|<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by charlestan:
What can I use a above set-up? I can shelf multiple 80GB to be viewed again at anytime without having to erase some to make more room for new recordings.</font>
The second drive acts as if it is part of (appended to) the second partition of the first drive, so if you removed the second drive you would corrupt the filesystem of your ReplayTV, and it would become unstable. Also, there is no way to control which drive a file gets written to.
If you want to extract a file from a 2-drive system you would have to connect both drives to a PC.
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ps. When I upgraded my 30GB SS to 110GB, I didnot know what OS to format to, so I did not do a disk format for my freah Maxtor 80GB. Will I start to see some trouble later on? So far I am recording way pass the 30GB 1st drive. No apperent trouble.
The recommended formatting is Maxtor's low-level
format option in their diagnostic utility, not to be confused with the high-level filesystem formatting that an OS would do. The low-level format goes through the drive and does a destructive write test of the entire drive, and should map out any bad sectors. You do not want to do a high-level format because this could interfere with the upgrade procedure.
If you don't do this and you have bad sectors on the drive, you could have stability problems later on when the ReplayTV tries to write/read the bad sectors. This wouldn't show up until (1) you have a bad sector, and (2) you reach the point in a recorded program which uses that bad sector.