thank you for the comments so far. After hearing all the pros, I have decided to ressurect my beloved 5040 and try to replace my hard drive. I will keep the idea of buying a preprogramed hard drive in mind if I am unable to do this.
So here are a few questions I have:
So I went to tiger direct and they sold me a
--- wd caviar se 160gb eide hd 7200/8mb/ata-100 --- they told me it was western digital and I asked if it ran hot ( because I read that somewhere) and they said no, it would be fine in my dvr. They also sold me a 2.0 ide adapter ( because I told them I was really scared
of opening up my computer to format the thing) BTW I couldn't find a HD with 5400rpm. They said they don't make those anymore. Were they lying to me??
#1- So is this above Hard drive compatable? I don't think I will be able to return it once I open it up and start trying to put a patch on it and stuff.
#2- Will I get shocked if I don't ground myself? IF yes, please tell me how to ground myself. ( sorry if this is a stupid questions) I told you i was tech- challenged.
#3 - If I connect my new HD to this adapter and then to the computer will there be steps to walk me thru everything or do I need to write a bunch of stuff down before I get started?
someone shed some light on the subject please oh please and I will be most grateful.
Thanks in advance