harddrive failure? need some advice.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by bitchysix, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. bitchysix

    bitchysix New Member

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    I have a series 2, I'm in Toronto. Just under one year ago, I ordered an addon drive from Weaknees, 250gig, which has been working fine. Yesterday, the recording I was watching was playing choppy, which has never happened before. I gave up and went to bed. This morning I am unable to get past the 'powering up' screen. I called Weaknees, they want me to give them more money so they can tell me what's wronng with it. This involves shipping the entire tivo to California. Should I assume the problem is the original harddrive, which is still inside, and simply order a replacement? Will I lose all of the recordings on my box? Are there other options?
     
  2. S.Mo

    S.Mo He said member

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    It could be either of the hard drives. I'm not a fan of dual hard drive setups because you more or less double the chance of a failure. Your recordings are toast.

    If you aren't handy with computers, buying a single replacement drive from Weaknees or one of the other suppliers and replacing both your current drives would be a good option.
     
  3. bitchysix

    bitchysix New Member

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    The drive I purchased from weaknees cost me a pretty penny. I don't want to throw it out- the guys at weaknees say it's unlikely that the newer drive is the problem
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    You will have to back up your recordings with TiVoToGo, attempt to pull a system image from that unit, or purchase an InstantCake CD (or otherwise obtain an image) to apply to the 250GB drive as a single A (master).
     
  5. bryus

    bryus Member

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    If the drive isn't having an hardware failure you can try SpinRite from www.grc.com

    Steve Gibson, the creator of SpinRite was just talking on his Security Now! podcast last week about how it can help recover corrupted hard drives including drives in RAID or TiVo drives.
     
  6. S.Mo

    S.Mo He said member

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    There's no way they can know which of the two failed. I've seen plenty of 1 year old (or less) hard drives fail.
     
  7. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    Well then it's a good thing that they didn't say that they know and only suggested that one is more likely than the other to have failed.
     
  8. wierdo

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