I'm not concerned 1 bit about ANY of the recording, so it is not important to preserve anything. I'm also reading that I cannot have the 1Tb external expansion with a 2Tb internal, so that too is a moot point (unless you have information that will state otherwise). Regarding your answers: ===================== I assume you have jmfs copying the original 160GB internal drive to a 2TB? YES When it finishes copying, instead of telling it to expand, exit and try the 2TB in the TiVo WITH THE EXTERNAL ATTACHED AND POWERED UP. So even after the error message after "married" do this? Maybe that'll work and your recordings will still be accessible so that you can use TiVo Desktop to copy off any that aren't anti-copy flagged. DO NOT CARE about any recordings. Also, TiVo Desktop on Mac says I cannot copy anything without a "Premier" box. (not available) All I have is the ability to publish content from my iMac to a TiVo as I see. Once you've done that we can explore using the drive in the external enclosure as a middleman on your way to using all of the 2TB drive. Not sure what you are saying here???? Just for future reference, links to an image that can be restored with the MFS Live cd and to an image that can be restored with WinMFS can be found in this post: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...01#post8831301 Again, not sure what you mean here???? but we may be able to use your original drive after we divorce the external and save all of your settings and such. THIS IS MY ORIGINAL QUESTION, HOW DO I "DIVORCE" THE EXPANSION DRIVE? By the way, are you sure it's the internal going bad and not the external? Good point, will test! You should download the WD diagnostic software bootable cd iso for future reference. You should also go to mfslive.org and download the MFS Live cd v1.4 iso (I'd tell you to do that even if you didn't own a TiVo) and download the WinMFS program for future reference as well. Will do! When you tried Instant Cake, did it offer any chance to increase the size of your swap partition? None whatsoever, failed with message: Not enough extra space to expand on A drive. Partition table on drive A is revalidated! Go to http://www.mfslive.org for support.