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Sony SVR3000 Deleting everything a restarting the tivo box

I have not been using my tivo for a couple of months so i pushed the option that says delete everything and start over and the machine restarted and now it is stuck on a screen that says: Clearing and deleting everything this can take upto an hour. Well its been 8 hrs now and I cant do anything but to unplug it and when it starts agin it goes back to the same screen and gets stuck there again. The orange light that says connecting is blinking but nothing happens. Any suggestions? I appreciate your feedbacks.

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Re: Sony SVR3000 Deleting everything a restarting the...

Assuming this is a real TIVO and not an NDS DVR which are sometimes called "TIVO's". The delete everything and start over in effect reinitializes (or formats) the Hard Disk Drive. Since many problems can be attributed to software, this is making the assumption it IS a software issue. If the system kernel and/or associated utilities or the MFS file system are in some manner corrupted, they would give you this hang indication. The Drive would have to be reformatted and the kenel would have to be reinstalled. This is a tedious process that must be performed on a computer running the Linux OS since the TIVO OS is Linux based. There are several internet resources that have free software to download to perform this process. If you have no other TIVO drive to swap out to check that this is the issue, you could buy a new preformatted and loaded drive for your system. is a reliable source for TIVO replacement drives and are resonable. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007

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