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Seen it dozens if not hundreds of times here...

My TiVo is pausing, freezing, clicking, dead, etc....

Response is dead hard drive, and I'm sure that Weaknees and Ptv have made a a good portion of their business of selling drives for dead TiVos.

In five years, I've had to replace my hard drive twice on my Sony SVR-3000.

In 20 years of owning and working on PCs, I've only had one drive fail.

Am I nuts, or do TiVos seem to kill drives???
 

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On the other hand, in my group of close friends, 9 Tivos were bought between 5 and 6 years ago, and all are running just fine with the original disks.

However, TiVo power supplies are wimpier than PC power supplies so if your power isn't fairly clean, it may affect the TiVos more than the PCs.
 

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Lrscpa said:
In 20 years of owning and working on PCs, I've only had one drive fail.

Am I nuts, or do TiVos seem to kill drives???
Have you ever run a PC for 5 years, continuously writing to the drive? That's basically what TiVo does. It's got to be one of the toughest environments there is for a harddrive. I think 5 years sounds like a good run.
 

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ExcelGal said:
Have you ever run a PC for 5 years, continuously writing to the drive? That's basically what TiVo does. It's got to be one of the toughest environments there is for a harddrive. I think 5 years sounds like a good run.
Very true. Actually, I have never used a computer for over five years without upgrading. Just the nature of my business.
 

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ExcelGal said:
Have you ever run a PC for 5 years, continuously writing to the drive? That's basically what TiVo does. It's got to be one of the toughest environments there is for a harddrive. I think 5 years sounds like a good run.
Not only that, but think of the environment it has to operate in.

Most people have their PC's out in the open, whether on the desktop or on the floor next to their desk. Unless your desk is in cramped stuffy closet, ventilation isn't an issue.

However, many if not most people keep their A/V components in some sort of enclosure, whether it be a TV stand, an armoire-type enclosure, or a specially-built cabinet. If those enclosures aren't properly vented, heat can quickly build up. Heat is the biggest killer of hard drives.
 

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yep, I was having stuttering issues with my sony series 1, then switched my A/V cabinet under the TV to storage, and got an open component stand. Since then, no stuttering.

Heat is very very bad for electronics
 

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litzdog911 said:
Of course, most folks don't come here unless they have a problem. The posts here are not representative of the actual Tivo hard drive failure rate.
:up:

I think the failure rate is about the same as a PC hard drive.
 
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