Hard drive clone


#2

I would love this as well. I have thought about upgrading to a larger hard drive to build a larger movie collection.


#3

It’s something I’ve lobbied for but unfortunately we aren’t able to have this in place for the update that will enable larger drives.


#4

Any recommendations for how to do it manually for those of us comfortable with linux/unix? … what method do you recommend to accomplish it? … straight “dd” or format+rsync, etc ?


#5

@ericgus - Unfortunately it requires root access to the O/S. This is why we want to be able to create a utility to make it easier.


#6

I have a few linuxes box that I have root access on (I created them… eg my PLEX server being one of them)… (I do understand your response for those who don’t) … I am just looking for the most compatible method to duplicate the drive assuming I take my Tablo hard drive off the tablo and temporarily connect it to one of my linux machines … My family wouldn’t really be excited to loose all their previously recorded stuff (more so my son since they took Caillou off the local PBS station)


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#7

The best option is to download the content using @Jestep’s utility.


Can I pull recorded video files off Tablo?
#8

I did it with a GParted Live disc. Takes a while, but it was errorless.


#9

Yea that isnt going to work for the purpose I need … but thanks for the suggestion.


#10

did you expand to a larger drive? … gparted is along the lines of what I was thinking just wasnt sure if when cloning to a larger drive it the Tablo recognized the large disk on the new copy.


#11

I went from 500GB to a 2TB drive. Took a long time but haven’t had any issues. Had to expand the volume to 2TB after the copy.


#12

Thanks … ill probably do something similar now that I know thats a path that works.


#13

You can just set the hard disk to GPT so you can use a disk > 2TB. I think File Sync of AOMEI Backupper, a freeware capable of cloning HDD, will do what you need . You can set a schedule to automatically synchronize two folders to copy/move recordings from existing hard drive to another


#14

I primarily use OSX and Linux … I might be able to borrow a windows machine but I generally dont have one of those.


#15

So I take it there is no way to clone the drive on OS X? I was wanting to do this as well, I have a new drive arriving in a few days.


#16

Maybe I need to investigate but if there is a bootable version of Gparted that boots on the mac it might work… but I am looking for something that runs native… I was looking at Carbon Copy Cloner in block mode.


#17

A GParted Live disc will boot on a Mac


#18

Thanks again! … I haven’t really looked much into it yet.

I need to find the directions on how to burn it to a USB as I have a newer mac that lacks a CD drive… though gparted aside, I was thinking simple “dd” would probably work from the osx command line but I can’t think of a way after the fact to expand the free space on the new copy from osx itself…


#19

I just got my 2 TB WD elements drive in. I have my recordings on a 1TB elements drive, what is a workflow on OS X for a non-programmer type person to clone the drive?


#20

or I have parallels. can I download a virtual image and run it that way? i’m lost. :flushed:


#21

I dont think anyone has really come up with a “non programmer” method yet… Though the Tablo folks hinted above they are planning one…