8TB Replace and Transfer/Preserve Recordings?

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  1. TivoRocks193

    TivoRocks193 Member

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    I have an 8TB WD80EFZX hard drive on a Roamio Pro that appears to be dying (clicking/crashing/etc). I have a replacement (same model) coming. Is it possible to plug in both drives on SATA ports of a PC and do a direct clone to transfer all of the existing recordings and settings?

    I know there’s MFSR for increasing the size to 8TB and DVRBars for backup/restore but 8TB is huge, so I have no place to store the backup file. Any suggestions how to do a straight clone or is that pretty much impossible?

    I know for regular hard drives, I’d use a cloning tool like this, but since TiVo has special formatting/partitions, I wasn’t sure if such a tool would work for a TiVo drive.

    https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-FD2002-Dual-Bay-Docking-Function/dp/B00N1KXE9K

    Might that work with a TiVo drive? Suggestions? Would ddrescue work?
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    Either ddrescue or a cloning dock should work fine. All you need is a byte-for-byte copy of the drive.
     
  3. TivoRocks193

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    Took a total of “28 hours and 39 minutes” to copy the 8TB WD Red drive with “ddrescue -f -n”. The estimate when it first started was around 14 hours.

    About to plug it in, so fingers crossed!
     
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    Worked like a charm, I’m guessing in part because the source and target were the exact same model. I wouldn’t try mixing them.

    I was a little worried since the old one is beginning to die (random restarts/click sounds) but amazingly, no read errors during the copy and the newly started unit looks identical to before.

    Oh, and since WD has a 3 year warranty on their red drive, didn’t have to pay for the new one, just have to ship the old one back.
     
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