4 years and 255 days - hard drive failure

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jmace57, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Aug 8, 2007 #1 of 18

    jmace57 Large Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    San Marcos, TX


    Well, my beloved first TiVo (80 hr Series 2) finally gave up the (disk) ghost after 4 years and 255 days.

    I have been stockpiling some 160 gb drives for this and my other older PATA TiVos.

    Anyway, I don't know why I posted this other than to say I'm very happy with the length of time it has been working - it has been on basicaly 100% of the time since Christmas 2002. It has gone thru at least 5 or 6 moves during my daughter's college career.

    I guess I have been one of the lucky ones.

  2. Aug 8, 2007 #2 of 18

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

    Jan 16, 2007
    Now that is an impressive amount of time :D

  3. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 Active Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    What's the usual expectation of a hard drive life in TiVos? Any stats or seat of the pants estimates?

    Nearly 5 years does sound good...

    Say if weaknees replaces a hard drive do they also transfer recordings, SPs over to the new drive? IIRC there's an extra fee for that, but it'd be worth it. Of course, if the HD has gone south, it might not be possible.
  4. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    yes Weaknees will do that and yes the drive does still need to be readable in order to transfer shows adn so forth. This is alos possible via the do it yourself tools and instructions. hard Drives in TiVo's have about the same expected lifetime as in any other use of a hard drive. The continuous use model that Tivo employs does not have any real effect on overall hard drive lifetime
  5. cooper243

    cooper243 King of the '80s

    Dec 10, 2006
    Columbus, OH


    Since I have a lifetime sub on my s2dt, should I invest in another hard drive and back up my current one and put it on the shelf?

    Almost 5 years does sound impressive.
  6. aus1ander

    aus1ander New Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    I think this is hardly worth the expense. Spare parts, especially standard off-the-shelf hard drives, are pretty easy to find and will continue to get cheaper through the years. The tools to image your drive are easy to find as well, or you can pay Weaknees to do it for you.
  7. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    yah this only makes sense if you do it often enough to have an up to date season pass list on the spare drive, which few of us would take the time to do

    Your money is btter spent on a good UPS to keep a steady stream of power to the Tivo
  8. d_anders

    d_anders Sr Legacy Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    Twin Cities...
    I still have a 30 hr Series 1 running for 6 years, 10 months. Yeah, I could have upgraded it by now, but I just wanted to know how long it can run...still going strong.

    P.S. Yes, it's been on 2 different UPS' over the year....I'm sure that it has helped.
  9. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    My oldest living Tivo was purchased in April 2003. It is still going strong!!!
  10. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    My Philips Series 1 TiVo still has the original drive, plus the extra drive I added shortly after getting it.
  11. cthomp

    cthomp Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Sony S1 bought June of 2000. Drive died, February of 2007.
  12. jmace57

    jmace57 Large Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    San Marcos, TX
    I wonder if PATA drives are going to be around for a while. I bought a couple of 160s (at really good prices) a few months ago just in case.

  13. hutchca

    hutchca New Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Hmm.. Memories...
    Bought my first Philips (Series 1) TiVo new in Oct of 2000.
    I upgraded the hard disk in it not long afterward though. I still have the original disk in a box somewhere.
    That series one is still running strong. The Quantum hard disk in there has been running almost continuously now for >6 years.

    I upgraded to a Series 2 with the lifetime transfer deal in Feb of '03. It still has the original factory hard drive in it (80 hr) which has been running almost continuously now for 4 years, 176 days.

    I better think about replacing the drive soon. I only have 79 days left 'till I catch up to you.

    The series 2 was on a UPS 99% of it's life, the Series 1 was just plugged into the wall.
    Only moved once though.
  14. WallyDilbert

    WallyDilbert New Member

    Nov 18, 2006
    My HDVR2's first drive lasted about 2 years. The first replacement lasted less than 1 year.
  15. raianoat

    raianoat TiVoBlog.com

    Jan 27, 2004
  16. jmace57

    jmace57 Large Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    San Marcos, TX
    Ask, and it shall be answered...seek, and ye shall find...

    Thanks raianoat.

  17. Glich

    Glich New Member

    Feb 18, 2002
    my s1 was from dec 1999 drive still works but it has odd issues when the front pannel goes dark and needs a power cycle or teh remote stops working .. just replaced it last week with a tivoHD (free lifetime trasfer for the WIN!)
  18. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Sony S1 still running with the original hard drive since June 2000 and Philips S1 running with upgraded 120GB hard drive since May 2002. I transferred the lifetime service on both to new S3's so the S1's are both using the year free service.


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