To access the internals of your TiVo, you're going to have to pull out its hard drive.
After opening your TiVo [Hack #20], you should clearly see your TiVo's one or two hard drives (depending on your model of TiVo). The challenge now is to know how to pull them out. Each one of the TiVo architectures (see Section 2.3.1 at the beginning of this chapter) is subtly different, so just to be sure you're armed with enough information; we'll carefully go through how to operate on each.
TiVo's hard drives are usually pretty close to the power supply. As you attempt to remove the drives, be sure to avoid touching the possibly charged power supply.
If your TiVo has only one drive inside (see Figure 2-2), you will see a gray IDE ribbon cable that runs from the green motherboard to a plastic holder on the hard drive. You're going to have to remove that ribbon cable from the hard drive on the top left. With a two-drive TiVo, you will see both hard drives and the single ribbon cable that connects each drive together and to the motherboard. Completely remove that cable from the hard drive or drives by gently pulling on it. A hard drive also has a white, inch-wide power connector attached to it. Remove that connector, too.
Figure 2-2. A TiVo of architecture type 1, with only one hard drive
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