The other day our Tivo started making some odd thunking noises … and the picture started going weird periodically.
I did some research and determined that this is the sign of a failing hard drive.
I discussed the options with Steve and determined that the best thing to do would be to replace the hard drive. Due to the heat dissipation requirements I needed to get a 5400 rpm drive. Unfortunately, such slow drives are pretty hard to find. Luckily CDW had a 160gb Maxtor 5400rpm drive in stock.
Of course Tivo can’t deal with 160gb … so I’ll only get 137gb out of the drive.
Steve offered to help with the upgrade, so I met him for lunch and then we went over to CDW to pick up the drive.
While upgrading the Tivo isn’t trivial … the technique has been perfected quite well. Detailed instructions can be found at http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com.
The hardest part (for me at least) was cracking the case. Once the case was opened, the rest was pretty easy. As I type this, the old drive is being duplicated to the new drive. It’s pretty slow going … it started duplicating at around 5:30 and at 8:45pm it was only 50% done. I think it will be done around 11pm tonight.