I am using Charter here in Hickory and wanted to thank you for all your help and info on here. It is much appreciated.
Just purchased the Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB2 external harddrive to upgrade my Moxi. (Motorola BMC9012?-I think thats the number-it's an old one)
Gotta say the FreeAgent Harddrives are very easy to use, quiet, cool, and now I can record all those NFL games in Hi-Def and watch them at my leisure. What could be better. Before with the Moxi's 11 hours of recording time for HD content, whenever I wanted to see/record 2 or 3 games in HD, my moxi would start erasing saved stuff. Was in the doghouse with my wife every football weekend. Don't even know how many hours I can record now as I haven't come close to running out of room, but would guess its around 50-60 hours just in HD and a huge number of hours in SD. (Is the harddrive in the Moxi 80GB?) Well anyway it was painless and I still love my old Moxi. The Moxi uses both harddrives and so far it has been seamless (don't know if it switches back and forth between them or not). Yes SD can look like craps sometimes, but I mostly watch HD content and it looks great on my 37" LCD HDTV connected to the HDMI port on the TV. With the software/firmware? upgrade recently, the menus and everything respond so much faster. Hope I dont have to get the new 6400 series any time soon.
I got instructions on how to use the regular FreeAgent (non-pro) drive from this post at the moxi forums but will explain it as how I did it:http://forums.moxi.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=282
This drive can be found all over the place from $119.99 to 159.99(look for the sale-Don't forget about price matching at OfficeDepot -OfficeMax -CircuitCity -BestBuy)
If I had purchased the FreeAgent Pro it would have been a little more expensive but the setup would have been simpler as it already comes with the software utilities to turn of the harddrives sleep feature. The sleep feature MUST be disabled on this drive as the Moxi does not know how to wake the drive and it will miss scheduled recordings!!
If you can follow instructions, the Non-pro model of Seagate FreeAgent will work just great.
1)Connect the drive to an available USB2 port on your computer. I am running WindowsXP Pro and it found the drive immediately. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FORMAT THE DRIVE! The Moxi will handle this for you as soon as the drive is connected to the Moxi.
2)Download unzip and install this file if you buy the regular FreeAgent(non-pro):
which can be found here:www.seagate.com/support/freeagent/desktop-recovery-efigs.zip
or by copying and pasting this link into your browser which immediately starts the download:www.seagate.com/support/freeagent/desktop-recovery-efigs.zip
Make sure you know where the file is saved(desktop is a good place thats easy to find).
UNZIP the file and run the:Setup-desktop-recovery 1.0.32 EFIGS.exe
by double-clicking on the above .exe file and installing it. The default locations for the install are fine.
2)If you purchased the Pro version it is my understanding that the utilities on already on the harddrive ready to be installed. Automatic maybe? If not should be painless to install.
3) Run the FreeAgent Tools in the Seagate Folder that is now in your Start menu. Go to Utilities selection (one of the selections down the left side of the menu) and turn off the sleep timer.
4) Now safely disconnect the drive from your computer and connect the drive to your Moxi using one of the rear USB ports on the Moxi, and it will handle the formatting. Just takes a few minutes and Voila.
I don't know if we have a post here for which external drives work with the Moxi and if we do this post can be moved or whatever. I would imagine any of the Seagate FreeAgent drives would work great. Hope this information is helpful to someone.