Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

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  1. Dec 5, 2019 #661 of 713
    JoeKustra

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    Sorry. I don't have a Bolt. I only have basic Roamio boxes which never go faster than 100Mbps. BTW, all Online does is send the command to your To Do List. Bolt to Bolt speeds of over 300Mbps have been posted.
     
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    bobfrank

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    I know that the transfers don't go through Tivo.com, they're just initiated there. I just wanted to report all the variables. The transfer is between he same two boxes, Roameo --> Bolt, so the only other difference is both are not on TE3. I also know the Bolt hardware is faster. That probably explains the faster speeds there.
     
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    Phasers

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    As an update to this, I got the drive, installed in a downgraded TE3 Bolt Vox, unplugged at first guided setup screen, plugged to PC and ran MFSR, put back into Tivo, ran guided setup, then upgraded back to TE4 (Hydra) with no issues.

    I pulled S.M.A.R.T. stats on the drive while it was plugged into the PC and it had about ~1,350 hours of power on time in the counter. So about ~56 1/2 days. Overall very light usage IMO.
     
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    Mikeguy

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    Nice--thanks for the follow-up report. And the drive is still available. :) Almost tempted to pick one up as a reserve drive.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2019 #665 of 713
    Phasers

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    Update: Drive failing after less than 48 hours in the TiVo. Keeps making a squeaking noise and TiVo keeps rebooting/freezing randomly. Had to revert to factory drive.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2019 #666 of 713
    aaronwt

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    I've had almost fifty months on a 4TB drive that has been in Bolts since October 2015. Still working fine in a Bolt with Hydra.

    I am curious how long it will last. But it is still getting a workout. Recording dozens of programs for around twenty hours each day.

    Sent from my Nexus 7(16GB)
     
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    Mikeguy

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    :( That's not amusing. Does that mean it goes back to the seller (for a replacement?)?
    As I'm too lazy to research it, which manf./model is it? Do I recall correctly that you were an outlier and that it's a shingled drive?
     
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    aaronwt

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    Yes it was shingled drive with I think firmware 0001. From a Seagate external drive that I pulled the drive out of. People with later firmware versions had a bunch of issues.

    And I did have a second one that had issues two years ago. But so far this one has been fine. I will run it until it dies. And if/when it does I will just replace it with one of the five, 500GB stock Bolt drives I have lying around.

    Although I do have some shows on there that I would like to watch sometime. That can't be transferred off the box because they were on a Fox owned channel or HBO owned channel.
     
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    Mikeguy

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    Mukwonago

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    I'm going external. Drive should be here tomorrow. A WD 3TB Red. Going to power it externally and modify the case a tad to get the cable through.
     
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    Looking forward to your feedback. :thumbsup: Wish there was still a 3TB version.

    All of the reviews on Amazon are positive, posted by folks that have installed them in Bolts:

    TOSHIBA MQ03ABB200 2.5 2TB 5400RPM SATA
     
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  14. Mikeguy

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    The Toshiba 3TB 2.5" hard drive still is around, but at higher prices. An exception: Grooves.land, located in Germany and the UK and selling worldwide with free shipping, per the item page, with a great price if it's all true and the drive is in stock. Toshiba - MQ03ABB300 - Festplatte - 3TB - intern - 6,4 cm (2.5") - SATA 6Gb/s - 5400 U/min - Puffer: 16MB (MQ03ABB300) - Toshiba Hardware/Electronic Grooves Inc.
     
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    Can't go wrong... I just crossed over 3 years of always-on service in my Bolt with my Toshiba 2TB. Still going strong. I'll probably run it for another year or two before I clone it to a new a drive.
     
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  17. Mukwonago

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    I'm on day 1 of my Bolt Vox, on Spectrum, with a 3TB WD RED drive external. So far so good. It took 2 calls to Spectrum to get it all working. The reps at Spectrum were very helpful, but the Tuner Assist is was required a second call. I had a solid light after the first call though, so not sure why/what really happened. I can't hear any noise from the WD Drive. It's literally sitting in the cabinet with the Bolt, no case at all. I also installed a Mini at the same time, house has Ethernet everywhere so that was fairly simple.
     
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    Mike, Are you on TE3 or TE4? I saw a report from someone installing a new MQ03ABB300 that their Bolt is longer booting on TE4. I know this is/was a very popular drive, so if this drive is now affected by TE4, I would expect to see a lot of reports of failures.
     
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  19. Mikeguy

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    TE3 here, and also wondering if TE4 "plays nice" with the drive.
     
  20. Phasers

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    I'll let you both know on the 2TB version of the drive as soon as it comes in (hopefully later today).
     

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