I'm doing very well. It's been a while since I've needed to post, but I do drop by from time to time to catch up (lurk) on possible new discoveries about the Moxi within a couple of the threads. I hope that you've been well, too.
When the fan started to fail on the Cooldrives RAID, it made me contemplate about several things; should I get a couple of more of these RAID units, maybe just replace the fan, and possibly converting the internal drive to RAID.
When I purchased the Cooldrive unit, I had actually purchased two of them, but the fans appear to be the weakest component. Another weak area appears to be keeping the drives cool, but I can't really blame the RAID boxes themselves. I use faster RPM drives that generate a little more heat. I did take one of the units and drilled large holes into it to allow more air into it and to allow more heat to escape. I figured the enclosures were sort of cheap in price, so I really didn't mind, and they would be out of the way to where I didn't have to worry about anything happening to the drives and such. Anyway, I still like the enclosures, so I looked into getting a couple of more. However, I found they didn't seemed to be made anymore.
I thought about just going ahead and replacing the fans, but I just decided to search for another enclosure and use the Cooldrive enclosures for something different, like storing all my computer files from all of my home computers. After I found a suitable RAID enclosure replacement, I would then look into getting a replacement fan for the Cooldrive.
I found the Startech enclosure after doing search for a two-bay RAID enclosure with eSATA and USB 2.0. I figured that using that type of search term would yield something close to the Cooldrive, and it did. If I am remembering correctly, the Startech sold for close to around $130 new, but these were refurbished units that were selling for about $58. I also saw they were not being made anymore, so I went ahead and picked up 5 of them. Yeah, I know it is a little bit of overkill, but I had my first thoughts about using RAID for no only the external storage, but now using RAID for the internal drive. Since these enclosures weren't being made too, I wanted to pick up several to have on hand for the internal and external.
Moving on, I finally had that "Duh" moment about the same time towards the information on the internal drive. It's that "Duh" moment that I think that you already realized a while back, but for some reason, it never clicked with me. Sure the internal drive may have some programs on it, but what makes the internal drive REALLY valuable (besides the programs) is the OS, the cable-card info, and most importantly for me is--all of the actual show titles that I want to record. If the show titles are lost, then I will need to spend many, many months getting all of those back into the Moxi again.
I had read from several hardware sites and such to where the information seems to be conflicted, regarding whether or not the existing information on a drive would be lost if the hard drive wasn't used inside a RAID, but now you wanted to use the drive in a RAID. Some information would say that you would lose everything on the drive because the RAID hardware would need to format the drive for its standard, other info appeared to show the hard drive files would be ok if the drive had been strictly used as storage and not as a boot drive, and other info said that boot drives MIGHT be ok depending on different conditions. The RAID hardware and/or whether you used Linux as the OS "seemed" to be the biggest factors.
Everything seems to point to that Moxi is a Linux based system, but I still couldn't be sure whether or not I would lose everything from the internal drive once I plugged the drive into the RAID -- that the RAID would wipe out the drive. Since there is a semi holiday lull in any new TV episodes, I wanted to hurry up and get in contact with you to see if you could shed any light to my plight. It seems that you feel that I should be able to pull out my internal drive and slap it into a RAID enclosure (the first time for it) and keep on moving forward without an issue. I realize that you aren't making any guarantees there will be no issues, but it appears that you have done some rough testing and it appears to work fine.
If there was going to be an issue with the internal drive and using it within its first RAID enclosure, this would be a good time to decide whether to test it, or just start fresh with two new hard drives. This way the seasonal lull is happening, and the possibility of needing comcast to come out if I can't convince their supposedly phone "techs" to connect me to an inbound techs.
Also, after someone had posted earlier about using hard drives that were designed for video surveillance, I've been trying to look into those since they are designed for constant video recordings much like the Moxi is. I see that Amazon has three different Seagate SATA models (1tb, 2tb, and 3tb) designed for video that CCTV builders give high marks towards.