Yup. Well aware. The trick is figuring out which things you are able to eliminate. Powering off the HDD is one thing I did not yet eliminate. I'm telling ya, I'm fully expecting the drive will be the cause of the problem. Only because I already went and bought an XL4 and paid for a lifetime subscription. I believe I'm able to return the unit to Best Buy and get my money back on the subscription as long as I do both within 30 days. If it turns out to be the HDD, I have to ask myself it is is worth the hassle of buying a new drive, doing the whole drive copy process, installing the new drive, hoping it fixes the problem, and if it it does then decide if I want to return the XL4 or not. Looks like used non-lifetime subscriptions HDs are going for only around $50 on ebay. That wouldn't even cover the cost of a new drive in the thing. If figured out it will take 40 months to pay for itself vs. renting a horrible DVR from Verizon. Like I said - UGH!