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Tivo hard drive

I can tell the hard drive is dieing on this tivo since it makes alot of loud loading and head clicking noises and sometimes it restarts itself also when i try to record or play things back or watch things with it it freezes in spots i would like to know how to go bout replacing the hd

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Re: tivo hard drive

Here is a link to replacing the hard drive in your TiVO. Remember its just like replacing a Computer Hard Drive. I hope this helps:

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Check out the website of

They sell Upgrade Kits& larger hard drives for DVRs.

Go to their site and click on DVR Hard Drives... they will ask for the make and model number of your DVR and offer additional and/or replacement Hard Drives for your specific DVR.

They also offer (2) Upgrade Services:

(1.) for $49 they will install your additonal or new Hard Drive

(2.) for $79 they will copy all your setting AND programming to the additional or new Hard Drive.

I have dealt with them before and their email customer service is one of the best I've ever experienced.

Good luck!!!

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