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HDD Noise - time to replace disk?

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Recently, the whirr of the HDD in my Tivo has been more noticeable than I remember. Last night my wife even told me told go downstairs an unplug it because she could hear it! Now I don't know if she really could (I couldn't) but it's definitely louder than it used to be. It's not making any worrying noises, just a louder whirr, and it all seems to be working of so far.

So, the question is: should I take this as an omen of impending doom and replace the HDD before it forces the decision on me? If so, what's the current recommendation for replacement drives? It currently has a single 120GB drive (I think), but if I'm replacing it then I would probably get something bigger if possible. Also I think I would need to ensure all the recordings etc were copied over. Is the Hinsdale guide the best one to follow? It talks about a 137GB limit, but Tivo Heaven mentions 500GB drives. Can someone explain?

Thanks in advance,
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The hinsdale guide, although probably the first comprehensive guide, is outdated, and overcomplicated.
It puts many people off diy'ing what is a straightforward, even simple process.

Steve conrad's guide is better

For a drive of over 137Gb you just need to run copykern after the transfer as detailed in the above link.
Thanks Mike, that does seem a lot more straightforward!

I'll probably want to copy over the recorded programs too. I'm trying to compare the two guides to see if I can work out how to do it, but they seem to be too different :( . Any suggestions?
mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/hdX | mfsrestore -s ZZZ -r4 -xzpi - /dev/hdY

where hdX is your source drive, ZZZ is the size of the target drive in GB and hdY is your target drive. Then, as Mike says, run copykern choosing hdY and kernel option 1.
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