You absolutely needed to replace at least some of those caps. As for the drive in there now, the DB35, I think that's a Pipeline model. As for spending $120 for the Seagate Pipeline HD ST2000VM002 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive with a 2 year warranty, you just missed paying $20 less on either of these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042AG9V8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136783 which are the same drive, the WD20EURS, and it comes with a 3 year warranty and reports from me and other TCF'ers that it works in an S3 HD just fine. Amazon packed mine well, don't know about newegg on this particular model. You can use jmfs to copy the old Seagate to a new 2TB and expand, and maybe it'll work out and you won't lose your settings or shows.