Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

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

  1. Apr 2, 2019 #441 of 607
    Hamstring

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    I did. I had it set up and paired with Comcast. Then I took it down and swapped the drive. Everything worked fine. It’s a cheaper looking/feeling device but more solid.
     
  2. Apr 3, 2019 #442 of 607
    sg6969

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    I received my Bolt today and the date on my box says April 12, 2018


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  3. Apr 3, 2019 #443 of 607
    NIN7474

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    Thanks. So I guess most Renewed Bolt Vox’s are about a year old.
    I paired up my Comcast Cablecard online at 1am and it worked.
    Good luck with the 3tb HD upgrade. My 1tb has been fine so far except that one issue. I think it was because of it being on High Power Saving mode.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2019 #444 of 607
    sg6969

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    I’m setting it up as I type! I’m going to setup and run it for a day or two, then do the swap. I’m glad yours worked out.


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  5. Apr 3, 2019 #445 of 607
    sg6969

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    Well everything went well! TiVo setup was a breeze. I did have about a 40 min telephone conversation with Spectrum regarding re-pairing the cable card from my Premier to the Bolt. But it ended up getting done. So I’m happy! Will do the HD swap on Friday or Sat.


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  6. Apr 4, 2019 #446 of 607
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    ok, so I received my Bolt Vox and a Seagate Barracuda 5TB Drive that I intended to set up for The Rib's parents, but then the HDD upgrade choices seem so limited, that I think I'm going to order the Roamio 6 tuner instead and send this one back.

    Somebody talk me out of this decision today please?

    Number one goal for me is to have a very low maintenance trouble free device--they are in their 80's, and too much of this thread talks about the troubles with Seagate drives, difficulty of finding the WD drives, etc. I'm not excited about having to drill a hole in the new case to run a cable to an external drive case...
     
  7. Apr 4, 2019 #447 of 607
    lamont

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    For what it's worth, I just installed the WDBMYH0020BNC in a TiVo Bolt+ and it's performing well. This was actually a downgrade from the 3TB WD Blue WD30NPRZ that came stock with the Bolt+. That drive died after just 18 months of use and the 2TB WD Blue was the best I could find on short notice from a local retailer.

    Update May 22, 2019: After 7 weeks the Bolt+ began acting up while recording and playing back from the WDBMYH0020BNC drive. It's clearly a disk problem but I can't definitively blame the WD Blue. Maybe this TiVo is defective and will kill any drive inserted. I'm done with it and will exchange the whole unit.
     
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  8. ClefCruiser

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    At one place in the forum it was mentioned about a green mode needing to be disabled that stopped drive parking- Is this still a thing? I just took advantage of the Bolt OTA promo (-0- down, $14.95/mo for 2yrs) and am finally looking at eventually moving away from my 2 Premier boxes, XL and std, both HDD upgraded, and amazingly still going! I am looking at the OTA as my path away from cable to streaming and broadcast - I ordered the Toshiba 3tB from MacSales, as the 23 pages here suggest while some have had trouble, it seems to be the overall best option, and it was only $147 2-day shipping- I will start this dude out in my ToyHauler/RV (which stays on my LAN when parked at home- so I can transfer recordings to it from the Premier-XL) And moving the Std Premier into the house (from the RV) until I shut it on down. At some point if this cord-cut goes well, I might look at another Bolt and do the external drive, 8tb option with it, especially if the XL dies. Has anyone added the cablecard slot to an OTA yet? Is that even an option?
     
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  9. Jul 4, 2019 #449 of 607
    ClefCruiser

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    So the back in April, pulled the trigger on the Bolt-OTA promo- their 1tb OTA for $14.95/mo x24 mo, did the 3tb toshiba drive and it worked so well I went ahead and jumped on the Bolt-VOX promo that followed, also in April. I ended up doing the 8tb WD-Purple in an external enclosure, I use it to "collect" all the programming and then transfer (what isn't copy-protected) to the OTA in the RV- it all works GREAT! but I think the HUGE lists of programming are screwing with the TiVo Online app! I have had to reset the "to-do" and guide list on the OTA once because it quit taking the transfers! But even so, It is sure a great setup!
     
