New drive arrived
I received the replacement drive today. It appears to be a new exact replacement for the original drive rather that a comparable refurbished model that they sometimes ship for warranty replacements. All of the paperwork seems to indicate that it's a direct warranty replacement with no strings attached or any mention of it coming out of a DirecTivo so it looks like I'm home free.
I swapped out the controller card with the fried drive and reinstalled it in the DSR6000. Everything booted up fine and all of my programs showed up in the Now Playing list. I plan on watching the ones I don't intend to archive and then make a backup copy of the drive containing the shows I want to save. I can then swap the controller card back to the new drive and return my old one to Maxtor. I believe I have 30 days to return the old drive or I get charged for the new one.
I already went ahead an bought a replacement 40GB Maxtor 5400 rpm drive to use while waiting for the new drive to arrive. I'm currently having a problem using jdiner's TyTool application for extracting and splitting the recorded programs on my PC. Once I have purged all of the excess programs from the old Quantum drive, I plan on copying the backup to the new drive until such time as I can extract and split the files correctly. I'll probably continue to use the Maxtor in the DTivo since it's working just fine at the moment.
I guess the key to getting a new drive is just finding a Maxtor rep that doesn't know what a DirecTivo is! So far this looks like it's going to have a happy ending.
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