've got a Directivo HDR-210 that had been acting flakey with video playback (getting video jitter/hiccups even when the sat was clear) and then a reboot in the middle of playback. Concerned that the drive might be going bad and with 320gb hard drives on sale this week I decided to make a backup.
Now I had already replaced the original drive with a 320gb about 2 years ago doing a straight disk copy (I don't get much HD and 200 hours of SD is more than enough for me!)
Got the MFStools 2.0 disk and did a dd to copy the drive. dd reported no errors.
Put the new drive in, get Welcoming, Powering up and... that's it.
Put the old drive back in, works fine.
So I went back and re-verified the new drive could handle the load. Both drives are WD and the same model and size (they're just manufactured about a year and a half apart), hdparm reports the same disk geometries for both.
Ran dd again. Again no errors from dd.
Put new drive back in and had the same result, Welcoming, Powering up and that's it.
(I triple checked the jumpers too!)
Is it possible I just purchased a bad drive?