The Amazon one looks like it would work nice but if someone knows of a better drive / deal I am open to suggestions.
You all do realize that if you clone a 500GB image to a 1000GB drive, you still only have a 500GB drive, right?
You might want to post the Linux instructions in your guide as well for those who have access to a Linux machine or Linux "live" disks. The dd utility is identical to the process used by G4L, and requires no extra installations.
I had the same idea about cloning the failing drive, and was happy to see your solution. However when I followed every thing you did, my drive had too many errors to complete cloning using G4L program. At the screen where you select RAW the are two other options, I went to the 3rd option, I forgot what it was called, tools or something like that. After I selected it the next screen came up with several Options, one which is called I- ddrescue, then selected source and target drives, then initiated the rescue process. I used the same drive as you did, only I did partition and format ext3 the drive first. (I did that for any external drives that I add externally to my DVR and had no problem getting them to work, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to do the same for the replacement drive.) It took about 24 hours to copy the 500gb drive to the new drive. There was no ending to running this process, so after I saw more than 500 gb processed, and the program was copying the trim on the disk I terminated the process. Then I put the new drive in my 3 tuner Moxi box. Held my breath, reconnected everything, power on and to my relief it came back to life. All my recorded programs were there, all my channels where there was nothing to do but erase some of the recorded programs that had errors form the old drive. Thanks for steering me in the right direct. By the way I used AOMEI PARTITION ASSISTANT TO partition AND format the drive. Gparted will also do the same job. I hope other will see this an give it a try.
Not totally correct. If you also add and external 1 TB drive you will find that you will have the full 2 TB. Moxi when formats the external drive it will also include the 500 GB unused portion of the internal drive. Cloning does save not having to repair the cable card, and saves all your recorded TV series. Billc
Yes you can use g4L, but its not the cloning function that I used to perform the cloning. It was a copy from a defective drive function or something like that, maybe I mention the function in an earlier post of mine. I have a terrible time with my short term memory (77years old). Anyway be prepared to have it run for 24 hours if you are cloning the 500GB drive. I had the same problem your having but I would not wait any longer because once the drive fails you have to start from scratch. I did the transfer to a 1 TB drive that I had formatted to extend 4 (3 or 4) also formatted the external drive before attaching to my Moxi. After you put you new Cloned drive back in the system every thing should work you will also have copied some of the defective data, but all you programs will be there, and when that data is replaced with new data all will be good. When you go to add the external drive I believe you will lose the data on you external drives when they get formatted, but you will recover the 500GB on the internal drive, but only as long as the external drive is attached. I hope this helps, Billcor62
I assure it does work. All one has to do is view the storage space before and after attaching the external drive. Its a simple fix. I'm sure your raid configuration is a more robust solution if you want to go through all that effort. I already cloned a second drive and have put it aside for when the new drive fails in the future. I like keeping thing simple at my age.