Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial. He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services. You can also follow him on Twitter @az990tony.
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Your home system is very usable for TiVo drive recovery. A Live CD of Knoppix 4.0.2 with the dd_rhelp script to use dd_rescue was able to salvage all but one block, which the TiVo happily scrubbed as a bad show.<div>&nbsp;</div> See my post here...<div>&nbsp;</div> The download mentioned in the post is available at

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Tony, Chris,<div>&nbsp;</div> Indeed, this is a pain. My Sky+ box obviously has started getting some hard errors. I wouldn't mind if there was some way of doing a media scan and marking bad blocks - these after-all are the cheapest of the cheap PATA drives inside.<div>&nbsp;</div> The most annoying thing about the bad blocks is that it renders the entire recorded program which covers the bad block(s) as unviewable - presumably due to said encryption. So now I have several programs with the (K) keep option set, purely so they cover the areas with bad blocks!<div>&nbsp;</div> Must dig out that instruction I downloaded for making my 80GB box into a 160GB box by replacing the drive - if of course I can still source such a small PATA drive that is!<div>&nbsp;</div>

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I feel your pain.<div>&nbsp;</div> Having owned now 5 TiVo boxes (all with drive upgrades), and having experienced the joys of a drive failure on most of them, my own solution is now to backup important shows onto my laptop using TiVoToGo. With the latest TiVo Desktop you can even have this happen automatically as new shows are recorded. When I want to watch them, I can copy them back to the TiVo, or I can just watch them on my lappy (great for those 16 hours trips to Signapore, Tony). And you can even copy them to a DVD if you'd like more permanent backup.<div>&nbsp;</div> The only exception has been my TiVo Series 3 (HD), since TTG isn't yet supported. But TiVo has announced this will be available in the November(ish) timeframe, so soon I'll start backup that up as well.<div>&nbsp;</div> Looks like I could be pushing 10+TB in my home soon, though! (see

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