4 Lights Flashing on Bolt

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by JOSHSKORN, May 14, 2016.

  1. tommage1

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    The Toshiba is a good choice, proven to work TE3 and TE4 and it's a CMR drive. I'd grab a spare while you can at that price. Of course could always do the external if no longer available.

    Interesting they say a 3 year warranty on a refurbished drive. I'd double check that if important to you. Also someone here posted Toshiba warranties are kinda funky. They said Toshiba goes by how long the drive has been used. So if used 2 years you'd get like 1 year of "credit" or something like that, based on current prices. I did not check further, just sounded not so great, if a drive fails within warranty I would hope for a replacement drive myself.
     
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  2. rkshack

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    I had the same thing happend again. Offered refurb edge for 199. I have tivo bolt + so 3tb. What are the options at least that big? It looks hard to find options in stock.
    Thanks

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  3. tommage1

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    Well if you need 3TB or more I'd suggest going external with 3.5 CMR drive. There are no CURRENT model 2.5 CMR drives even close to that size. Maybe a couple older model drives (one is a Toshiba, you should be able to find the model number in TC, similar number to the 2TB listed in this thread.) There are some SMR drives that seem to work, for now, unsure how long they would last.

    If your device has lifetime and they offered you an Edge for $199 and that includes the transfer of lifetime not a bad deal. If you want an Edge ;) How old is your Bolt, if they offered $199 I'd guess 3-4 years since that is the continual care price for 3-4 year old devices.
     
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    Thanks. It is 3+ years old. That is what they offered. I was about to take the offer but I wanted to make sure since I had not done any research yet. Are there smr that are proven to work at least for now. If you use an external drive is that to replace the internal or addition to internal?

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  5. tommage1

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    Well depends on what you mean "proven to work". There are some that will boot up and function. How long they will last is yet to be determined. There is a 2.5 SMR 5TB Seagate some have been using. Don't know the specific model number (and specific model is important) but should be able to find in the community. It's not a "retail" drive, think it is a pull from some other device so would have to get from a 3rd party seller, maybe ebay?

    The external will replace the internal drive. And lots of choices, up to at least 14TB. I did a thread on how I did it. If you follow what I did, specifically (like buying the exact enclosure I used) and go Sata to Sata (not Sata to Esata) and use a CMR drive (WD purples are good) it works. Variations may or may not work. Does work with TE3 also.

    TE4 Bolt upgrade with external drive
     
  6. Rawson819

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    Received my Bolt-replacing Edge on Friday; however, I’m still waiting on the power adapter. The CSR advised the two would ship separately; however the tracking number indicates USPS hasn’t even received the item from TiVo yet, they’ve only received the pre-shipment info, which was back on the 19th. I’m (obviously) anxious to Fire the Edge up, so this waiting is painful!
     
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  7. bobfrank

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    That would replace the internal drive. There are instructions on the forum on how to do it. Before you accept the Edge offer be sure you will be happy being locked in to TE4. You won't be able to use TE3, if that's important to you.
     
  8. Player1138

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    Just picked this one up and plugged it into the Tivo.

    In plugged it in moments ago so hopefully it will start working after a little bit of a wait to allow time to get the software on it.
     
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  9. tommage1

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    There you go :) Current model, CMR, 3 year warranty, quality drive. When up and running please post, just to make SURE. Am curious, did it say "Red" or "Red Plus" on it? In THIS case does not matter, they are both the same drive, just relabeled due to WDs new naming policy for Reds.
     
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  10. Player1138

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    Pretty sure it just said red plus. Sorry did not look closely before closing it all up.

    It all seems to be working, just need to get the cable card figured out.

    However, I am actually going to ditch cable for a few months and try a streaming option...mainly because the cable company is way too expensive for existing customers. So if I leave them for a few months and come back I can get better services for ~$40/month cheaper.
     
  11. tommage1

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    Good idea. As long as they will still provide cable card, many companies are phasing out and will not offer to new accounts, which yours would be if cancelling then coming back.
     
  12. Player1138

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    I have considered that. While I enjoy the TiVo experience with the guide and apps and auto commercial skip end of the day I was not DVRing much anymore. Most of the shows I watch are on Netflix or HBO.
     
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