Thanks to the wonderful folks here (esp. thanks to Rich), in June 2009, I upgraded my series 3 Tivo - to a 1TB internal hard drive (WD 10EVVS, I believe) and an external 1tb Hard drive (same WE 10EVVS hard drive - in an Antec enclosure). AFter a 2 days power outage, when we returned home last night, the Tivo was stuck on powering up. Called Tivo - and it seems it's the external hard drive that is failing. (Unfortunately, I have loads of recordings I don't want to lose - and wonder if there's a way to save them.) Here's more background. My daughter turned the tv on - and it was stuck on powering up for over 1/2 hour. When my husband saw this, he went to repower it. He unplugged the Tivo - waited 60 seconds - plugged it back in. (he did not turn off the external hard drive, so it remained on during this.) When he plugged the Tivo back in, the same thing happened. Stuck on powering up. Then I stepped in (and might have made things worse - or perhaps I had no effect). I recalled that the external hard drive should be off too. So I unplugged the power adapter from the external drive - and the power from the Tivo. I can't recall which I plugged on first - maybe the Tivo. This is the first time I had looked at the external hard drive - and noticed the blue light was blinking. I don't know if the blue light was blinking before I entered the situation - or if I caused it. Tivo walked me through steps of disconnecting power - reconnecting power. If the external hard drive is off, the Tivo gets past the powering up screen. It goes to "almost there" - and then reports that it is looking for the missing external hard drive. Tivo concluded that this suggested the external drive was the one failing. We tried doing the kickstart 54 but we never got a blinking green light. We tried holding the pause button anyway - but never got the green light to blink nor did we get an amber or red light. Tivo concluded that we couldn't even test the hard drives given that the external drive didn't seem to be working. Tivo did suggest I power off and repower the external hard drive a few times (only turning on the Tivo after) to see if I could get the external hard drive to stop flashing blue - in other words, to spin and work properly so that I could start the Tivo and transfer recordings to my PC (I do have a 2TB external hard drive connected to my pc - that I just recently bought just to back up this Tivo). I tried a few times to power off - then power on the external hard drive - no luck. I can try again - but at this point, I'm not hopeful and am looking for whether there is a way to save my video's. I know I don't want to unmarry the Tivo and external hard drive bc. my video's will be permanently lost. Is there anything I can do to try to save these video's? Whether that's a DIY project - or a place I can send the Tivo and external drive which can save the data for me? FWIW - I had Western Digital green caviar 1.5TB second internal hard drive that I installed in my pc for this purpose (but hadn't gotten that far with it) - and that drive died in December. I still have the drive - just got a replacement from WD - and was going to see if I could save the data from that 1.5TB drive. I am not wary of Western Digital - having 2 hard drives fail after 1 1/2 years (the one in the PC was rarely used - the one attached to the Tivo was heavily used). Anyway to save my data? Thank you. Lynn.