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Use the -s option in the mfsbackup
something like mfsbackup -f9999 -6so /mnt/fat32/myTiVo60Hr.bak /dev/hda

Should create an image representing the TiVo's original drive size.
 

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Yes, you can delete everything before the transfer and that is probably a good idea.

blindlemon, The -s shrinks the backup by removing the empty partitions. It is the f nnnn or -l n that removes the recordings.
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Shrink the MFS volume A.K.A. "Divorce" the drive. Basically, after collecting a list of streams to backup, this will go through and see if any of the partitions don't have any data being backed up. If it finds this the case, it will remove any superfluous partitions from the description. (Only works if the ones not being backed up are at the end of the list. Ones in the middle aren't chopped off.)
reference:New MFS Tools features, and a question
 
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