Hello! long time listener, first time caller... I have an aging Dish 501 DVR. It has lasted me well and I have been fine with its limited features. However, the internal drive is getting closer and closer to failure. I recognize the tell tale "click! click!" sound of a failing hard drive and do not know how much longer it will last. It has been this way for close to a year slowly getting worse and worse resulting in more and more glitches while viewing tv. Last year when it first started acting this way I looked into replacing the drive (like so many of my coworkers have done in their Tivos), but was very disappointed to find that it was near impossible to swap out the hard drive of a 501 and have been living with the glitches ever since. Now that is has slowly gotten worse and worse, I know I will have to do some solution soon. When it first started up, I called Dish and asked how much it would be for me to be sent a replacement drive I could swap out. They said they could not do that, but would offer me a free upgrade to a new DVR. The reason I have stuck with the 501 is the lack of fees for this and fees for that. I do not see the point of a new DVR if I will not get any features I use (although dual tuners would be nice) and have to pay monthly fees. :nono: Do any of you have suggestions for a Dish DVR to replace the 501 that would have as few fees as possible? Or can you suggest a way to replace the dying drive with a new one? Right now, it seems my best bet is to cross my fingers and get a 501 off eBay and use my smart card in it. Thank you.