Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Mariana trench, JP
More than likely not a heat issue.
The click of death can be random at first (I've seen it happen on drives once or twice and then wait 6 months to a year before returning in full force) but generally, it will simply get progressively worse till the drive simply won't allow the system to load.
Looking at my current HD RMA pile, I have no less than 6 drives under warranty which have the click of death (WD, Seagate, and Maxtor). According to the data recovery company I use, it seems to be associated with bad head/arm actuators and not heat. Now, they also tell me, if the motor fails to spin up or you hear a high-pitched whine, then it is more than likely an over heating issue.
In general, TiVo boxes don't use 7200 or 10,000 RPM drives. While there are (in my view - bizarre!) claims that the faster RPM drives drop frames and cause digital artifacts, I would bet these companies use the slower drives for 3 main reasons: Cost, Noise, and Heat. The drive you have is more than likely a Maxtor 80Gb, 5400 RPM, 2Mb Cache, AV drive.
If you have an open ticket (the # used for your RMA) at Pioneer, and the problem persists, make sure that you ask for a manager next time and demand that all shipping costs be covered by them until the problem is resolved. Most large companies have open accounts with FedEx or UPS, and all you will need is an authorization number from Pioneer to have it shipped back. I have had to do this with several companies over RMAs and it usually requires a managers approval.
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