Life Span

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by reidjr, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. reidjr

    reidjr New Member

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    What is the avg life span of a tivo.
     
  2. weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    In our experience, the hard drive is the first part to fail. This makes sense since it's spinning 24/7. General life span of that part is 3 to 5 years. Replacing it is very easy.

    Beyond that, fans do fail (but are easily swapped).

    Next, power supplies can fail - but that usually takes many more years in the absence of a strong power surge or lightning hit.

    Finally, motherboards do fail, but as they're solid state, that's extremely rare.
     
  3. webin

    webin New Member

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    My parents have a tivo that has been in operation since 1999. I think the Hard Drive is the only that that has been replaced on it.
     
  4. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    As suggested above, you should get 3-5 years on the built-in hard drive so long as the box gets enough ventilation. Storing the the TiVo in a tighly enclosed space with little ventilation, thereby increasing temperatures, could shorten the lifespan.
     
  5. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    I've got six TiVos with a total life now of about 17 years and have never had anything fail on any of them. And I have not used anything special regarding power supply or temperature control. Very reliable boxes, at least for me.
     
  6. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

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    My Series 1 is 8 years old but I've replaced the hard drive a few times for upgrade purposes. Other than that there have been no problems.
     
  7. nmiller855

    nmiller855 Active Member

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    I'm using my stock original Series 1 that I won in an essay contest in September 2000.
    I've bought several others & the only thing I have had go out was the second tuner on one of my combination units. I didn't get it fixed. I just used the one tuner as a back up for scheduling conflicts.
     
  8. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    The lifespan of the Tivo > technological advances.

    You'll probably upgrade before your Tivo dies.
     
  9. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    I've never had a Tivo die..
    My 2000 Series 1 Sony is still with the friends I sold it to
    My S2 favored child is living with a friend with it's year free
    I retired Mom's S2 when I moved lifetime to my S3, it's not running, but it has no service, it didn't die
    My S3 is happy
    My TivoHD is happy
     

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