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Hi, again:

Just a few concerns before doing drive upgrade (5040, using maxtor 250gb/7200rpm):


1) Do I answer yes or no to "large clusters"


2) Do I need to use maxtor big drive support software (to ensure that the 5040 reads all 250gb)?


3) I am confused about the acoustic mgt. and/or other utilities.

Does the drive come already set to the proper settings or do I need to make changes? What changes(if any) do I make? Do I make these changes after completing the upgrade or before (if I do in fact need to change the settings)?


BOTTOM LINE: I have had both successes and failures with drive upgrades and I SAVE alot of shows, etc. on the unit. I need to do ALL I can to be CERTAIN that the upgrade process goes RIGHT and that I have the LEAST noise and MOST reliability with my upgraded 5040!


Please excuse my paranoia and bear with me! If I missed anything or need to know anything else of importance before doing the upgrade, PLEASE advise me!


THANKS VERY MUCH!! :confused:
 

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3> goto maxtor.com and get amset.exe

put it on a bootable floppy

boot up with only the replay drive installed if you want to take precautions

go to the folder that amset is on on the floppy

the docs that come with it will tell you what to type

I think you type amset.exe /quiet

maybe type amset.exe

by itself and it will show you the possibilities


2> no you don't need anything special if you are on xp with the service pack 1. If you have 98 you can use a ata card and put it on the pci slot..


1> I believe Mikeyboy said not to use large clusters unless it is a showstopper.


MAKE SURE YOU UNPLUG THE THING so YOU DON"T SHOCK YOURSELF


there's some instructions I should look up on ghouls web site for you..


be right back..


cow
 

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Here's the whole instructions, you can get them here:

http://rgb.cc/replaytv/images/replay/50xx/


RTVPatch W2K GUI Replay 4000/4500/5000

Single-drive upgrade procedure. Be VERY careful not to touch any of the exposed power supply components.

· Be sure to observe proper static protection procedures. At minimum you should keep your body connected to the metal chassis of the ReplayTV unit and/or your PC at all times while operating on them. When connecting something up, make sure your body is grounded to the chassis before you make any connections. In other words, connect a ground strap between your body and the computer chassis before you plug in a disk drive. Failure to do this will result in static electricity discharge through the disk drive connector, which will significantly shorten its lifetime.

1. If the new ReplayTV drive is larger than 137 gigs you may need to install a ATA controller card into the PC to access the full disk capacity (If RTVPatch fails to recognize the full disk capacity, download and install the latest card drivers). Otherwise connect the new ReplayTV drive to your PC secondary IDE ribbon (only have the ReplayTV connected to this ribbon). Leave the PC hard drive connected to the primary IDE ribbon.

2. Boot your PC into Windows 2000 or Windows XP

3. Start RTVPatch by clicking on it. http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/r...2.1.3beta.exe.

If any of the drive sizes do not look correct (like an 80GB drive showing up as 33GB), then exit from the RTVPatch program immediately, and do not attempt the upgrade on that computer and consult with a knowledgeable source.

The program requires Administrator privileges to access the hard drives. If no drives show up, make sure you are logged on with an account which has Administrator privileges.

4. Select the new ReplayTV drive

5. Click the target drive "Set" button

o Click the "Restore Target Drive" button. Answer “Yes†to the Overwrite Warning. Point to the unzipped disk image. It will take a minute to copy the image to the drive.

6. Answer “Yes†to reset root directory question.

7. Select the desired photo partition size

8. Click the "Patch Target" button. You will be asked the following questions.

o You are about to patch disk TARGET

Compare the disk name and size shown in the prompt. Answer "Yes" only if this describes your new disk drive.

o Do you want to reset the MPEG partition?

Answer "Yes" to this question so that the MPEG partition directory is cleared. It is possible to copy the shows from the original drive to the new drive, but doing that is not very reliable, and is not recommended.

o Do you want to reformat the Photo partition?

Answer "Yes" to this question so that the Photo partition is sized and formatted as you selected.

9. Exit the RTVPatch program

10. Shut down your computer

11. Remove the new drive from your computer and set the jumper to the "Master" position (Note: some drives, notable Western Digital, have a special "Single" setting for masters without slaves. Check your drive's documentation for details). If the drive fails to boot in the replay set the jumper to Cable Select.

12. Connect the new drive to your ReplayTV unit.

13. Test the system out by plugging in the ReplayTV unit. It should power up, show the "Please wait a few moments" screen for several minutes and then the screen will go blank as the recorder turns itself off.

14. Push the power button on the front of the ReplayTV unit to turn the recorder on.

15. To reset (clear) “Activation required†message, perform 382 “zones†restore factory default.
 

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I have the same "eyes tripping out" condition at this hour!


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP!


Please send me a private message if you have any other suggestions.


HAVE A GOOD NIGHT!
 

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If rtvpatch (use version 2.4) says it recognizes 250GB, you are golden.

Otherwise you may need to do some configuration prior to running

rtvpatch (which might include running the maxtor utility. As mentioned

before, say no to large clusters. amset can be run anytime before or

after rtvpatch.


Make sure you remember to "patch" the drive after writing OS image.


Make sure drive is set to CS (cable select) before connecting to replay.
 

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If you want to be fairly certain the drive will function without problems in the ReplayTV, you should probably run Maxtor's PowerMax utilities on it first. At least run the advanced test.


I've recently encountered OEM Maxtor 250 GB/7200 RPM drives that would not work properly until being low level formatted. Never had that problem with retail drives, though.
 
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