Western Digital Red 2TB drive installed successfully in my Moxi 3T.
10 days ago my Moxi (w/OEM drive) was showing symptoms of an impending drive failure. Recorded shows would randomly stutter and usually caught up ok after several seconds. Eventually it got to where it would simply 'freeze' during playback and require a reboot to get going again. Each reboot resulted in a lengthy (10 to 90 minute) "Checking hard drive" message. Probably around the 10th time I had to do such a reboot (over several days) the Moxi failed to boot. It got stuck at the "Moxi" display and all 3 of the recording indicator lamps would flash. Attempts to reboot/power cycle always stuck at this same point. It was time to replace the drive.
As it happened, I had just built a Windows Home server using four Western Digital 2TB drives to use as RAID storage. I could not find confirmation that the WD Red 2TB drive was suitable for the Moxi, but hey, it was handy and I was anxious to resurrect the Moxi. Removed 1 of these drives from the RAID and swapped this WD Red 2TB drive into the Moxi and began attempts at the 4FP initialization process. I tried using a large washer as someone had suggested to simultaneously hold down all 4 buttons. This didn't work after a dozen or so tries, so I tried using my fingers to depress the 4 buttons. Worked on the second try! Perhaps that washer wasn't 100% flat.??
Took perhaps an hour (more or less - I was eating lunch) for the Moxi to initialize the drive. Since then, it has performed flawlessly. I setup to record 3 shows simultaneously for a few hours and used the Moxi to watch some of the first shows while they were being recorded and after they had finished recording. Moxi works flawlessly with this new drive.
This is encouraging as these WD Red drives are meant to be run 24/7 - exactly the environment the Moxi requires. And they are quiet and cool running drives using a proprietary logic scheme to vary the drive speed as required.
Just thought I'd post the success story in case it helps anyone else. I now wonder if the Moxi would be able to use the full capacity of a WD Red 3TB drive? If anyone finds out I'd love to hear about your experience.
Since I had upgraded the internal 500GB storage to 2TB, I discontinued using the eSATA external 1TB drive. With 2TB internal - that more than meets my needs for program storage. I do wish there was a way to archive these recordings to my NAS storage just to keep a library of a few shows worth keeping. Alas, Moxi seems to be built to block that capability. Or has some clever soul out there figured a way?