I have read many posts about cloning drives, failed or otherwise, to try and preserve the data (aka recordings) on the existing drive. I don't want people to think I am starting a thread without reading existing advice, I have, but the problem I have is that for those who are new to the process involving TiVos (not technically novice, but TiVo novice) that the steps provided lack a certain degree of specificity that would allow for a more reliable and confident attempt.
What is my situation:
- I have a Series 2 DVR (Humax T2500)
- It has an upgraded drive (larger drive)
- The OS and all functions are fine, but the drive hits sectors which result in the system rebooting or stalling (suggests drive is dying)
- I have lots of recordings which I don't want to lose and want to carry over to the new drive (of the same size at the moment)
What do I need:
- What is the best drive to use as a replacement to reduce decay in the future
- Windows or Linux is not a problem, I can use both and I have the technical knowhow (25+ years) which allow me to use any setup without a problem - Linux seems to be preferred
- What application will most efficiently and without too much guess work or fuss make a copy of all the OS, data, settings and recordings to a new drive without killing both the source and/or new destination - have considered DD and MFS
- Any advice or specific steps would be appreciated, a sort of how-to or relative step-by-step if possible, would be greatly appreciated
I will gladly post my experiences, discoveries and suggestions after completing this to assist others and leave a more beginner friendly DIY in the future, so any help and details will not be a waste and can possibly serve as a manual for others in the future.
Thank you all in advance and I look forward to hearing from all you great people to help me accomplish this and learn something new in the process.