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Hi Forum,

I have been reading many posts regarding what needs to be done to hopefully recover my premiere's HD data, my wife wants to try and recover all of her shows.

I understand the general scheme:
An imaging run and maybe a copy run using DVR bars and would kindly ask for help with an image for this model.

This is my first Tivo HD fail and I have been a TIVO user since 2002 or so. So this is my first real venture into really fixing a unit on my own.

I have a 1 TB upgrade WD from newegg on the way ($61) and know I will eventually need another tool to expand the drives useful size w/ jmfs.

feel free to mail me: tsp1665 via yahoo.

unrelated side question.. is there any way to make a tivo premiere default to a given channel at startup?

Many thanks

Tim
 

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Hi Forum,

I have been reading many posts regarding what needs to be done to hopefully recover my premiere's HD data, my wife wants to try and recover all of her shows.

I understand the general scheme:
An imaging run and maybe a copy run using DVR bars and would kindly ask for help with an image for this model.

This is my first Tivo HD fail and I have been a TIVO user since 2002 or so. So this is my first real venture into really fixing a unit on my own.

I have a 1 TB upgrade WD from newegg on the way ($61) and know I will eventually need another tool to expand the drives useful size w/ jmfs.

feel free to mail me: tsp1665 via yahoo.

unrelated side question.. is there any way to make a tivo premiere default to a given channel at startup?

Many thanks

Tim
If you pull the power on a Premiere, all tuners will be set to that channel when you apply power.
 

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Well, very good question.
I wanted to try and save it, but am not sure that will work. So a clean image rebuild is my second option and last resort and I wanted to be ready for that.
I have just downloaded the set of WD drive utilities that I hope can test the currently "failed" drive.

I just do not know how often GSOD drives digital files can be recovered and how well I can test in the current state/format.

I figured I would be able to create a fresh image then copy the hopefully intact files/media into that.

I still need to get out and get a darn torx tool that I do not own to remove the drive out of the Tivo housing. Maybe I am really wrong in my assumptions on the total workflow/processes.

Thanks for the quick response.
I just was trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Tim
 

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Well, very good question.
I wanted to try and save it, but am not sure that will work. So a clean image rebuild is my second option and last resort and I wanted to be ready for that.
I have just downloaded the set of WD drive utilities that I hope can test the currently "failed" drive.

I just do not know how often GSOD drives digital files can be recovered and how well I can test in the current state/format.

I figured I would be able to create a fresh image then copy the hopefully intact files/media into that.

I still need to get out and get a darn torx tool that I do not own to remove the drive out of the Tivo housing. Maybe I am really wrong in my assumptions on the total workflow/processes.

Thanks for the quick response.
I just was trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Tim
The HDD in my XL4 expired with GSOD, after only 2 years and never more than 25% used.
Tivo was stuck in a boot loop....

Tried to "fix" the drive with the WD tool kit, no joy.
But, if you have time, it can't hurt to try; if it works and TiVo boots up.
You might be able to clone the data to the new drive, saving the recordings.

My case, had to install a clean image to get the new hdd to work.
 

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Hey Guys, been reading up here to try and salvage my broken TCD746320. It's got the GSOD and would like to format a new replacement drive. May I also get a copy of an image? :D
 

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Excellent, Thanx! Although familiar with computers this will be my first Tivo encounter. Now need to download winmfs. ;)
WinMFS is only good for Series 1, 2, and 3 TiVos.

Premieres are Series 4s.

(If you don't know what you're doing you can screw up an S4 drive with WinMFS)

If someone sends you a link for a Premiere backup, it probably needs to be restored via DvrBARS.

Here's the thread where you can learn about it.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=503261
 

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wow.. Thanx for the heads up. I was having issues getting the software to see the new 1TB drive. I downloaded DvrBARS and am now backing up the original drive (that failed). I was trying to create a new drive without using the old one. I'll keep reading and see if I can get this thing back on line. ;)
 

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I've downloaded DvrBARS and was able to actually backup the old, dead Tivo hard drive (with errors). I also have the TCD746320.vhd image downloaded.

The issue is the DvrBARS will not write to the new unformatted drive regardless of which image I choose? DvrBARS sees both images for source and then sees both old and new drives for the target but when I try to write to the new drive I keep getting WriteFail Error 0x00000013...

I noticed on the bottom of the screen it states format is unknown - "\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1:931.51GB, unknown"

What am I missing? :confused:
 

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and now.. the rest of the story... :D

I forgot to bring the drive on-line in disk manager. :rolleyes: I was afraid of doing anything to the drive in fear of screwing something up BUT I guess it does have to be online. duh.... :p
 

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I'm getting so close... :D

I was able to use the image downloaded here to get my box back to a factory setup (THANX GUYS!) but now it won't record anything? Everything works fine as far as viewing channels, setting up recorded programs, etc. But I never see the record light come on and there's nothing in "my shows". I tried to just hit record on a channel, nothing.

When I look at the diags screen the HD doesn't seem to have an ID number? Is there something Tivo must do from there end when you replace a hard drive?
 

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I'm getting so close... :D

I was able to use the image downloaded here to get my box back to a factory setup (THANX GUYS!) but now it won't record anything? Everything works fine as far as viewing channels, setting up recorded programs, etc. But I never see the record light come on and there's nothing in "my shows". I tried to just hit record on a channel, nothing.

When I look at the diags screen the HD doesn't seem to have an ID number? Is there something Tivo must do from there end when you replace a hard drive?
You have to do a Clear & Delete Everything to "marry" the software on the hard drive to the TiVo Service Number on the unit's motherboard.
 

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Thanx David,

I saw that in several threads but when doing all the drive work never saw that in any of the processes or software? Then it dawned on my it was a Tivo thing and found it in the Tivo menu system. :D

It's in process now, Thanx again. ;)
 

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Kewl.. Success! :D

I had to reset it up but the paring was ok and I the cable card still works on all my premium channels! :up:

Now on to upgrade the working Tivo box in the living room. :D
 

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Dear all,

Could someone share the image with me too?

To explain my predicament, and see if my reasoning makes sense, here goes:

I've been trying to fix my Model TCD746320, and found this thread. My TiVo has a similar problem: the loop of GSOD, restart, GSOD, restart, unable to kickstart. I assumed the problem is the hard drive, so I tried to save the drive using ddrescue on Ubuntu. ddrescue ran fine but the new drive has the exact same problem/behavior as the old drive.

So either the software is busted and I need a new image, or something other than the hard drive is broken?

I would be hugely appreciative if you could share the image with me, to see if I can salvage this machine.

Thanks!
 
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