Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

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

  1. Mar 7, 2019 #381 of 607
    Mikeguy

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    And yet, at least in the past, it has been the most consistently recommended replacement drive here.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2019 #382 of 607
    shwru980r

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    Only 10 total reviews. 4 were drive failures. Too few reviews to make a judgment, in my opinion.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2019 #383 of 607
    Mikeguy

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    I could swear that there was another Amazon listing earlier, with many more reviews and more positives. The 2 reviews at MacSales.com are 5-stars, with one mentioning TiVo use. ;)
     
  4. Mar 7, 2019 #384 of 607
    JohnnyO

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    That listing only has 10 reviews. Hard to get a reading on such a small sample size. Remember too, those that don't have issues are much less likely to post a review.

    Admitting a bit of confirmation bias, but I did buy the 3TB Toshiba from Other World Computing/MacSales. We shall see how it does over time.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2019 #385 of 607
    V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    I have had the 3 TB Toshiba in a Bolt for 2 years without a single problem so far. That Bolt is ONLY running TE3, and I will NOT ever install TE4 on it as long as I have a choice.

    Do note that many Bolts that were working fine with upgraded drives suddenly refused to boot after last year's TE4 update. I do not know which drive models have been documented with this problem, and it is not worth my time to look them up, but there are many threads here about the problem. In virtually every case I remember, reverting the Bolt to TE3 solved the problem, proving that the issue was NOT with the drives. Perhaps some of those bad reviews were caused by TiVo TE4 garbage software and not the drives?
     
  6. Mar 8, 2019 #386 of 607
    Mikeguy

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    My recollection and understanding from posts at the time is that this was affecting certain non-Toshiba drives--I generally was not seeing the issue being reported as to the Toshiba 3TB.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2019 #387 of 607
    Dschelsea82

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    I upgraded the Bolt with a 3tb WD30EZRX in an external enclosure. The drive has its own power. I shaved down the end of the sata cable, pulled back the plastic and metal of the tivo and pushed it through and over the USB. Better than cutting into the case and voiding the warranty. Took about 20 min.
     

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  8. Mar 9, 2019 #388 of 607
    jrinco11

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    ah thanks for that info! Been debating looking for a 2.5" drive, hoping it works, etc vs cutting the case (and losing warranty) and going with an ext 3.5" -- your way is just what I was hoping to find a way to do!
     
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    in fact, which external cases are you guys using for 3.5" drives? I can't seem to find any that have a separate connection for data and power, meaning, can't find any that would allow running a sata cable separate from power (case powers the drive, then use your own sata cable from tivo->drive)?

    edit: re-reading through this thread - looks like finding an IDE enclosure is the way to go, since that necessarily needs two separate connections for data and power
     
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  10. rdrrepair

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    yep, got this one in mine, rock solid.
     
  11. JHawk

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    Been reading through this and other threads and need some help...
    My current setup is Bolt and 1TB DVR expander. My wife's love for the Hallmark channels has led to the drives on occasion getting to 80% or more. When that happens the picture becomes quite pixelated. I have no faith in the DVR expander as I had one catch on fire that was hooked to another tivo. So here's my questions...
    1) I understand the preferred upgrade is the 3TB Toshiba drive (damn they seem pricey) done internally. I've done a Roamio upgrade so I'm certain I can do this. I realize I need to transfer all her recorded shows before doing this upgrade.
    2) If I decide to go the external drive route I'm still not certain about which hard drive to use. If I go over 3TB do I have to reformat the drive? Am I correct I have to bypass the esata port on the back of the Bolt and plug directly into the motherboard for that to work. I believe I read that someone loosened the back and top of the Bolt and plugged the the cable into the motherboard. How hard is that to do? Can someone explain that in detail?
    3) Would something like this work as an external drive? https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-eas...-3-0-hard-drive-black/5792401.p?skuId=5792401
    TIA,
    JHawk
     
  12. krkaufman

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    The drive that is INSIDE that WD easystore *might* be usable, but the external won't be usable as-is, since it's a USB connection. You'll need a direct SATA connection between the drive and the SATA port on the BOLT motherboard.

    And, yes, use of any drive over 3TB will require use of MFS Reformatter to format the drive.

    You may want to review:
    And strictly for sport:
     
  13. JHawk

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    kr....thank you for your timely and insightful response. I really appreciate it! After reading the suggested material it is clear to me that I'll bite the bullet and do the internal drive. It looks very similar to the Roamio update I did. I'll stick with the 3TB so no reformating. Plus now that Hallmark has booted Lori Loughlin maybe the number of shows to record will go down :) Thanks again!
     
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  14. NIN7474

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    Hi everyone.
    Been following this thread because I got in on the March Madness deal. Receiving a Bolt Vox 500gb All-in soon.
    I would like to upgrade it to the WD 2tb WD20NPVZ that everyone recommends but I can only find it used/like new on Amazon for $164.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NLR34Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_j1tMCb1JDE9GV
    Do you think I should get it used/like new or another 2tb HD that some can recommend for the Bolt Vox.
    (Has a Roamio that I upgraded years ago so i’m kinda familiar with doing this)
     
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  16. NIN7474

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    That’s what I thought also for a used HD.
    Someone else mentioned I can get a WD 1tb instead.
    This blue one
    WD Blue 1TB https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C9TEBJQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_s6uMCb9ZBRA0V
    Or this red one
    WD Red 1TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EHBES1U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_P8uMCbP9BJ9GP
    So that would be a cheaper option but obviously smaller HD.
    Opinions on going that route?
     
  17. Tony_T

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    Those are probably SMR drives and should be avoided for TiVo.
     
  18. NIN7474

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    I picked those drives because someone else here used them. That’s why I think they’re safe and not SMR.
    Edit, found the post and asked them.
     
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  19. NIN7474

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    Is the 1tb HD still working?
     
  20. NIN7474

    NIN7474 New Member

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    Is it still working fine?
    I’m going to use Hydra though. Think that’ll be a issue using the WD10JUCT?
     

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