Western Digital 1TB SATA upgrade for UK Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by jeremy Parsons, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. djs42

    djs42 New Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    I got my 1TB disk working now. I ended up using the MFSLive linux command line to do a truncated backup followed by WinMFS to do the mfsadd, as suggested by Dougal, and all was then good!

    I now have a VERY quiet system and 364 hours of recording time!

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction guys.

  2. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Not Far...
    Good to hear it worked out in the end and that Dougal's method proved a success.
  3. jeremy Parsons

    jeremy Parsons Very Advanced Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Getting back th the thread it looks like this is an emerging process I will have to put it in the spare weekend box as it looks like a difficult process given what I do for a living its a bit of a busmans holiday :)
  4. jdwood37

    jdwood37 New Member

    Dec 6, 2002
    Bedford, UK
    Just installed a 500GB WD Green Power drive with SATA convertor by 'Newlink'. Replaces a Samsung 400GB which is pretty quiet and cool. Works fine so far, the main thing that concerned me was the 'no sound without soft reset' problem with some disks like Seagate, Maxtor - but it's ok. The drive is virtually silent even outside the case. On the face of it probably the ideal upgrade disk quite cheap but you have to add the convertor cost as well..
  5. cpitchford

    cpitchford Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Hi all,

    Please forgive my ignorance. I upgraded my S1 UK tivo from 40Gig single to 2 x 320Gig a number of years ago but I faced a serious problem

    When using mfsrestore to copy all data from my single drive to my two new replacements, it created partitions larger than 250Gig (ie on the first disk it added two partitions application+media that used the new remaining 280gig on the second it created two partitions using the full 320)

    When booting the Tivo with these disks, it green-screened and remained very very unhappy :(

    Sooo, I used pdisk to manually create partitions smaller than 250Gig. That didn't work because mfs_restore wouldn't allow me to specify partition names... Sooo I used Linux LVM2 to create a block device that appeared to be smaller than 320 gig (ie the free space was smaller than 250) and used mfs_restore to grow onto this "truncated" disk. Then removed LVM2 and grew the disk again to use the full 320Gig..

    I have the Howto I wrote years ago and it still works as I had a disk failure and replaced them both with WD raid-edition hard drives (I still have my original 40gig drive just incase!)

    Question is, How are you guys using 500+ gig drives? How are you instructing MFS_restore NOT to create partitions larger than 250gig?

    What tools are you using? And where can I get them! I don't seem to be able to find an original source for mfs_backup/restore but I also seem to remember it was closed source (which is a pitty since there were so many things I wanted to patch!)

    My tivo isn't easily growable now.. the first disk has all 16 partitions used and the second disk has 4 used.. so I could upgrade the second disk, I suppose..

    I'd love to hear how you guys did your large upgrades and what tools you're all using!


  6. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Not Far...
    See www.steveconrad.co.uk/tivo/upgrade3.html


  7. ciper

    ciper Active Member

    Nov 4, 2004
  8. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

    Oct 5, 2002
    Ciper, are you US based?

    UK users only have one model and it has already been covered this in the thread and in this one:


    Apart from the 'Chipset on the adapter', which I don't know and can't find without opening up my TiVo. :)

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