So... I'm setting up my ***3rd*** 3TB Bolt+ (2 warranty replacements) after about 18 months of being on Tivo's Services... the service, interface and features are GREAT, but this crappy hardware is quite ridiculous if you ask me, and losing all my programs, etc. is getting SUPER old... I even heeded warnings about these units getting too hot and being sensitive to surges, so I have had it sitting on a superflow cooling pad and connected to a nice UPS since it was new... none of which obviously helped! I'm pretty tech savvy and have kmttg and PyTivo on my PC and have played around with it... but am not that familiar with the Tivo itself... It's easy enough to download and convert recorded programs when you are only doing a few at a time, but IMO too slow and clunky to use as a true 'backup'. I have never looked into connecting an eSATA drive to the expansion port on the back, but believe I am correct in understanding that it's just for expanding the capabilities of your storage space... with 3TB, I don't really need additional space, but wondering if I can somehow use an external drive as a MIRROR of the internal. I feel pretty certain that if it wouldn't void my warranty, I could take the drive out of the bad unit and connect it to a Linux machine to recover the data, but it's not worth taking a chance of it costing me the $449.00 deposit if they figure out it has been tampered with. Any suggestions with this new box as to how to keep a good backup of shows and settings without a lot of hassle?