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unrelenting said:
I think I will throw one of my unused hard drives I have in my storage room in this thing and see if that will get it running.
You won't get very far without the appropriate version of the TiVo software on that hard drive.
 

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Depending on how far gone your original HD is, you may still be able to use it to get the software by using dd_rescue (or something like that). I've never had to do it, so I don't have any more to offer on that subject.
how do those buy it/drop it in HDD's for sale work?
Are you asking how well do they work (perfectly btw) or how can they work?

Considering that you already have a HD that you can use, you may want to consider buying ptvupgrade's InstantCake cd to put the software on that HD.
http://www.ptvupgrade.com/products/instantcake/
 
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