Consider priorities. How long have we been fighting (with D*'s active and considerably efforts) to get Media Share to function? It is still limping along. The fact that eSATA is attainable, with stability in the face of it being low priority says a lot about the efforts others have gone through to make it so, and those truly in need have a solution at hand.
I'm sorry, but I don't agree with this.
Putting a port on a consumer device and maintaining after 2 years that it's "just there" and not fully supported is ludicrous. Support the hardware you ship, or pull the port off of successive generations of the hardware if you aren't going to support it.
The only way I've seen to migrate the internal drive's recordings to the external eSATA is to have a desktop PC with room for 2 internal SATA disks with SATA data cable & power cable available to the HR's internal drive (either by stretching to reach the HR or taking out the drive entirely from the HR, which voids the warranty and is not advisable).
Well, that doesn't work too well for those of us with a Mac laptop, now does it?
I am sorry to thread hijack but my main issue isn't the original poster's - gregries
is a far more basic "Gee I plugged this in and it doesn't work
" dilemma - it's the fact that as of now, the eSATA port is nothing more than a giant toggle switch. I know enough about Linux (I am a Systems Programmer and admin over 100 Linux boxes daily) to know that combining the internal with the eSATA into one mondo volume isn't really feasible, but the fact that there are no migration tools at all
is absurd. :nono2:
You plug in a new, fresh eSATA drive. What should happen then? What happened to gregries
? No on-screen feedback at all?
"New external drive detected. Initialize? [Yes] [No] [Ignore]"
"Initialization complete. Migrate recordings to external drive? [Yes] [No]"
"Migrating recordings. Please wait..."
"Migration complete. Restarting..." (and it either resets or gets to the "Step one of two" screen and continues)
We all know that the internal drive is formatted into 3 partitions, and the 3rd one contains the "raw" recordings.
How hard would it be for D* to initialize the external eSATA as a single partition (XFS volume) and move all the recordings over to it, and use it as the partition instead of the 3rd internal one from that point onwards?