need to use the backup file, and everything went well on the second upgrade, but I'm wondering what went wrong with the backup.
Those backup file sizes could certainly be right for each unit. Our instructions allow you to copy recordings, but no configuration on this site will give you info for backing up your recordings to a file, although it is possible.
Ahh.. I see.
I was under the impression that you could include the recordings into the backup.
Thank you weaknees,
I was pretty nervous to upgrade my Tivo but your clear instructions made the upgrade a breeze!
Keep up the great work, it is highly appreciated!
I have a Hughes HDVR2 that I upgraded from 30 hours to 105 hours (120 GB) many months ago. "Piece of cake." I am now in the process of adding a second 120GB drive. I would like to preserve my recordings.
It appears that in the Hinsdale instructions Configuration #1 (and Weaknees interactive) that all I need to do is run the "mfsadd..." command. However, since I am past the 180GB barrier, the Hinsdale instructions suggest I need to do either Configuration #2 or #3 to increase the swap space. Obviously #3 saves my recordings, but it assumes TWO NEW drives -- not adding a drive as in #1.
Is there a safe way to add 120Gb to a 120 Gb system and save the recordings?
I think I found the answer to my question. I found my notes from my previous upgrade. I had used the "-s 127" parameter when I had previously increased the size of the "A" drive. Thus I just used the "mfadd" command this time to add another drive.
I notice your upgrade instructions seem to require Windows. I only have a PC running Linux and several Macs.