Hard Drive Test Fail & Next Steps

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  1. Haselmaier

    Haselmaier New Member

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    [Apologies in advance if this is covered someplace. My attempt to do some Searching were not successful.]

    I have a roughly 5 year old Series 2 (TCD540040) that is acting a bit flaky: Freezing during playback, pixelation, random reboots. This unit has the original hard drive in it (40GB?) and a Weakneees add-on drive. (Don't recall the size.)

    I ran the hard drive tests and get a "Fail 2" on the Primary Drive on the various tests. My questions:
    1. What does "Fail 2" mean? How severe is that?
    2. If I want to keep using this unit is my only option to get a new primary drive? Is there any way the upgrade drive can be used as the only drive for that unit? (Well - I know it *could* be the primary drive - but I'm asking from the standpoint of whether changes to that drive would need to be made. I very much presume so, assuming the main drive for booting and OS is on the original drive.

    I'm trying to decide whether it's worth putting more money into this Series 2 or getting a Premiere. I know the Premiere does more stuff - which would be great. But it's also more expensive.

    Thanks.

    Jim
     
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    Ellicott...
    You could use the add-on drive as the primary drive, but it requires that you re-image the drive with a backup image. If you never made a backup then you'll either have to get a new drive from Weaknees or other source or resort to getting an overpriced copy of InstantCake for $40 and restore the image yourself.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    When you say you ran the hard drive tests, do you mean you ran Kickstart 54 on the TiVo, or that you hooked the drives up to a computer and ran the manufacurer's diagnostics, particularly the long test?

    Have you eyeballed the capacitors in the power supply?
     
  4. Haselmaier

    Haselmaier New Member

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    I ran Kickstart 54 to do the hard drive test.

    I have not eyeballed the power supply capacitors.
    1) I didn't know that could tell one anything.
    2) What does one look for?

    Thanks.

    Jim
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Pull the drives and test them on a computer with the manufacturer's diagnostic software, especially the long test.

    While you've got the TiVo apart, check the power supply.

    Go read

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

    and then have a look at

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=479176&highlight=broken

    for an excellent picture that shows how subtle the visual clues can be.

    Chances are good that your original drive (a Maxtor?) has developed problems, but that doesn't mean the power supply might not have developed problems as well.
     

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