WinMFS help needed please?

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  1. unitron

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    If it weren't for the TiVo's proprietary file system about which so much less is known than Microsoft's or Apple's proprietary file systems, perhaps it could be done the way you would with computer drives.

    With the TiVo, it's not just how few shows you still have on there, but where on those media partitions they are.

    If you have any saved from before the 40GB to 1TB upgrade, they'll be on 11 and/or 13, but the ones recorded after could, for all I know, be partially in more than one of those 3 media partitions (11, 13, 15), and for all I know, WinMFS might be able to re-assemble the parts into a smaller overall space, but would take a week to do the math to figure out how to do it.

    You never did say which SATA/IDE adapter you're using on that 1TB drive.
     
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    what you mean adapter on the 1TB drive? for the DTivo receiver use?
     
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    Doesn't that Samsung use a PATA/IDE hard drive?

    Don't you have to use an adapter to use a SATA drive in it?
     
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    but how come it reached 6 bars in the progress screen then?
     
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    That could have been it copying partitions 1-13 (or 14) and then finding itself stumped when there wasn't enough room for #15.

    It could be that spike didn't code it to check for the going from bigger to smaller situation because he didn't expect anyone to do that.

    Or maybe it got that far copying 1-13 and then bogged down doing the computation to figure out how to get the shows out and put them in a smaller partition.

    Not being the guy who wrote it, I just don't know.
     
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    ok I tried one more time, I started on 1-19-12 and it finally finished today 2-12-12 but now the receiver is stuck on acquiring Satellite information with 0% complete, what could be the problem now? also, I cannot watch any of the recordings either? should the drive be set to the Master setting? thanks
     
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    Are you saying that WinMFS ran from the 19th of January until the 12th of February, but it actually did finish, and the 400GB drive actually boots in the TiVo?
     
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    yes but it stays frozen at the acquiring satellite info screen with 0% complete but I can't see any of the saved recordings, I do have the drive set at the Master setting, is it suppose to be that or with the little black thing not in the drive?
     
  10. unitron

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    WOW!

    25 days.

    WOW!

    and it actually successfully finished.

    It should either be jumpered as Master or Cable Select.

    If it uses a 40 pin 40 conductor cable, it should be jumpered as Master.

    If it's a 40 pin 80 conductor cable, then it may be okay jumpered as Master or it may need to be jumpered Cable Select.

    Whatever way you have it, if the TiVo actually boots up, then that means it can find the hard drive, and that means it's okay jumpered that way.

    I have no experience with Satellite TiVos.

    Is that acquiring satellite information screen something that you should see before or after you see any opening TiVo animation clip and the main TiVo menu?

    If that's the first screen that shows when you plug in a known good unit, maybe it's not seeing the drive after all.

    Have you tried plugging it in without the drive data cable attached?

    What do you get then?

    If it hasn't acquired that satellite info yet it probably isn't going to do so until something is changed, so you can probably go ahead and pull the plug.

    Also, did you carefully examine the power supply capacitors when you had the unit open?

    Finally, this has nothing to do with your current situation, but if you got that 1TB drive to work in that unit using the particular SATA/IDE adapter you indicated, it was a miracle, if the pictures on the eBay listing are accurate.

    That's the one with the Sunplus chipset, which is famous for not working in TiVos.
     
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    ok got the acquiring satellite info solved, had the 2 cables connected wrong, but the recordings doesn't show, tried several of them but it all asked if I want to delete it now, strange that all of the recordings are displayed but can't be played
     
  12. unitron

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    Okay, apparently what happened is the database of the recordings was preserved but not the recordings themselves. I've seen that before.

    Since that model doesn't do networking you can't re-install the 1TB and use TiVo Desktop to copy the shows to computer, so short of some hacking that's beyond my knowledge and abilities, the only solution I see is to re-install the 1TB and watch up everything.

    As for that hacking, I don't know for sure if it's possible on that model or not, but it would be discussed on the site which may not be named on this site.

    Could you use the mfsinfo feature on WinMFS and copy paste the results here for both the 1TB drive and the 400?

    That way I might be able to get an idea of just what WinMFS did do during those 25 days. Probably won't help solve your problem but the knowledge might come in handy for me some day.
     
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    And another thing, is that "acquiring satellite info" thing something that comes up first, or only after the TiVo boots up and loads the TiVo operating software into memory?
     
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    afterwards, it's the last thing before you see any channel at all
     
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    I figured as much, since going from large to smaller drive probably wouldn't preserve any recordings
     
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    So can you boot up and get to TiVo Central before that completes?
     

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