Originally Posted by Alphi
I hope you guys can point me in the right direction.
In a nutshell, my main TiVo is a TiVo HD (series 3) that I upgraded myself right after buying it (5 years ago) with a 1TB hard drive.
This weekend it started rebooting over and over again. So to see if I could narrow down the cause, I opened it back up again (for the first time since I upgraded it) and put the original HD back in (that I'd saved just in case I'd need it). And luckily, the TiVo started working again, making me believe that the upgraded HD was what had failed.
Unfortunately, now I'm back down to the original 20 hour HD capacity (instead of 150), and I'm afraid I've lost everything I had saved.
I have no problem with buying another 1 TB drive and upgrading it. But if there's any way I can salvage what's on the old one, that'd be great.
I'm also concerned that I don't know any more which HD models I can/should buy, as the last thing I want to do is buy a drive and get it here and find I cannot use it.
You'll need a PC to which you can connect SATA drives, either by direct to motherboard port, via SATA/IDE adapter to IDE headers on motherboard, or via SATA/USB adapters to USB ports.
It will help if that PC is running Windows XP SP3 or newer and you have
Having bootable copies of the Ultimate Boot CD and the MFS Live cd v1.4 on hand would also be handy.
You need to run the drive manufacturer's own diagnostic software on the drive.
While you're doing that you need to check for the very real and highly likely possibility that the TiVo's power supply is falling victim to "capacitor plague" and you need to eliminate that as a possible problem before you can be confident in any other diagnosis of the TiVo's problem.
If you wind up needing a new drive, if you can get a WD20EURS new directly from newegg or Amazon (and not from some "partner" or in their "marketplace"), many have reported success with that model, myself included.
The newer version, the WD20EURX, seems to be an acceptable substitute as well, but I myself haven't used one yet--just going by what others have reported.
Even if your 1TB has problems, it may have enough life left for us to get a decent copy of it with the right utility.