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Old 12-01-2004, 10:47 PM   #1 (Print)
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How can I use an old TiVo drive on a PC?

Thanks to the info on this forum, I have upgraded my old TiVo for a second time!

I like to upgrade by using a larger hard drive. The advantage of this is that it frees a hard drive for my use. The first time I did this, I decided not to fool with the HD, but this time, I sure could use the 80GB hard drive that was liberated!

I attached the drive to my PC (Windows XP) and booted it in DOS. Well, it would only let me partition a small portion of that drive and not let me format it. My guess is that it is the inverse problem of when you accidentally boot a TiVo drive in Windows and make it almost useless.

So my question to the group is how do I make this HD friendly to the PC? It beats having to buy a new one.

Thank you in advance,

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:52 PM   #2 (Print)
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While I've never done this myself (I prefer to keep my stock drives around in case of emergency), I would think that fdisk would be able to blow all those Linux partitions away so you can start over.

Third-party apps like Partition Magic and the like could probably handle it as well.

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:58 PM   #3 (Print)
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Wink I played with FDISK plenty

it was no help what-so-ever. I appreciate your suggestions, but will hold on to see if there is a way w/o buying any software.

I too thought of keeping the 80 as a back-up, but heck, I have the 40 from the original set-up!

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Old 12-02-2004, 08:33 AM   #4 (Print)
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linux fdisk

I would boot from a Linux CD, and use it's drive partitioning software to blow away the partitions. then boot back to dos and use Fdisk..

I'm not a linux person so I don't know the names of the partition managers, but a quick goolge should help.

Worse case download the knoppix live boot cd. boot and use it's fdisk.


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Old 12-02-2004, 01:08 PM   #5 (Print)
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So, no-one thinks the drive might be locked, then?

If it's detecting as 10Mb, try DiskUtil.

Please do not PM me asking for TiVo backups. I don't have any.
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