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Dual-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. Stop any recording, and turn off your ReplayTV
  2. Wait until you hear the disk spin down (typically about 10 seconds)
  3. Unplug your ReplayTV
  4. Remove the cover from the ReplayTV unit. There are 7 screws to remove from the rear and bottom of the unit.
  5. Remove the hard drive from the ReplayTV. There are 5 screws holding the top cover down. Be very careful, especially when removing the screws near the power supply.
  6. Set the master/slave jumpers properly on the ReplayTV drive and your new hard drive. Typically you would set the ReplayTV drive to master and the new drive to slave.
  7. Connect both hard drives to your PC. Typically you would connect both to the secondary hard drive connector.
  8. Boot your PC into Windows 2000
  9. Run the RTVPatch W2K GUI program. You should see a screen something like this.
    • 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 priviledges to access the hard drives. If no drives show up, make sure you are logged on with an account which has Administrator privileges.
    • When using drives larger than 137GB you must have a drive controller that supports the large drives (e.g. ATA-100 or ATA-133 controller). If the drive size shows as 137GB, then verify that the disk management utility in Windows 2000 or XP sees the drive correctly first. If that utility sees the correct size, then it should be reported correctly in RTVPatch as well.
  10. Make a backup image of the original ReplayTV drive:
    • Select the ReplayTV drive
    • Click the source drive "Set" button
    • Click the "Backup Source Drive" button
    • Enter a file name for the backup. You should can save this backup file on your PC's drive, but it would be a good idea to write it to CD or tape as well. The backup image is a little over 300MB for an RTV20xx/30xx/ShowStopper, and a little over 500MB for an RTV4xxx or RTV5xxx.
  11. Your new hard drive should be shown as "Unknown", with a yellow question mark icon. If it is shown as "May be a PC disk", then exit from RTVPatch, run the Windows2000 Disk Administrator, and remove any partitions from that drive. After removing the partitions, reboot your computer and run the RTVPatch program to continue.
    Warning: If at any time you get an error message saying a disk appears to be a PC disk, DO NOT CONTINUE!!! The program gives the option of continuing, but doing so is very hazardous, and should never be done. Exit the program and remove any partitions from the new hard drive first, and then start the procedure over.
  12. Click the "Dual-drive system" button to select a 2-drive upgrade
  13. Select the ReplayTV drive
  14. Click the 1st drive "Set" button
  15. Select your new, larger hard drive
  16. Click the 2nd drive "Set" button
  17. Select the desired photo partition size (Note: this setting is only available when patching RTV4xxx or RTV5xxx units)
  18. Click the "Make 2-Drive System" button. You will be asked the following questions.
    • This will attempt to create a 2-drive system where 1STDRIVE is the first drive and 2NDDRIVE is the second drive
      Compare the disk names and sizes shown in the prompt. Answer "Yes" only if 1STDRIVE properly describes your original ReplayTV drive and 2NDDRIVE properly describes your new disk drive.
    • Old version asks: Do you want to reset the partition table?
      Answer "No" to this question. If you suspect the partition table on the 1STDRIVE is corrupted, you can use this option to try to fix the problem. In general, though, the original partition table will be fine.
    • Do you want to reset the MPEG partition?
      Answer "No" to this question so that the MPEG partition directory is left alone. This should work fine since the original files should all still be intact.
    • Do you want to reformat the Photo partition?
      (Note: this option is only available when patching RTV4xxx or RTV5xxx units)
      Answer "Yes" to this question so that the Photo partition is sized and formatted as you selected. It is possible to copy the photo partition from the original drive to the second drive, but it is probably easier just reformat and then copy the photos from your PC to the ReplayTV.
  19. Exit the RTVPatch program
  20. Shut down your computer
  21. Remove the drives from your computer and set the jumper on the original ReplayTV drive to the "Master" position, and the jumper on the new drive to the "Slave" position
  22. Connect both drives to your ReplayTV unit. You will have to find some way to mount the second drive inside the ReplayTV unit. See the pictures of how others have mounted their drives for ideas.
  23. Screw the unit back together.
  24. Test the system out by plugging in the ReplayTV unit. It should power up, show the "Please wait a few moments" screen for about a minute, and then the screen will go blank and the power light will turn off.
  25. Push the power button on the front of the ReplayTV unit to turn the power back on, and verify that the proper available space is shown in the ReplayGuide. If not, put the original drive back in your ReplayTV, and get help from a knowledgable source.