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TiVo Hacks by Raffi Krikorian

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Getting Everything Together

We know you're anxious to pop the top off that box, but it behooves you to take a moment to get everything you'll need together in one place so that you don't find yourself running frantically to the hardware store for a Torx screwdriver while your TiVo sits dismantled on your bench. Also, what would a hard drive upgrade be without the hard drive?

A Hard Drive

The most important, and costliest, part of a TiVo hard drive upgrade is the hard drive itself. Although most major hard drives are generally reliable, there are a number of factors—such as price, warranty, noise, and speed—that you should consider:

Finding the best price

Price comparison sites offer a convenient way to find drive deals and we have found Price Watch (http://www.pricewatch.com) to be the best resource. You might also try http://www.froogle.com. Be careful, however; drive performance is often significantly hampered due to poor packaging from discounters. Unfortunately, many discount vendors simply mail out drives wrapped in bubble wrap and tossed into a box of peanuts or shredded paper. Drive manufacturers universally discourage this. Reputable distributors enclose their drives in plastic casing or antistatic bags, surrounded on all sides with foam cushioning. This provides the best protection for your new drive.

Finding the best warranty

As of October 1, 2002, most major drive manufacturers—such as Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital—cut their warranty down from three years to one ...

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