I have a 3455H where the HDD is getting dodgy. I believe it is related to fragmentation since the unit is some years old and the HDD has been near full a number of times - right now it is about 85% full. But here is the problem:
When I record something new, it destroys the ability of a previous recording to jump to the next "fragment." So I've lost a number of cherished TV captures because of this.
So I really need to get everything off that drive and either format it or replace it.
So is there a way to basically clone the drive onto another one. I saw there was recent discussion of this in this thread but it seemed like that discussion was never completed. It sounds like you use Easus and clone even though the drive looks unformated. I'd just like to be sure about this if I'm going to attempt it because the content of this drive is very dear to me.
I have also had problems selecting titles and burning to DVD. Evidently, when jumping to the next fragment, something goes haywire and the DVD hangs at that point with nothing apparently after it. I tried recording each track individually into the remaining space on the DVD (VERY tedious process) and that seemed to work.
I'm thinking that cloning the drive will not run into these problems because, hopefully, clone, simply records the sectors without caring about actual files/titles.
So my questions:
- Can the OE drive be cloned?
- Should I get rid of the OE drive and replace with a new one?
- Which new one?
Thanks in advance,
PS. my firmware is ..._37_R19.10
EDIT: PPS: It just occurred to me that clone my HD won't let me hang if off my PC which is really what I want to do - make it a permanent server. I guess I can clone to preserve it on a fresh drive but then simply keep the 3455 as a "one drive server"