I've dug into this quite a bit and it turns out that this is not supported by Rogers. There are a lot of things to consider.
1. Copyright issues with duplicating media
2. Copying Boot & Information files from one drive to another different size, make, model drive may cause errors
3. Removing, modifying or exposing the drive may void any warranties
I would have to advise against it and that it is not supported by Rogers. But to answer your question, some have successfully cloned or ghosted drives. You should consider purchasing an empty casing and simply swapping between the new and old drive as needed.
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Hope this helps!
Hey Jeffrey thanks for the reply. I don't mind doing the drive swap thing but I have been afraid to plug in a new drive and then finding out that my old one is not recognized anymore. I use a thermaltake blacx docking station instead of a drive enclosure and swapping drives would be easy...by the way the docking station is great for keeping drives cool as they are exposed and it looks good too. So if you know that drive swapping works please reply
It is safe to power down the PVR - Unplug the power - Disconnect one PVR extender and connect another PVR extender. Reboot the PVR and it will recognize the new/other drive.
Speaking freely and not on Rogers behalf, I think a swap out/docking station would work.... but it may void any warranty and if you forget to power down the PVR & Docking station or if theres any static hanging around it could fry the motherboard on the PVR... or other components.
Currently I have a 500GB PVR Extender which is almost at capacity. I don't want to erase anything on it yet but still would like to continue recording. Can I unplug it, plug in a different PVR Extender and continue recording?
Will I be able to watch content on the 1st PVR Extender at a later time simply by plugging it back in?
If I can swap PVR Extenders in and out without loosing content, this would resolve the necessity for "Copy to VCR" functionality.
Thanks for the info,