Advertisements TiVo Premiere, purchased in November 2010, upgraded very soon after that to a 2TB hard drive (WD20EARS ). Last night I unplugged my TiVo premiere and set it aside, as I was cleaning out the cabinet it sits in. It was safe on the table, never jostled, while I cleaned for the next 20 minutes or so. When I returned it to the cabinet, it began its startup. First the Welcome! screen, then the screen that says just a few more minutes. The first time, it started up normally, but didn't show the shows in the My Shows list but I had had that problem before, it was because there was no internet. Well, before I got a chance to plug the Ethernet cable into the back, it decided to reboot itself. Then, it would do the Welcome! screen, the just a few more minutes screen, and very soon into that the fan would go off and I would get a black screen on the TV. I waited 10 or so minutes, tried my remotes, to no avail. So I pulled the plug and tried rebooting. This continued for several reboots the very same screens, and then black. So then I came to the forums, where I was told to test if the hard drive had failed. I tried the kickstart codes, but I am still not convinced they ever worked. But I tried 54, which was supposed to test the hard drive, but I never got the testing menu screen. At this point, I started to fear the worst about my hard drive. But instead of getting the testing menu screen, on the next reboot, the 2nd screen instead told me it was installing a service update. Again, I went to the forums for research and discovered that earlier this month 14.8c was released. I am almost positive (even more so now, based on the rest of my story) that this TiVo was still on 14.8. I know my other TiVo has not been updated yet. So I decided to go to bed, figuring it was late and the update might take quite some time. I woke up this morning and the installing screen was still showing. Very bummed out, I decided to pull the hard drive and see if I could tell if it was dead. I plugged it into an EZ-Dock and it spun up and mounted with no problem on my wife's Windows XP machine. I will point out that it showed up in Disk Management as a drive with no partition. I was expecting this since I had Series 2 TiVos, back when they were Linux, but then I thought about it more and maybe that is not a good thing. Based on the UI and the Vista-esque spinning circle, I'm pretty sure TiVo went Windows sometime between my two models. So, maybe it's a bad thing that I can't see the partition. But there is more... So, I took the drive that came with the unit and placed it back in, figuring it would tell me if there was something wrong with the unit. It started up with no problem what-so-ever. In fact, on the next connection to the TiVo servers it downloaded update 14.8c. The only thing I can think of, outside of there being something wrong with my 2TB drive, is that 14.8c was trying to install and it got itself in a catch-22. I just put the 2 TB drive back in, just to see if anything changed, and alas, no. Here's what I am looking for.... The drive spins up, so I am guessing it is ok but if I JMFS it again, I am guessing all of my movies (the thing was 57% full of movies) will be toast. Can I recover the .tivo files from the hard drive before performing a JMFS on it again? Or, is there any chance that I am doing something wrong, or possibly not doing something right, that would allow me to get this hard drive back on track. It would also stink to lose all of my season passes I live in a full house and we had quite a few different shows on that list. I am having trouble piecing the list back together ;-) Any help would be greatly appreciated. And thanks especially if you made it this far into my story.