Spinning noise

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by jkalnin, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

    Jan 8, 2003
    Warrington, PA


    I either hear my fan spinning now or my hard drive. It is a high pitched sound which almost sounds like metal on metal. It isn't really loud, but it does have me a bit worried. Is there a way to tell if it is fan or HD...? I am sure the answer has me opening the Tivo, which scares me a bit.

    The Tivo is about 5 years old now. Is it typical for the fan to go first or the hard drive?
  2. wscannell

    wscannell Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    The easy way to test the fan noise is to unplug the tivo. Take a plastic zip-tie and put it in one of the fan holes to block the blades from turning. Plug in the TiVo and check the noise. Pull the zip-tie out and see if the fan starts making noise. Do not leave the zip-tie in place for more than a few seconds.

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