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ToppyDiskMedic (TDM) : Repair of corrupted disks

Post by Geoff Bacon »

This is to remind members, who have been unlucky to suffer a corrupted disk , that I offer a service to recover the data.

ToppyDiskMedic (TDM) is a windows program that can process a disk taken from a Topfield recorder (a bit like the TopfHDRW program).

TDM is not available for download ? you need to send your disk to me.

Geoff



Features:

Protects the disk while analysis is performed.

Provides an extensive log about what it finds on the disk and the operations that have been performed by the user (primarily to aid manual analysis of what needs fixing)

Scavenge the disk to identify what each cluster contains (recordings, directories, fsSave data files, taps, mp3s, known tfd files, logos files, MyStuff data files, Font files, Firmware.dat). Scavenging is performed at the cluster level rather than through the visible file system.

Scavenging is optimized to minimize the amount of data read from the disk; this means that it is significantly faster than TopfHDRW.

The Scavenge process generates a summary file of the recordings found and shows whether or not the files are of their expected duration.

Files and Directories identified by the Scavenge process can be recovered (as can those that have been deleted by TDM).

Can recover lost recordings and MyStuff data files. Can also recover other files mentioned in orphan directories.

Can process fsSave snapshots to recover the file system structures (this allows all files to be easily located and restored).

Maintains a context of the disk between runs e.g. files deleted/found in one run can be recovered in a subsequent run. An interrupted scavenge can also be resumed on a subsequent run.

Allows typical file operations that one would expect: Copy files to/from the corrupted disk, Delete/Rename and Move files to a different directory. [edit]Changes to files structures are made solely in memory until the decision is made to commit them. Files cannot be accidentally copied to the disk (it requires positive action to permit writes) [/edit]

Allows file transfers between two directly connected toppy disks.

Reformat the disk

Copy single disk clusters to the PC

Play a recording (to aid identification of content)

Identify Cross Linked files i.e. files that share the same disk areas.

Refresh a disk cluster i.e. read and then rewrite a failing cluster (this can improve performance as it eliminates the need for the disk controller to perform multiple reads of a failing sector - either because the refresh means that the sector becomes readable or because the controller remaps it to a spare sector).

File structure clusters e.g. directories are saved before being overwritten ? this allows a file system to be rolled back to a known state (used primarily to backout changes)

File operations are performed in execution threads rather than in the main thread (this prevents the user interface hanging while operations are performed). This allows further analysis and/or other files operations to be queued for execution.

+ other things

As of 8th July 2016, I have used TDM to process 21 disks (although one had a hardware problem and was DOA).
TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

At the time of this post, I have processed the following types of disk (shown below)

Geoff

Western Digital
  • WDC WD10 (EARS-00Y5B1): 1 TB
    WDC WD20: 2 TB
    WDC WD25 (00AVJB-63UDA0): 250 GB
    WDC WD32 (00AVJB-63J5A0): 300 GB
    WDC WD35 (00AVJB-63UDA0): 250 GB
SAMSUNG
  • SP2514N: 250 GB
    SV1604E: 160 GB
    HD103SJ: 1 TB
    HD154UI: 1.5 TB
Seagate
  • ST1000LM024: 1 TB (2.5")
    ST316002: 160 GB
    ST316001: 160 GB
    ST325082: 250 GB
    Maxtor 5 (A320J0): 320 GB
TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

Just finished recovering a Seagate ST1000LM024 1 TB disk (2.5" form factor)

This is not a recognized working disk for the toppy but was in use for about 12 months. The disk was originally formatted on a pc (using something other than TopfHDRW) because the toppy wouldn't do it.

The disk had been corrupted more than once but I still managed to recover 570 recordings and the MyStuff data files. Everything else in ProgramFiles was lost or deemed re-loadable (when a recording goes awry, corruption typically occurs because the start of the disk is overwritten - and this is where ProgramFiles usually resides).

After repairing the disk, I installed it in my test toppy (many thanks to andyfras for sourcing me an adapter at short notice) and re-installed MyStuff, fsSave (to simplify any future recovery) and QuickJump.
Recordings played ok but with an occasional glitch on the screen (possibly due to the disk not really being suitable for a toppy?)

Geoff
TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Post by cawright1 »

Hi Geoff, are you at a stage where you can release this program to public Domain? Would love to have a play with it.
TF5800t, F/W: 5.13.65T 14/4/2009 +AbCpCwDeFmOtReSlTdTeWfXl
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; FreeSpaceBar1.1n; Font Manager 1.0d; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; PruneEPG 1.0; MHEG On/Off A3; MyInfo B5.6; QuickJump 1.72; (Start Channel LCN);
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

@cawright1

Thanks for your interest.

I've still no intention of releasing it into the public domain. One of my reasons for not releasing is that it gives me an opportunity to see different types of disk corruption. Having said that, I don't receive many disks - although I did repair one recently ( a "repeat customer" - not the same disk!)

