Originally Posted by deeplake21
Would you mind looking back at the command you have used to back-up the 1TB image to zip file (MotoSTB_1TB.bz2) and listing it here.
It must have been a one line linux command, and i am interested in learning it. It would be best if this command was also available in the Parted Magic CD and can be issued from LXTerminal.
Here is the process I used to create the 1TB drive image.
Prepare new drive(s) - Western Digital model WD10EARS.
I started by fully verifying the disk integrity for my new 1TB drive (both of them, one for each of my DVRs),
using latest version of Western Digital DLG (Data LifeGuard) Diagnostic software,
completed operations for both drives were Extended Test and Write Zeros to Drive.
Alternately, Writing all zeros to drive could be done using Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN "Quick Erase" method).
All that blank space is sure to compress very well and ensures maximum compression for capturing the drive image later.
Format drive externally from a cable provider which allows the esata port to be enabled (brother had a DCT3416 on Shaw cable).
Instead of the esata drive enclosure in the step below, I used a sata-to-esata cable and an external power adapter.
More useful info from this thread:http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=21274
Get an enclosure and connect your drive via the external port.
Connect the external drive while the enclosure is turned off.
Turn on your external drive enclosure.
As it spins up, the DVR will detect it and you'll see an on-screen message.
Format the drive as requested on the screen.
You'll get a success message that the drive is formatted and ready for use in about 5 to ten seconds.
Turn off your DVR and Disconnect the external drive and remove your DVR formatted drive from your enclosure.
If you hot-plug the enclosure, you get a message that says remove the external drive.
It seems to work best if you just have your DVR on, plug in everything to connect the drive, then turn on the external drive and let it spin-up while pre-connected.
You should get the correct format screen this way.
Unplug your dvr and disconnect everything.
Get the security bit tool mentioned many times already and open the box, breaking the security tab in the process (unavoidable.)
Remove the old drive with a Phillips screwdriver - that's the only tool you need.
Install your larger drive in the unit reversing the process used when removing the old.
Put everything back together, close the box, connect the cable feed, plug it in. Do nothing. In about 5 minutes or less, the red recording light will come on. You may hear the drive whirring loudly for a few minutes - that's normal.
Turn it on and it will work. It will take a long time to load in the guide data and all your scheduled and series recordings will be gone of course.
Check your drive swap by going to the diag screen #13., i.e. power off and immediately hit the select button to bring up the diag screen. Use the arrow down button to scroll down to 13 and select. From there, you'll see a screen with your dvr capacity. Down arrow some more to scroll through the screens that report various data about your dvr. Power off to get out of the diag screen.
Create image using G4U:http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/#imgcreate
As I recall, I set up an FTP server on another workstation to receive the drive image.
Install the formatted drive by itself in a computer.
Have the computer boot G4U from either USB or optical drive (I used Ultimate Boot CD or UBCD).
The command I would have used would have been something like the following (whole harddisk):
firstname.lastname@example.org MotoSTB_1TB.gz sd0
I emailed the resulting file to TNO821, who successfully deployed the image to another drive and documented the process.
My cable provider will activate DVRs that are the same type as they use with their system (DCT6416III).
Because I own my DVRs (thanks ebay!) I did not replace the security tab, and replaced the silly security screws with normal screws from a computer case.