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waityn4jc said:
...Since my WD drive has been used many times in the past for other purposes...

...the case fan kind of jiggles like it is getting mili-seconds of power....
This sounds like a power supply issue - how old is the drive? What model number? Could it be consuming too much power when trying to spin up?
 

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waityn4jc said:
...Western Digital Caviar (Model: WD1200JB-00CRA1) Made: May 2002
Not sure if this will help but written on the WD it says 5VDC---0.80A 12VDC---0.45A
Here is a web address for the specs: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=704&p_created=1037222945...
The key value from the specs is the spin-up specs:

Spinup 1.3 A (max) (12 V) 650 mA (5V) 19.0 W (Total power dissipation)

Which is not excessive (Maxtor Quickviews draw about 50% more), so power is not the problem. Are you using any power splitters? Have you tried a new 80 wire IDE cable? (Grasping at straws here.)
 

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GBL said:
You could try and see if the TiVo powers up your other spare 40GB drive - if it does, that makes it more likely that the WD drive is out of specs.
He says the TiVo works fine with the original drive.
waityn4jc said:
....I can then return the old hard drive back into the TIVO and everything is fine....
This is why I asked about the specs on the 120GB drive in the first place.

It might be both an out of spec drive AND a marginal power supply.
 
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