Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by GregMacMan, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. CIR-Engineering

    CIR-Engineering Video Calibration & Electronics Repair Engineer

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    In my experience changing the hard drive does not result in the TiVo updating from TE3 to TE4. Whatever version was on before the swap stays.

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  2. Jan 8, 2019 #342 of 818
    dwl2

    dwl2 New Member

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    Thank you for this post with pictures and your follow up posts.
    Thanks to you my upgrade, (just like yours) (8tb) (hole in back for the same type sata cables you got), is coming right alone.
    I am retired and this is my project (one of many) for fun.
    There are many other posts that help out too, but yours should be part some type of a of a sticky thread.
    Thank You!

     
  3. Jan 8, 2019 #343 of 818
    kdc914

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    4TB WD Red is a 3.5" drive, yes? So I presume you cable to an external case for the drive? Or is there actually room for a 3.5" drive inside the Bolt but they ship with 2.5"?
     
  4. Jan 9, 2019 #344 of 818
    elorimer

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    Mine was the 2.5" version 4TB WD Red.
     
  5. kdc914

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    hmm... Perhaps WD quit making that. Even on WD's own website, the red series only has one 2.5" and that's a 1TB. :-(
     
  6. idontknowhowtotype

    idontknowhowtotype New Member

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    Other forums have stated that the 3tb Toshiba is a good hard drive to use if replacing/upgrading the Tivo. I put one in our Tivo Bolt yesterday after going for a year with the four flashing lights and having to unplug the box for a few seconds to get it going again. After putting in the Toshiba 3tb it downloaded the software and came up and everything is working fine so far. Time will tell. Here's a link to the Toshiba hard drive: Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3.0TB 2.5-inch 15.0mm SATA... at MacSales.com
     
  7. fis

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    Correct. It's a 3.5" drive. I had a terrible experience with the Toshiba 3TB drive and an even worse experience with Toshiba's warranty, so I moved up to the WD Red. My Bolt is in a cabinet, so I wasn't concerned with appearances.

    Using a 3.5" is easy. I just removed the Bolt's cover, left the original 500GB drive completely in place, unplugged the SATA cable, and ran a different SATA cable to the 3.5" drive.

    You can use an enclosure, but anything that provides power to the drive will do the trick just as well.
     
  8. ncbill

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    Can I still downgrade from Hydra if I upgrade the drive on a Tivo Bolt Vox 500GB?

    Got it on a promotion & just got in one of the recommended 2.5", 3TB drives to upgrade it, but I won't if I'm stuck with Hydra.
     
  9. Mikeguy

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    Yep.
     
  10. multiple

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    Just purchased 3 5 GB Seagate Barracuda ST5000LMO to replace all my 4 GB WD drives that all failed on the latest TE4 update. Rakuten has them for $129 - 15% using a coupon. Seems to be working ok so far. I think this is now the largest PMR 2.5" drive.
     
  11. dilsingh

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    When using an external 3.5 HDD With the TIVO bolt in a self-powered enclosure, what is the maximum size of the SATA drive that one can use?

    Specifically, can one use a 10 TB drive ?
     
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  12. global_dev

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    good to go for 8tb, i think someon tried to expand to 10, but can't recall outcome

    check the msfr thread MFS Reformatter (mfsr)
     
  13. Kishore

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    I am on TE4 -- now using 5TB Seagate 2.5" which replaced 4TB WD (and was not working on TE4). So far no issues :)

    Bought 10TB Easystore on ebay today- may go external but I will have to revert to TE3.

    Regards,
    Kishore
     
  14. dilsingh

    dilsingh New Member

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    Kishore I have a 10TB external HDD with its own Power supply that I may try one of these days. However, I am not familiar with the TE3 terminology. I have a TIVO Bolt which I bought from Tivo about 6 months ago. The company is working on a 14 TB HDD, and I think that one day we will have huge capacity Solid State drives, well over 14 TB, but these will be expensive!
     
  15. Kishore

    Kishore New Member

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    TE4 is latest UI/App -not sure if you have it already enabled by default (or you activated app on Tivo- new experience) typically 21.8.3.x (on my bolt). TE3 earlier version 20.7.x I believe. TE4 has new UI which is snappy (and I prefer) but there are pros/cons based on what you did before (or used to). You can downgrade from TE4 to TE3 or update from TE3 to TE4 but you will lose all your recordings on the drive in either of this step.

    You can look up @Tivogre detailed posting above/earlier on using extended sata cable connected to 8TB HD drive.

    Regards,
    Kishore
     
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  16. toricred

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    You only lose the recordings when downgrading from TE4 to TE3. The other way the recordings are preserved.
     
  17. elorimer

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    Yes, but you want to pull recordings off before you upgrade to TE4. If you put in a new drive, upgrade, and it doesn't work, then you have to downgrade again and everything is lost. You have to be prepared to lose everything...
     
  18. shwru980r

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    With the bolt, once you replace the current drive with a new drive, you can never access the recordings from the previous drive ever again. If you reinstall the previous drive, the bolt will format the drive and you will lose all the recordings.
     
  19. jccfin

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    Do we still need to run the MFSR for Bolt 2TB updates or can we just put in the new drive and it will work?
     
  20. ggieseke

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    You don't need MFSR for drives up to 3TB.
     

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