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There are several ways to do this:
1. If the FiOS DVR has an active Firewire (aka IEEE 1394) port, you can use a PC/Mac (or a D-VHS deck) to record the video. Be aware that some channels may have "Copy Never" on the shows, so you won't be able to off-load them from the DVR.
2. Use a SD-DVD recorder to record the composite/s-video output of the DVR. Your archived copy will be in SD, not HD.
3. Use the upcoming Hauppauge HD-PVR (along with a PC) to record the component output of the DVR. Your archived copy will be in HD, but it is one generation off of the original ... but you may not notice the quality loss.
All three of these techniques will require you to start/stop the DVR while activating the record function of the archiving device. And yes, it is antiquated.
If you're not married to the FiOS DVR, you could always buy a Tivo HD (or series 3) and lease 2 CableCards (or one M-Card) from Verizon. Tivo will allow you to transfer recordings to a Mac/PC and you can archive them there. No need to start/stop, etc.
Or you could buy an external HDD and plug it into the Tivo for more storage.