SageTV Community  

Go Back   SageTV Community > SageTV Products > SageTV Software


SageTV Software Discussion related to the SageTV application produced by SageTV. Questions, issues, problems, suggestions, etc. relating to the SageTV software application should be posted here. (Check the descriptions of the other forums; all hardware related questions go in the Hardware Support forum, etc. And, post in the customizations forum instead if any customizations are active.)

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-26-2004, 08:32 AM
LSHorwitz LSHorwitz is offline
Sage User
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 67
How to migrate SageTV Server to new PC

I've recently purchased a new and faster PC which I want to dedicate to using as a SageTV server. My current SageTV Server runs on my desktop machine and shares the machine with a lot of other (video production) activities. I want it to be a 24/7 standalone server on a dedicated box. I am already familiar with re-registering the Sage application on the new machine but am specifically looking for help with the Sage database(s) / preferences.

I want to take the hard disk which SageTV has filled with 250 Gigs of TV programs and bring it over to the new PC. Where does Sage store its' database and know which volume contains the recorded programs and keeps track of their status (like "Already Watched", Favorites", etc.).

I assume that if I install SageTV Server on my new PC and just install the 250 GB disk that the new installation of Sage TV Server will NOT know anything about these files, Favorites, etc. and am looking for how to migrate the Sage database from my old machine to my new dedicated box.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2004, 08:55 AM
salsbst's Avatar
salsbst salsbst is offline
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,592
wiz.bin and are the important files. Back them up. Install your new SageTV instance. Overwrite and wiz.bin in your new instance with the files you backed up. Keep a clean copy of both files in case something goes wrong.

Then, take a look at the file in a text editor. Basically, make sure all of the paths it has defined are correct.

Then, launch the new instance and you should be good to go!
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2004, 08:57 AM
Opus4's Avatar
Opus4 Opus4 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: NJ
Posts: 19,614
You'll want to keep wiz.bin (all the recorded show & history data) & perhaps some of, which stores your preferences/settings, including which dirs are to be used for storing recordings. In order for SageTV on the new system to see the current recordings, you should use the same exact "drive:\video dir" settings. You may also need to look at this property:
make_all_mediafiles_local - if set to true, SageTV will update the database so that it thinks all MediaFiles are local to the server, should be used if the name of the PC that is running the SageTV server is changed
Since you have to set it up on the new system, I don't think I would just copy over the properties file, though. I would move the hard drive with all your recordings, renaming its video dir temporarily & creating an empty dir with the old name. Then, I would configure everything in SageTV for the new system, including adding the original video directory (the empty one) to the list if video dirs. Once configured, exit SageTV, replace the new wiz.bin with the old one continaing all your show data, delete the empty video dir & rename the actual dir back to its original name. Once that was done, restart SageTV.

Hopefully, others will add any 'gotchas' that I forgot.

- Andy
SageTV Open Source v9 is available.
- Read the SageTV FAQ. Older PDF User's Guides mostly still apply: SageTV V7.0 & SageTV Studio v7.1.
- Hauppauge remote help: 1) Basics/Extending it 2) Replace it 3) Use it w/o needing focus
- HD Extenders: A) FAQs B) URC MX-700 remote setup
Note: This is a users' forum; see the Rules. For official tech support fill out a Support Request.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2004, 10:34 AM
LSHorwitz LSHorwitz is offline
Sage User
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 67
Thanks to both of you for the very prompt and detailed replies. I will follow the advice and also check out the FAQS (never thought to look there!).

Many thanks again,

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 2003-2005 SageTV, LLC. All rights reserved.