Follow up to the previous post, just up there ^^^ .
I reformatted the 2TB Green and I'm using that as the primary drive now. However, I am also still using the old drive too until I've cleared off the backlog. Simply put, I converted them both to "external" drives! Since the Moxi is using basic PC components it was just a case of replacing cables.
- I unscrewed the eSATA connector on the Moxi and removed that cable.
- Disconnected and removed the internal SATA cable and power.
- Bought a Monoprice SATA to eSATA cable. Connected that to the internal drive SATA port and fed it through the eSATA slot in the back panel.
- Bought this eSATA dock from Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FDLDCD8 - and connected the eSATA cable.
- Plug in the drives on demand.
It works, but I would not recommend this as a long term solution. Handy for a transition solution between drives with a few major caveats.
The docking station is fairly generic and you can find the exact same model under different brand names. The onboard controller does not seem that great and when watching recordings or buffer playback it will occasionally lock up for about ten seconds. Seems to record okay though. You don't actually need a docking station. Any hard drive enclosures with eSATA should work. I just didn't have one lying around and wanted to swap the hard drives easily.
The Monoprice cables are always thick, so I had to file down the opening slightly where the eSATA port is.
Since I installed a new hard drive the CC had to be paired again. That wasn't helped by my card failing, but it was 8 years old so I was kind of glad to get a replacement from this year.
If you are swapping drives you will need to reboot and power on the dock at the moment of reboot. I've also been disconnecting the network cable and card when using the old drive for playback so that recording information is not sent to the Moxi server. The cableCARD is not going to work with the old drive now so I take it out just to avoid frying it somehow. So no live TV when viewing recordings from the old drive. You may get some unencrypted QAM coming through but TWC have killed all those channels here over the past couple of days, so no TV for me.
I'm not going to keep using this setup for much longer. A few more weeks maybe until I've caught up or recorded what was on the old drive. After that it's just a case of plugging the old cables back into the Moxi, screwing the eSATA port in place and fitting the current drive in the bay.