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Will Tivo let me switch a broken TivoHD w/lifetime with Tivo Premiere

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by superflysocal, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!! TCF Club

    Jun 25, 2002
    Decatur, GA
    :eek: Well, I sure don't want to kill myself over a TiVo.

    Back to the removal of drive, and connecting to the PC. That part I know how to do. :)
  2. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Yes, I'd remove the drive, connect to a PC, google the manufacturer to download a diagnostic utility, and run it on the drive while it's connect to confirm that it has bad sectors on it. If the answer is yes, then follow the procedures to replace the TiVo drive, and there's a good chance your TiVo will work. In the unlikely case it doesn't, it needed a new drive anyway, according to the diagnostics.

    Actually one thing I wonder is this: normally in a PC when a drive gets bad sectors, utilities are able to mark them as bad so that in the future they don't get accessed. No need to throw out the drive - you just lose access to the bad sectors and the rest works.

    I wonder if this could be done on a TiVo instead of replacing the drive. If the image is compromised, then I guess the image would have to be reloaded, after marking the bad sectors... or is there even a way to mark bad sectors on a TiVo?
  3. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If the drive is bad switch it out, I had bad TiVo drives that no problem showed up on any test using my PC, but when replaced the problems went away.
  4. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!! TCF Club

    Jun 25, 2002
    Decatur, GA
    I'm such a jerk! Sorry y'all, I should have made notes here at some point.

    As of today, I am back in business! I bought a drive from farmermac and swapped it out - piece of cake.
    But, then couldn't get the old m-card to work - it kept saying "invalid card" and Comcast couldn't see it to activate it. Great! I had no time to try and make an appointment or wait for a truck - so I finally had a chance to go to the Comcast service center just yesterday... and then time to call and activate it today. Voila!

    If it wasn't for Comcast, I would have been back two weeks ago. Blargh!

    Thank you all for your knowledge, assistance, and support with this!! I've desperately missed my TiVo and am so glad to get back to normal - or better than normal as I've a much larger HD now! :). Thank you!

    The direct cablecard activation number should be a sticky - I'll put it here so it's in more spots throughout TCF.

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