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  10. Jul 8, 2019 #450 of 607
    sg6969

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    I finally did the HD swap! It went well following the video on YouTube! It’s booting up now. I had to call Spectrum to re-pair the cable card. And that went surprisingly well! Here are two pics showing the increase in HD space.



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    JoeKustra

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    Your old drive shows your TSN. That's not a good idea.
     
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    sg6969

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    Thanks I didn’t see that.


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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079BQS5WQ/
     
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  15. leiff

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    Thanks for the link to the 2 terabyte drive on Amazon for $75. I picked the same drive up from Amazon around this price last year for one of my two bolts.
    Did I hear they stopped making these things? Does that mean if I don't buy now im unlikely to find another sale 4 similar Drive later? I'd rather have larger size Drive but the only one I hear about is the Toshiba which seems very hard to come by? I know there's other threads about it, but how hard is it to get external enclosure for 3.5 size drives which are much cheaper and more reliable?Secondarily I'm wondering if now is a good time to pick up one of these as a spare for my parents bolt + in case their internal 3 tb Drive fails. Wondering if anyone knows if it's likely to see similar prices again anytime soon for this drive after these are gone?
     
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  16. Mikeguy

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    When I checked a few weeks back, the Toshiba 2.5" 3TB drive (no longer being manufactured) still could be found, albeit not at the old stand-by places, and the price is a bit more now.

    Per TiVo earlier, one of the reasons it is not currently selling the 3TB Bolt is that the original WD drive no longer is available and TiVo has not sourced a replacement. WeaKnees still has the drive, as part of its $299.99 (ouch) upgrade kit.

    Update: I just checked for sources for the Toshiba drive and it is back in stock at macsales.com, one of the earlier sources for the drive (macsales had run out of stock earlier). And the price is at a nice (for a 2.5" internal drive) $138.99 (free shipping available; + tax, if applicable), which is what I believe macsales.com had been charging earlier, or thereabouts. @leiff, something to consider. Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3.0TB 2.5-inch 15.0mm SATA... at MacSales.com

    Also, a couple of "open box" Toshiba drives currently on eBay at $104.98 (with free ship), one with 0 hours use, 1 with 21 hours; near the end of the warranty period. Toshiba MQ03ABB300 | eBay
     
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  17. leiff

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    Thanks for the link to the eBay open box 3 tb Toshiba for $105. Unfortunately $10 sales tax in California. Further investigation reveals Samsung pay on my phone has 4% off eBay gift cards so I decided to go for the open box from eBay thanks!!! Two months of warranty on it. hopefully I can put it through its Paces before then. They can't alter the operating hours from the list description can they? I bought this because there was only 20 hours operating listed
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    I hope that it works out well for you! I think that the amount of use is a material term of the sale, and so it shouldn't be veered away from or you would have an eBay guarantee claim (does a hard drive keep a record of the amount of its use, and can a diagnostic tool reveal that?). But are you sure that you purchased the one that has hours on it? That eBay listing is still there right now--it's the listing with 0 hours of use that ended in a sale a few hours ago. ;) Even the 20-hour drive: that's less than a day of TiVo use, lol.

    I picked the same drive up a few months ago on eBay, at around this price as well. I had lucked into an individual seller with good ratings who had purchased the drive from macsales.com (above)--whom I was looking at for buying from--but who never had installed it, as it was the wrong size for his purposes and he never got around to returning it. I even got the original sales receipt, in case I need it for warranty purposes. Knock wood, it's been a steady performer. :) (As you are planning to do, I installed it when I received it, to make sure that it was ok, in case I needed to rely on the warranty or eBay's 30-day money back guarantee policy.)
     
  19. leiff

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    Yeah you're right I bought the one with 0 hours on it. I just wonder how reliable that # is...
     
  20. leiff

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    I was wondering if anyone here has opinions on the value of sleep function on bolt and if a larger capacity Drive may play into that decision in any way. Most of the time my TiVo is not being used at all which is the main reason I have my bolts on high power saving mode so it is in sleep the majority of the time but now that I'm upgrading to a 3tb drive, I start to wonder if it would be better for the bigger drive that I keep the disk running all the time instead of using power-saving sleep. I remember people speculating the spin up spin down may affect a larger drive more possibly due to more power needed to move the larger size Drive? All speculation I suppose
     

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