Advertisements It's a system failure, not a drive failure as (I think) you were implying. The system failure is a result of trying to use the drive in a system it was not designed for. That's an incompatibility issue. The hard drive did not fail. Linux and Windows have modifications to account for long write latencies and to take advantage of the unique commands that SMR drives have (GitHub - Seagate/SMR_FS-EXT4). Is any of that being used in the Tivo? Nope. The Tivo is designed for PMR drives. SMR drives are for archiving purposes only. From a reliability point of view, the failure isn't with either of the individual components but the system as a whole. The true failure is with the operator. Anyway, I still think these Toshiba 3 TB drives have issues as a hard drive replacement in a Tivo.