I have an HDVR2 that I upgraded from 40GB to a 160GB drive before lba support was available so the upgrade only used 137GB.
The hdvr2 has since been upgraded to 6.2 software which I understand has lba support in the kernel.
I now would like to upgrade to a 400GB drive and save the recordings (wife's TiVo) and settings to make it "transparant". I am using the PTVupgrade disk with lba support. The OS boots and recognizes the drives at their correct size; 160GB and 400GB.
Note the "-r 4" is definitely needed for large hard drives. Try again and make sure you put in all the spaces exactly where they should be and match the case letter for letter. Double check to make sure that the drive letters are right. Use <shift>-<pageup> to scroll up the boot logs and verify that the drives are where you think they are.
When I did the original upgrade I did not save the recordings...
That doesn't matter. The first time you expanded you recreated the original 13 partitions and added 2 new ones for the expansion. You can't add another 2 to expand again, since that would mean 17 partitions and you can only have a max of 16.
Bottom line, you can not expand again and save recordings.
Is there any work-around that could save the recordings upgrading a previously expanded drive?
I have a very similar situation - my wife's HDR-212 Series 1 has been expanded years ago and now she has it fully loaded and needs another expansion, but will not part with her recordings to get it.
Also, is not being able to keep recordings the only problem arising from adding a large HDD to a previously expanded Tivo?
(BTW - I used the Weaknees pipe command to expand a new Series 2 for my daughter and it worked beautifully and quickly.)