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    How to copy recordings to PC

    Modded my friend's Tivo (series 3). All working fine, thanks to Darren and others and the support on this forum. But I suspect the HDD is acting up (occasional sticks on "Welcome" screen). I have a spare I can put in but he wants his recordings copied off if possible.

    Tried TiVo Desktop and PyTivo on Win 10 PC, but we don't have a MAk. Can see the Tivo in TiVo Desktop but when "Pick recordings to transfer" gets an error "when try to retrieve data" (both transfer protocols).

    Installed Mfs_Ftp ( - much searching to find it): error "child process exited abnormally while executing"

    Searched for hours but cannot find a solution.

    So not sure what to do. Any help would be appreciated.

    I'm reasonably good on PCs or Unix, so comfortable with either options.


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    Melbourne, Victoria
    I suggest pull out the HDD from the tivo and plug it into a Windows PC and run WinMFS (or maybe dvrBARS) to copy from that HDD to a new HDD.
    There is a little information about it in step 2 and step 4 of

    That will leave you with two HDDs, either of which you can plug back into the TiVo, the other HDD can be a backup.
    I'm assuming you don't actually need to access the recordings on the PC.
    Last edited by DavidKeegel; 23-02-2018 at 04:32 PM. Reason: clarify

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    Thanks David,

    Yes he does. As I say "but he wants his recordings copied off if possible"

    The rest is exactly as you say, thanks. I have used WinMFS a number of times, but unfortunately have not been able to find a way to copy the recordings.


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