Advertisements I don't think it's a failing drive. Recently I decided to do a test to see if a MacAlly FW400+USB 2.0+eSATA enclosure would be good for an external Tivo drive. I had one that I removed from a server in my house. The hard drive is a Maxtor 500 gig drive meant for enterprise server applications, so it's not the quietest around and I felt I was likely going to have to replace it with a better suited drive. But it was good enough for this test. Also, the drive had only been in use for about 4 months. After powering down the Tivo Series 3 I have in my bedroom, I connected the drive via eSATA and powered the enclosure up, then powered the Tivo up. The Tivo recognized the device as a external drive (but non-certified) and asked me if I wanted to use it. After several minutes, it added the drive and everything seemed OK. But several hours later I turned on the TV to discover that the program guide for the show that was being broadcast was mysteriously on the screen. I asked the remote to clear it, but no response from the Tivo, other than the red light indicating that a remote signal had been received. The Tivo wouldn't respond to any signals at all. At this point I had to chase my kids into their bedtime routine, so I ignored the Tivo for a while. When I came back after probably 20 minutes, I discovered the Tivo had actually followed my remote commands, just extremely slowly. A single command might take 10 minutes to complete. And of course, often it wouldn't do what I wanted at all. I rebooted the Tivo to see if it would clear the problem, and it did...at first. But after a while, it was doing the exact same symptoms. Divorcing the external drive from the Tivo was the only thing that set my Tivo's behavior back to normal. I've since gone back and asked my Mac to do a thorough examination of the drive (via Firewire). No problems found with the drive at all. Given the fact that others seem to be having this issue since 9.4, I'm betting this is a Tivo software issue that must of escaped the beta process.