Originally Posted by John R Youngman
You're right, I intended to ask the question to SciTech--but thanks for responding with your information. I like the idea of buying a second drive and cloning it a few times a year--not so much to save recorded shows but more to have it properly synched to the cable card (FIOS in my system) in case the main drive fails--which seems to be a matter of time with these systems. A couple of questions--do you always put the "old" drive back in after cloning or do you alternate between the two, making sure that the cloned drive actually works and giving each some usage in between cloning? And, have you--or anyone else--figured out how many hours your 2tb drive will handle?
Final thought--after reading through the nine pages in this thread and noticing which drives work and which ones don't, it seems like the drives made for A/V are the way to go--regardless of brand--and that the Moxi OS recognizes up to 2tb but probably can't use the last tb in a 3tb setup.
Yeah, with Moxi constantly recording to the drive, it seems the life of a drive could be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (if you're really lucky). I'm hoping these drives designed for video will last much longer than a typical computer hard drive. Fingers crossed.
Anyway, for myself, the reason that I'm getting into a frequent cloning process is due to several reasons, but I'm sure that others could add to it.
First, you never know when a hard drive will suddenly fail. Sure, you might get a few warning signs, but sometimes you just don't. Having a backup (cloned drive) ready, pretty much means that your Moxi should be back and running in less than an hour. Trying to clone a really old Moxi drive can be hit or miss as far as being successful. A year ago, I tried to clone a drive that seemed to be failing, and G4L just couldn't do it, so I was stuck with having to install a new drive and reinstalling the Moxi OS using the FFP.
Second, it can take almost a year to rebuild the recording list of your favorite network and cable shows you record on a weekly basis. With TV seasons starting in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, it can take almost a year to rebuild your list. With cloning, you can preserve a majority of your recording list, and with your cloned drive as backup, all you need to do is possibly update a couple of shows. My recording show list is time consuming, so I value it immensely.
Third, the cloned drive preserves the CableCARD (Multi-Card) information. This greatly reduces the need to call up your cable company to see if they can reactivate the card again over the phone. If they are unable to do so, then means the cable company will have to schedule a truck roll-out, and that could mean no recordings of your favorite shows (a few days to a week). Unless you can use an "On-Demand" service (like Comcast offers), or you have Hulu Plus, you could be out of luck seeing this week's show.
I think that I suggested doing a cloning every 3 to 6 months, but it's really up to you. Some people might have the time to do it every 2 months, but some may do it every 12 months. Personally, I like the 3 to 6 month schedule of cloning. However, I don't know what to say if your original drive reaches a year and half, or more of continuous use, with the clone always in a safe place. Trying to perform a clone from your old drive could start to get risky in that the old drive could cause the cloning process to fail because of drive errors. Then you could have your old drive failing, and the information on cloned drive unusable. When I say unusable, I don't mean the drive is ruined, only the Moxi data could be, and this would mean that you would need to perform a FFP on the cloned drive to reinstall the Moxi software again.
The only two things that I can think of if your original drive within the Moxi is over a year or more, is to either stop any further cloning to that drive, or purchase a third drive to make a second cloned copy using the first cloned drive. The second cloned drive just ensures that if you continue to try and clone the original drive onto the first drive, that there isn't a loss of data. If there is, then all you would need to do is use the second cloned to re-clone the first cloned drive.... Whew! I hope that last part made sense. LMAO!! Anyway, those are the only things that I can think of to do after a year or more of using the original Moxi drive.
To answer your other question, you can test out the clone drive to ensure it is working properly after a cloning, and it's entirely up to you if you just want to keep the cloned drive in the Moxi, but I always reinstall the old drive. Some may feel that swapping back and forth after a cloning could mean that both drives will be wearing out at roughly the same time. I know this doesn't necessarily mean that both will fail at the same. However, I could see arguments to where some might say keep the clone in a safe place, and some may say swapping would be fine for many reasons. I really feel that it's up to what you might think is comfortable and right for you. Edited by jbarrington - 1/20/13 at 12:49pm