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Old 12-29-2005, 07:33 AM   #1 (Print)
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Cloning pre configued hard drive

My sister has just ordered a pre configued hard drive for her tivo which she want's me to fit, before installing it can anyone tell me if it is possible to clone this disk to another virgin drive of the same capacity if yes is there a special program to use or is it a straight copy via a Pc.
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Old 12-29-2005, 07:44 AM   #2 (Print)
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You need to use a special boot CD on the computer you use.
The version of this varies with the size of the hard disc you are copying.

One must also be VERY CAREFUL that the PC does not boot XP while the Tivo drive is connected. If it does it will no longer work in Tivo as the boot sector data will be changed.

See http://www.steveconrad.co.uk/tivo/

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Old 12-29-2005, 08:16 AM   #3 (Print)
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If you can do that, then you will also be able to upgrade your own and your sister's machines

In that case, you might as well DIY and save yourself some money as well as keeping your own settings and recordings, rather than paying for and then cloning a blank image from some guy on eBay!

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Old 12-29-2005, 10:16 AM   #4 (Print)
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Logically, I can't see why it you couldn't just use dd to clone the drive to an identical hard disk. However, getting hold of an identical disk may be tricky (if not impossible) due to slight variations in the capacity of of drives labeled as being a certain capacity by manufacturers
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:09 PM   #5 (Print)
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The visually challenged fruit wasn't saying it can't be done but just pointing out that if hamradio is prepared to clone a preconfigured drive to save a few £££s he might as well copy, or backup/restore, from the current to a new drive himself rather than buying a preconfigured one.

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