Series 2 keeps freezing/HD makes grinding noise

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  1. jjd416

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    Beginning last week, the picture on my Series 2 keeps on freezing and the box will not respond to any commands. I have to unplug it so it reboots. It keeps on freezing and this morning I noticed that it sounds like the hard drive is making a grinding noise and is very loud.

    Does this mean the box is garbage? I have product lifetime service and would hate to lose it.
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    You can replace the hard drive. Either DIY or buying a pre-configured drive.

    Check out this thread.
     
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Whatever you do, you need to do it soon, especially if you want to go the DIY route. A drive that is making grinding noises is on its deathbed.
     
  4. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    Another option is to look on Craig's list or even a yard sale for someone selling the same model Series 2 Tivo. You can then just swap the hard drive and do a clear and delete. Another advantage is that you will also have a spare power supply if that is ever needed.
     
  5. jjd416

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    Sorry to sound ignorant, but what will happen to my product life time service if I change my hard drive. The TSN isn't on the hard drive?
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    No, the TSN is on the motherboard. Replacing the hard drive has no effect on product lifetime service.
     
  7. jjd416

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    Thanks everyone for your input!
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Tell me the model number of your lifetimed TiVo.


    Also your approximate geographic location.
     
  9. jjd416

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    It is a Humax T800. I am in the south western part of Connecticut.
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    If you know enough not to electrocute yourself, take the cover off, disconnect the hard drive power, plug the AC cord back into the wall socket*, and see if the fan or something else other than the hard drive is making that noise.

    If not, you might as well go here:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=416883

    and read about adapters with a JMicron or Marvell chipset to let you use a new SATA drive in that unit. You can get a 1TB for about $50 bucks (online, drive only, no retail box).

    In the meantime you should have removed the drive, hooked it up to a computer, and used either the MFS Live cd v1.4 or WinMFS to make a truncated backup before that drive dies completely.

    The Series 3 "which drive to use" thread

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=370784

    has morphed into a general discussion of which drives for what TiVo. You might want to start with the last page and go backwards a way, since there're more than 250 of them.

    *If you know enough not to electrocute yourself, you disconnected the AC cord before you took the cover off.
     

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