So, does it work after all? I appreciate you wrote:
but I guess that was just the cloning part, whereas I'm interested to find out if the cloned disk worked inside the PVR.
If it worked I can see a method by which somebody that has an eSATA-enabled Motorola DVR can help anybody else to format his/her bigger disc(s):
1. get a new (empty) bigger SATA disc (e.g. 320GB, 500GB, 640GB or 1TB)
2. connect it to a computer and fill it with zeroes (e.g. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sd#)
3. connect it to the eSATA port on the Motorola DVR and let the device initialize it
4. test 1-2 minutes to see if the new disk is recognized, but do NOT record anything on it!
5. disconnect the disk from the DVR and connect it to the computer again
6. create a compressed image of the disk (e.g. dd if=/dev/sd# | gzip -c >dd_image.gz)
7. share the resulted image with the community (e.g. via torr ents)
Because of the steps 2 and 4 above and thanks to the compression I estimate that the image will be reasonably small to easily transfer via torr ents. Try to keep step 4 as short as possible because all the buffered data will show up in the image file, making it very large (Total buffer space taken by both tuners is 19280MB).
If several people do this with the most usual disk capacities (i.e. 320GB, 500GB, 640GB, 1TB) we may very well end up with "templates" suitable for everybody!
So... anybody up for this? I'd do it myself, but I don't have the spare disk yet (I'm not currently in the US and here disks are twice the price - that is *when* you can find them... I'd rather go and buy one after we find out if this actually works). On top of this - how do I find if the eSATA port on my DCT3412 unit is enabled? I checked d11 (interface/port status) in the diagnostics menu but eSATA is not listed at all.
LE: after all I may not need this for a while since I accidentally deleted everything from my disk by testing the HDD reset procedure and foolishly assuming that pressing "Exit" means "cancel"... Now I suddenly have 88GB free again (i.e. max. space available on a 120GB disk)
PS: Some very good info can be found at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_to_use_a_Motorola_DVR