i had my HD tivo since i bought it on clearance for myself on father's day in 2008, so for about 7 years. the unit was running almost non-stop since, so i decided it's time to upgrade HD and recap the power supply.
I purchased a 1TB WD green drive on a recent rebate deal on tigerdirect ($34 after rebate IIRC). the drive is WD10EZRX. I disabled the idle sleep 12.8s default by the wdidle3 /d routine. Hitachi tool for AAM didn't work. I used the following drive settings (jumpers 5-6, 7-8):
I used winMFS to format the new drive and did the the image transfer from the old drive. turns out it works with the USB3 SATA enclosure i recently bought on amazon ($20). so, i didn't have to instal the drive(s) internally.
the recap job was a bit more difficult. i did only one recap before (PC motherboard), and this was a bit more difficult, but still doable even without extensive experience.
my power supply was the same as posted here: http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/sho...3#post10109233
i ordered an extended set of caps covering both possibilities and have some extra ones left. the OEM caps were of the following brands: Elite (the big 200V one), Ltec, and Teapo. they are all listed on the bad cap listing: http://shaddack.twibright.com/projects/badcaps/
but i also heard, they are not the worst.
they were all 105C grade and in good shape with no bulging and in correct capacity as far as i could test with my multimeter than only goes to 100uF.
i think that recap job was not necessary at this point, and maybe even harmful considering the sub-par soldering job i did (a possibility of dry joint down the road).
i'll keep you posted how it works long term, but so far it works great.