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The TiVo Gods Hate Me
I just turned on my TiVo Series3. I watched a TiVoCast program and it was fine. Then I went to play another and it started but stuttered a lot. I tried it a few times and it didn't work right. So I tried another, same thing. I went to Live TV and it seemed to be OK, but then that locked up for a bit too. I've had weirdness before fixed by a restart, so I restarted the box. Live TV seemed to be OK, but the TiVoCast content still wouldn't play. Then I tried normal recordings, same thing, even on recordings from days ago. Uh oh. And I thought I heard something.

So I got down by the unit, and I heard a clicking. Clicking is not good. I determined that the clicking was coming from the 500GB My DVR Expander connected to the TiVo. That's definitely not good. I checked the connections and restarted again. And it told me the external device wasn't connected. I rechecked and restarted again, same error. I knew it was hopeless but I tried a few more times anyway. Nope, my external drive just died. Click of Death. This is the second 500GB WD SATA drive I've had die in the past couple of months. I had one in a USB enclosure for my PC that also died, also with the Click of Death, and it was even younger.

So now I'm restarting the TiVo without it, and I know that means I'm going to lose recordings. Of course normally I'm caught right up with my recordings so I'd only lose a day or so. But no, this had to happen when I've been unusually busy and have a couple of weeks worth of programs, including the season premiers of several shows (Heroes, for example) unwatched. Not to mention shows that won't repeat any time soon (a couple of weeks of Code Geass and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, for example). Oh yeah, it just finished and just about everything is gone - all that's left is a handful of TiVoCasts that must have been 100% on the internal drive by chance. Even all the suggestions are gone.

Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, since I have a Series2 in my bedroom that I have mirror my season passes, only without anything set to Keep Until I Delete, for just such an emergency. Normally. But, of course, that unit had started exhibiting a weird issue where the on-screen Guide would be fine, but the scheduler would be complaining it was running out of data. Like this morning the scheduler was complaining it'd be out by 10/7, but the on-screen guide went out to 10/12. I figure this was database corruption and everything else I've tried didn't fix it, so, since it was only my backup unit, I took drastic action. Can you guess what I did? Yeah, less that 12 hours ago I did a Clear and Delete Everything. So all my 'backup' recordings? Gone too.

I'm so very happy at this moment.

Some of the content I might be able to grab from sites like Hulu, some I might be able to buy from Amazon VOD, but I'm just SOL on a lot of it.

I doubt there is any warranty on the My DVR Expander either.

After checking Amazon VOD, Hulu, ComedyCentral.com, and CBS.com these are the programs I can't readily replace (that I care about enough to want to - and honestly I won't be crushed if I can't find Criss Angel or Fight Quest):
9/14 Code Geass "Battle for Kyushu"
9/14 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit "Torogai's Letter"
9/15 Gurren Lagan "Simon, Hands Off"
9/15 Gurren Lagan "Yoko, Will You Do Me A Favor?"
9/21 Code Geass "Declaration at the School Festival"
9/21 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit "Secret Step, the Blue Hand"
9/22 Gurren Lagan "Everybody, Eat to Your Heart's Content"
9/22 Gurren Lagan "How Are You, Everyone?"
9/24 Criss Angel Mindfreak "Car Wreck Vanish"
9/26 Fight Quest "Thailand"
9/27 Fight Quest "India"
9/29 The Big Bang Theory "The Codpiece Topology"
9/29 Gurren Lagan "I'll Head Towards Tomorrow"
9/29 Gurren Lagan "Entire Polysynthesis"
9/30 Fringe "The Arrival" (Should hit Amazon VOD soon.)

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solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: October 1st, 2008 08:10 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have "No Reservations" for Thailand and India. I'm sure that's close enough to "Fight Quest" to cover that for you.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 1st, 2008 08:28 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh - A better show really, but not quite the same thing. ;-)
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: October 1st, 2008 08:36 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
How tied are you to legality?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 1st, 2008 08:39 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's my preference, but if I can't find a way I'm morally bankrupt enough to try BitTorrent and the like.