Cheers
Geoff
TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Devaprem
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TF5810 HDD failure

Post by Devaprem »

Hi Geoff. I have a TF5810 which just froze. On mains power cycle, it rebooted and showed the HDD as not present. I've replaced the HDD and reinstalled myStuff and the machine appears to be working OK. However, I am left with a disc with my recordings on that I'm unable to retrieve. I've tried TopfHDDoctor but the disc isn't recognised and I then tried TopfHDRW but (unsurprisingly) this cannot see the disc either. Bearing this in mind, might your service be able to recover the recordings and, if so, what do you charge? The disc is a Samsung HA250JC.
TF5800, TS On, , F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 modified this -Sy+Wf
TAPs: EPG2MEI v0.96; MyStuff 6.6; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; MHEG On/Off A3; MyInfo B5.6;
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PM has been sent

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TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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TF 5800 disk failure

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The Samsung 2TB drive, model HD103SI, in my TF5800 has failed, the Toppy just restarts when I switch it on. I have tried another drive in the Toppy and it works fine. The drive perform exactly the same in a second Toppy. Are you able to recover the files and reformat the drive? if so what is the cost

I am unable to mount the drive on either Mac of Windows computer? If so what is the cost?

David Steward
Three TF5800s 250GB 500GB and 1TB. An Icecrypt T2400, Panasonic DMR EX75 & LG OLED 55" with 2TB. TF5800s with MyStuff 6 and firmware 5.13.65T Tx Pontop Pike
24" iMac running OS X 10.11 & 15" retina MacBook on !0.12 and iPads.
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

pm sent

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TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Post by ALF76 »

Hi

Just a quick post to thank Geoff for his help in recovering my Toppy disk after a crash which lost all my recordings.

Tried recovering with TopfHDRW but that did not work then remembered reading about Geoff's ToppyDiskMedic program and thought I'd give that a go, nothing to lose.

Posted disk to Geoff on Saturday and got it back Wednesday fully recovered with all recordings and more. Also a persistent Mystuff startup error was gone.

Geoff also kept in touch during the process and kept me informed what was happening.

If you have any problems with your disk don't hesitate to send it to Geoff. Extremely quick turnaround and very reasonable price, cannot recommend enough.

Thanks Geoff.

Ian
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

Gald to have been of help

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TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Post by Bucksfez »

Another advocate for Geoff's services here.

After 12 years of trouble free operation it suffered severe disk corruption and PSU failure (sorted by AndyFras).

Geoff managed to recover all but 1 recording on our 160GB HDD using his software. Returned with all recordings and file structure intact, MyStuff working perfectly etc.

A corrupted HDD needn't be the end of your Toppy, ship it to Geoff for reviving.
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Post by Geoff Bacon »

Many thanks for the endorsement

Geoff
TopManager program
TF5800, TS On, F/W: MS6 Recommended F/W 12/9/2009 -Sy+EvEzPePfUUuZ
TAPs: PcControl B1.4; StopExit v1.01; MHEG On/Off A3; QuickJump 1.72; EIT Sub (Game) v0.6; SecCache (UK) v0.4; EPG2MEI v0.96; Font Manager 1.0d; Extend v1.7; WSSkiller V2.12d; MyInfo B5.6; fsSave 1.1; PruneEPG 1.0; MyStuff 6.6-1;
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Rescue for my 5810 Disk

Post by PeterJHB »

I can vouch for Geoff's fine efforts too as well as for his software utility.

I suffered a sudden and unwanted Toppy reboot recently, which corrupted the disk's file structure and prompted a re-format request from the Operating System.

Luckily I decided not to go that route and, after researching the forums here, arranged to send it on to Geoff for his attention.

That has resulted in a large proportion of the nearly 500Gb drive content being raised from the dead through his 'Lazarus' software! I can now go through all that and have the pleasure of viewing all those recordings, much as I originally intended. That allows me to catch up with most of those series that I had saved for a rainy day.

There were some casualties, but even with those, Geoff has managed to preserve some fragments to permit, at least, partial viewing.

Here's one very grateful customer. Don't overwrite your failed disk, toss your drives away, or reformat them without first consulting him. You may be pleasantly surprised by what he can save for you.
Topfield TF5810PVRt
F'Ware: 5.15.09T
MyStuff 6.2 (6.3 for 64bit Win7)
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And another vote for TDM!!

Post by beastmode »

After being told to 'tidy up that mess of wires' our long serving Toppy suffered a corrupt disc, losing years worth of recordings.

After a search came up with Geoff's TDM I thought it was worth sending off as nothing ventured...
Within a few days, at a reasonable outlay, the 500G disc returned with virtually all recordings restored and tweaked to enhance the Toppy.

The Topfield is now back as the favoured PVR due to the simplicity of the remote and it not taking an age between pressing a button and something happening.

the fact people like Geoff still provide support for this box shows how far it could have gone and the love there still is.

A very happy customer of the the 'Medic' I recommend you keep the Toppy going and support the people, like Geoff, who support it
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