Originally Posted by az1097
My Series 2 Tivo has become noisy and I'm wondering if it's the fan or the hard drive is going bad. If it's the fan, is it easy to replace without voiding Tivo Lifetime Service and Support?
Get something non-metallic, like maybe a plastic paint brush handle, that's small enough around to fit through one of the holes in the back through which the fan blows.
You want to stick it in to momentarily
stop the fan spinning.
If the noise stops, it's the fan that's noisy.
(It can probably be cleaned and lubed instead of replaced and last several more years)
If it doesn't stop, time to learn about MFS Live, WinMFS, and to read the IDE/SATA adapter thread
since a 1TB SATA drive will be your best GB/$ deal.
And since to get at the fan or the hard drive you have to break out the #10 Torx bit and take the cover off anyway, read up on "capacitor plague" and eyeball your power supply's caps at the same time to see if any are showing even the slightest sign of bulging on the top.