Advertisements I am experiencing something with a Bolt that is contrary to everything we have been saying about swapping drives. I am reporting it here just for general knowledge to help us all understand a little more about how this box works. In short, I have had a new (cloned) drive in this Bolt for over a month. I just now put the old drive back in and booted it up, and IT DID NOT WIPE THE DRIVE I can still see and play any program that was on the drive when I swapped it out. Details follow. My 3TB Toshiba 2.5" drive was bad (verified by having it fail the WD Diagnostics long test with "Too many bad sectors"). Although the drive was definitely bad, and I was getting a lot of very strange errors while trying to watch recorded programs, the Bolt was still booting fine with the bad drive. Because I wanted to try and save as many of the recordings as possible (there were more than 1,000 on the drive), I decided to try and do a ddrescue clone of the drive to a new 3.5" external drive. That process worked (and ddrescue did show it found some unreadable parts of the drive). The Bolt booted perfectly with the cloned drive, and MOST of the old problems were gone. Oddly enough, I still ran into occasional playback problems with trick play, even on newly recorded programs that were not there from the clone. I can only assume that some internal system file or buffer on the drive was damaged on the original drive and copied over in the clone. None of the KS codes fixed the problem, so I decided my only option was to wipe the drive and start from scratch. I put the original drive back in just to do a boot and cause it to wipe the drive when I re-installed the new external drive. Of course, I expected it to wipe the old Toshiba drive on the first boot, since it was NOT the last drive that was active in this box. But this is where it gets really strange. The Bolt, running TE3, booted up just fine with the old Toshiba drive, and the My Shows screen has ALL OF THE PROGRAMS EXACTLY LIKE THERE ARE ON THE EXTERNAL DRIVE I JUST REMOVED! So the index of My Shows is not maintained on the drive, but in internal flash. Obviously it could not play any of the shows that were recorded on the other drive over the past month (it just reported that the program had not been recorded due to loss of signal), but when I rolled down far enough to find programs that were originally recorded on the Toshiba drive and then copied to the external drive by ddrescue, they all play perfectly! One other passing note - this Bolt is not connected to the internet at the moment, so maybe there is a slight chance that booting it without connectivity stopped it from wiping the drive? I'll test that with another reboot before I wipe the new drive on my computer and put this all behind me.