Now It Is Time To Remove The Cover And Get Started!
Remove The Cover
If you did not read the disclaimer above, please take the time to do so now.
Also, one ADDITIONAL WARNING: there is an UNSHIELDED power supply inside the TiVo that could result in a strong electric shock and/or serious injury if you touch it!! Even with the unit unplugged, there is the chance that you could sustain an electric shock that may cause serious injury . Additionally, an electric charge could be conducted through you to a component inside the TiVo, which could ruin your TiVo unit. This warning also assumes that the person following the instructions in this article understands the basic principles of electrical conductivity, such as the fact that water and certain metals conduct electricity (i.e., no wet hands, foods or liquids near anything electrical, do not stand on a wet surface when working with anything electrical, keep metal tools away from electrical sources), and that standard electric static discharge (ESD) precautions should be followed. Tom's Hardware specifically disclaims any and all liability for personal injury to you and for any property damage that might result.
With the warnings out of the way, go ahead and unplug the TiVo from the electrical outlet, grab your T10 Torx screwdriver, and pop the top off the unit. Remove the three T10 Torx screws that actually touch the cover from the back of the TiVo. With the screws removed, you can now slide off the cover. More than likely, you will have to use some force to remove the cover. Some people suggest using a flat blade screwdriver to pry the areas where the screws were, to help with the removal of the cover. You can set the unit in your lap with the front facing toward your abdomen. Put the palms of your hands on the sides of the unit with your fingers on the back of the unit. Push away from your body with your palms and toward your body with your fingers. It is possible that the cover will be so tight that you will have no choice but to use a screwdriver to coax it along.
The back of a TiVo; the cover screws are circled in red.