Originally Posted by dlfl
A 2 TB replacement hard drive can be had for about $100 if you're willing to DIY -- lots of help on these forums. Or you can buy a "plug-in" 2 TB drive for less than $200. (Google "ebay dvr_dude" -- seller has good rep on this forum.).
I pretty much agree and intend on doing anything reasonable to keep both my original Series 3 HD and Tivo HD running.
The reason I said the repairs are not cheap is because they could end up costing more than the DVR purchase if the buyer was unlucky and needed to replace both the drive and power supply in a fairly short period of time after purchasing the DVR. Of course I don't think that is likely to happen but with older used equipment the odds start going up.
If someone can find a friend with a TiVo who can get a deal on a Premiere with lifetime the cost of the Premiere over a used Series 3 with lifetime could be less than $200. So one has to consider that option if it is available to them.
In any event regardless if someone buys a new Premiere or used Series 3 I would recommend doing a 2TB hard drive upgrade as soon as possible.