Well, I just tried it, and the WD tool (turned out both drives were WD drives) reported no errors... hmmm...could the freezing and reboots be due to something else, is the diagnostic software unable to detect TiVo file system errors, or is it some other HD error?
could the freezing and reboots be due to something else, is the diagnostic software unable to detect TiVo file system errors, or is it some other HD error?
More than likely hard drive error. I've had one Maxtor and two Western Digital's go belly up on me From now on, only Seagate for me - at least with a 5 year warranty I'll get a replacement drive.
Spinrite is the best program out there. Boots into DOS, has full control over the hardware and will really examine the heck out of the drive. I have revived my drives a couple of times, but once they start erroring out, your screwed. Might as well get another drive and use MFS tools to get off any programs you still care about.
God I hate rotating disk - can't wait for solid state to catch up and replace
Thanks for the tips, I will try those tonight hopefully. The log file tip sounds useful, is it complicated?
I already backed up all the shows I wanted to keep using TivoToGo (rocks! ), so I don't care about loss of data right now. I might just go out and buy a new HD (saw that Best Buy has a 300GB western digital for $82 incl tax, after mail-in rebates...) and put that in the TiVo, and use the old HDs in the PC if they still work.
Would be nice if the 160GB drive worked though, 460GB in the TiVo wouldn't be too shabby.
The log file tip sounds useful, is it complicated?
Assuming the TiVo 'A' drive is Primary/Master /dev/hda adjust "hda" accordingly
after booting the CD press the enter key to get to the command line the procedure will go something like this. (not sure about the correct names of the log files)
mount /dev/hda9 /mnt/TiVo
cat /mnt/TiVo/log/tivo.error or cat /mnt/TiVo/error.log
'cat' displays the entire file a lot will scroll off the screen use Shift+PageUp to scroll up the display.
"cat /proc/partitions" displays the drives and partitions that Linux knows about.
"cat /proc/devices" displays devices that Linux knows about
'ls' is a command that list the contents of a directory "ls /mnt/TiVo" "ls /mnt/TiVo/log"