Advertisements ciper - It's real easy to debug, you disconnect it and if things start working you know it's the drive. So you can fix/replace the drive at your leisure and the TiVo keeps working, no muss, no fuss. I know you lose some programs, but that's not important to me. However, if the INTERNAL drive fails, and you "pop in the old one" you have to reprogram the season passes, deal with SW updates, etc. sounds a lot more painful to me. we're not going to agree on this, but I'm not going to sling FUD. I agree that one point of failure is better than two, but my point is that the consequences for the 2nd point of failure are an order of magnitude less painful than of the primary point of failure, so it's a fair compromise. Please don't keep hammering until everyone agrees with you, not everyone will.