So yea.. I have a HR10-250 unit (never owned D*, bought it used originally to tinker with, but then found my $5 garage sale purchase was a free HD Tuner for an older CRT analog tv!). Been using it happily for quite some time now, but the other day, the HDD died (yea, I know it's the hdd, you can hear it click-click-click-clicking). I've read some posts here and there, in fact prior to posting, this forum even recommends threads based on your title - The first, seemed so promising, where a guy said free tools to fix this are under "Tivo Upgrade Center Forum" here, which, far as I could tell pointed me to a sticky that was primarily for Series 1 devices, with 'early series 1 support) (link-->http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=198444) That doesn't seem like what I need.. Stock HR10-250 has.. a 250gb drive.. I've also seen instantcake options, a $40 cd to fix a $5 device, which, from what I read, may or may not still have free solutions around. So that's what I'm inquiring about. Does anyone know where I can find said free tools to conjour up an image to slap on a 250gb (or less??) hdd? I don't really NEED that large of a size - can't utilize the pvr/dvr portion of the unit anyhow.. Just need the OTA/device back up and running.. Unlike so many other posts here, I'm obviously also not interested in cloneing/copying my existing drive - Heck - It's bad.. If it weren't bad, I'd just clone it and not be in the pickle I am now anyway.. To review: Hdd died. Need tools/image to make a new drive. 250gb or less, if possible. help? ty Google took me to this page: http://www.dvrupgrade.com/dvr/stores/1/lba48.cfm I decided to wing it, burnt the cd and booted with it.. Seems to mention support of my hr10-250, but includes no text the the six F keys about actually using the tool(s). I found this hisdale guide, which also mentions yet another tool cd (http://www.newreleasesvideo.com/hinsdale-how-to/index9.html) - But noticing in his guide, there is no mention of going from nothing to a 'factory ready' drive.. It's all about backing up one or two drives onto a new one or two.. No 'fresh install' mentioned.. Thinking this is going to be a problem? Do the tools contain the files for a new install? If not, how can I acquire them/it/whatever?