Yikes, what a host of failures over the last month, 2 of my 3 Tivos have failed (both look like temperature related hard dirves). And the Drobo iSATA controller has failed. Here are the diagnostic procedures:
- Drobo. Main lesson here is that even on a power conditioner, you need more and leave it off enough. With a DroboPro, it costs $500 for three years of support as my current two years are ending this November. Right now I think I'll RMA the Drobo and look for more reliable solutions. Maybe a simpler RAID box where if the box fails, I don't have to spend $1000 to replace it. And with the new Mac Mini it is fast enough and silent enough that maybe this is a good dedicated server with a Thunderbolt Raid box.
- Tivo. There is apparently a way to diagnose the hard disk. One seems to be temperature related, but the disk looks like it is smaller. The other just seems just hang on boot so needs a hard reset. I can't seem to get this done. So the main fix seems to be to replace the hard drive. Sigh. Seems like someone must make a solid state based recorder that works with Comcast. Help!
TiVo HD XL