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It is possible for the hard drive to fragment and in that case doing an entire hard drive erase and format should clear up that issue, but if it does not try looking at a possible buffer issue and the need for a software upgrade, I have seen this happen in some cases. DVR should go through an erase and reformat at least once every two months since you really should be storing your movies on a separate hard drive and using the internal hard drive for just temporary storage for viewing.
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I've never, ever heard of this problem - having been a happy TiVo user for over 15 years. The very first thing I would do is call Comcast and tell them what is occurring. How long had everything worked OK before this happened? If things were OK for a long time before this, and if your TV carrier was, likewise, Comcast for a long time; and if you haven't gotten a new TV or cable box for a long time, then the problem must rest with Comcast. It must!
In our home, with the number of movies, shows/sporting events/etc. which we record, that would be totally unacceptable!
Try this: Unplug everything (with everything turned off). Make sure your TiVo remote is good (fully charged batteries and the code is right for your TV/cable box), Wait for 10 minutes and plug everything back in, starting with TiVo, then the TV, then any other accessories.
Plug back in and do a complete restart from scratch - like you did when you first set up TiVo.
Make SURE that your receiving channel (3 or 4) is the same on both. It could be that someone accidentally has changed it - are there kids in the house?
If none of this works, get Comcast in there. That's all I can tell you. . .
when files are written to the hard drive they start from the center outwards...as the platter fills up, the read/write heads find the next empty spot. when a file is deleted (document, photo, mp3, or even a temp file used by the system) the r/w head starts writing a new file in the FIRST empty spot it finds....rather than one continuous stream of data.
Theoretically, copying files from a fragmented drive to a freshly formated drive would move them in an orderly fashion without fragmenting.
On the other hand, if you were to use a clone utility (like norton ghost or acronis) then you would copy everything of the original drive bit by bit in its original position, fragments and all.
interesting question to be sure....I will have to experiment with this.
The G-Raid drives use RAID-0 which splits data across both internal drives, so unfortunately the remaining drive will not be able to be used to recover any files as it will only have fragments of each file on it - the other fragments having been lost on the faulty drive. Also, you will need to contact G-Tehcnology to get a replacement drive - the drives used (from memory I think they are Hitachi) have special firmware on them and other drives will not be compatible and you'll start getting strange errors. G-RAID drives are designed for high-throughput work like video editing, not for redundancy - they should be treated as a single drive where if the data is important you have a copy of it on another drive. Keeping data on only one drive is not a back-up, it's a problem waiting to happen. Sorry I couldn't give you any good news.
Download Speed Fan and check your hard-drive's SMART readout. If it looks bad, back up your files and be prepared for the worst. If however the readings look fine, try defragmenting your system with the assistance of the free trial of O&O Defrag. Running the Complete/ACCESS defrag method will ensure that your files can be read as quickly as possible by the hard-drive without all the fragmentation.
NOTE: You may have to defragment more than once before this issue is cleared up. Severely fragmented hard-drives are never fixed with the first defragmentation.
Let me know if I can help you further, I certainly do hope things turn out good for you.
The problem is probably due to lack of available space on your Hard Drive.
Try deleting some programs you have saved as "Keep Until I Delete" and you should then be able to completely record the new programs.
Also, in case you didn't know, Tivo will NOT let you fill up the entire Hard Drive with programs you want to record, but rather, it keeps approx. 30 minutes of Hard Drive space for each tuner as a buffer so that in the case of a show you are watching live, you can go back and replay part of a show you have just seen.
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. www.weaknees.com is a reliable source for TIVO replacement drives and are resonable.
Hope this helps.