Technically, I suppose this is off topic since the hard drive in question is from a TIVO, but heck, hard drives is hard drives, right?
Anyway, the hard drive in my TIVO died. With rebates, buying a new TIVO was cheaper than repairing the old one, so now I've got this old TIVO begging me to experiment on it. It was hotrodded ( www.weaknees.com ) with a 240 gig drive, so there are some recorded shows I'd still like to get back. Nothing critical, so I don't want to send it out to one of them hard drive fixin' places, but desirable enough to spend an hour or two having some fun.
When it died, it made this click . . . click . . . click sound. My completely uneducated guess is the physical mechanism (that arm thing) is what went bad. So my first course of action will be to remove the drive and jiggle whatever jigglable parts I can find and see if it then works.
Second course of action will be to buy a similar drive, swap platters between the old and new drives and see if that works. That's pretty much the end of my ideas.
Do you think I have a shot with this, or will I be completely wasting my time? Any other ideas?
- Mike Greene