Hello, I had a Direct TV Tivo, with a 120 gig hard drive, and the Tivo died. I took it in for repair, and they told me to get another tivo, so now that i have my new tivo with an 80 gig hd, is it possible to swap hard drives, and put the old one, into the new tivo? also, is there a way i can check on the status of the old hard drive? how would i go about plugging into a computer, or would it act just like a normal hard drive?
You cannot swap hard drives between Tivos without preparing them first. There are lots of resources in the Forum just before this one ... Tivo Upgrade Center Forum.
In a nutshell, you'll need to download the drive manufacturer's DOS-based diagnostic utilities and create a DOS boot disk with those utilities. Install the Tivo drive into your PC and disconnect your PC's drive (just to be safe!). Boot into DOS and run the diagnostics on the Tivo drive. If the drive checks out good, then you should be able to use in your Tivo. Follow the Tivo Upgrade instructions in the Tivo Upgrade Center Forum as if the 120GB drive were a new blank drive. Of course, it's possible that the 120GB drive has problems that messed up your old Tivo, even if the diagnostics don't find anything. With 120GB drives available for well under $50, I wouldn't risk using one in a new Tivo.
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