What to do with old unused Series 3 TiVo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by JimS_61, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. JimS_61

    JimS_61 New Member

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    I posted here about 1 month ago asking if my old Series 3 TiVo could be converted to a NAS device. The answer was "no", which was fine. But since I can't use it for that, I have no use for it and was wondering what, if *anything* could be done with it? I'm not going to be in a situation where I can use it again. I have a BOLT that's working fine and that's all I need.

    So my questions are:

    1. What if anything can it be used for, and
    2. If I end up having to put it into my local electronics recycling place, how do I erase everything on it, similar to what I'd do with a PC that I was recycling?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    If it already has a lifetime subscription, then it can be used to record. You can also sell it for about $100.
    Without a subscription, then it is only good for parts.
     
  3. JimS_61

    JimS_61 New Member

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    No lifetime subscription. I thought it might be only good for parts. Thanks!!
     
  4. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    1: yes good for parts. if you are near (<10 miles) of zip 90505 I'll take it for parts.
    2: recycle it after removing the hdd. or drill a couple of holes in the hdd.
     
  5. keithg1964

    keithg1964 Ragonk

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    What could be on the HD of any value to anybody????
     
  6. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    Good point.
    Some people are just paranoid and want all digital data "shredded."
     
  7. JimS_61

    JimS_61 New Member

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    I'm 2806 miles from 90505. :) So I suspect that's too far.

    I can't imagine anything of value being there, except...see my next answer. :)

    Program content I don't care about, but if there was any personal information on there, I wouldn't want that to be just put out into recycling. I'll remove the HDD and either reformat it and put in an external case, or disassemble it.
     
  8. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    Yes, not worth shipping cost...
     
  9. Trancer711

    Trancer711 New Member

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    Hello JimS_61

    Is this TiVo Series 3 that you have, is it a TCD658000 model ?

    Regards,

    -Trancer711-
     

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