said by dddane:Actually it is one of the easiest things to do in the world. You use WinMFS, which is a program that runs in Windows. Removing the hard drive takes minutes and WInMFS is extremely easy to use. Epecially for a person that is used to windows programs.
i've had one tivo get a bad hard drive out of the 8 or so i've had here since 2003 or so.
and replacing the hard drive yourself once it has gone bad is not the easiest thing in the world, requires linux based cloning software and a copy of the original disk (which tivo won't provide.., but you can make yourself if you plan and/or buy it online from others for $20 or 30). basically if your drive dies in a tivo, the average lamen would throw it in the landfill.