As time marches forward, I'm concerned about possible catastrophic hard drive failures of my two TiVos, and am trying to understand my options. I see there are a number of post-failure solutions, e.g. make a new one with InstantCake, buy a new one from DVRUpgrade, or try to repair the failed drive per the sticky here (did I miss anything?).
But what about Backup options, i.e. I expect that I can pull the drives from each of my TiVos and image them (using Acronis True Image for example), then re-image to a new drive after a failure. Izzat right? Is there any easier way, using perhaps the eSATA connection? If not, why wouldn't TiVo include an eSATA backup utility in their core software?