Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

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

  1. pl1

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    I bought one off of Amazon (I had gift certificates to burn) and they are charging $59.99 shipped by the same company. The 3 year warranty is honored by the company, which is great. The drive is whisper quiet and cool. With an additional fan, my Bolt is currently 37 ODT.
     
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  2. richsadams

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    Sweet! Looks like Amazon has the Toshiba MQ03ABB200 as well, just in case ($54.99 w/free shipping at the moment). I like their 30 day no questions asked return policy.

    https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-MQ03...ords=Toshiba+MQ03ABB200&qid=1577316161&sr=8-3
     
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  3. richsadams

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    I happened to stumble across the coveted Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3TB HDD 2.5" on eBay just now. $120 shipped from California:

    Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3 TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive 15mm 696859079580 | eBay

    I don't know anything about the seller, but they've been on eBay since 2000 and have a 99.3% rating from over 67,000 buyers. The listing says they still have seven more.

    So although I just replaced our Bolt+ I went ahead and ordered one as a backup. I still have the Bolt+ on TE3 so I might try slipping it in to see how it does and report back.

    That's a little more than @Mikeguy found them for at the German supplier, but worth a try I guess.
     
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  4. Mikeguy

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    Both of those are super deals, and the 3TB reflecting the low price from earlier, when it was more available! :up: Would be tempted to pick up one or the other as a backup as well.
     
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  5. Mikeguy

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    Just came across the UK/German seller, grooves.land, on eBay, selling the MQ03ABB300 hard drive for ~$147 there (its current website price at grooves.land: ~$110). The company indeed seems to be legit., getting a 99.1% positive rating over more that 200,000 transactions. eBay Feedback Profile for groovesland
     
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  7. Mikeguy

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    Absolutely. I just was interested to see the eBay status and feedback, not having come across this company before and wondering if it is legit.--good to see that it is, and a seeming good source for the drive.
    And with the advantage of the seller being U.S. domestic, should there be any issue with the drive and a need to return it (and with the eBay buyer protections there as well).
     
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  8. richsadams

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    While supplies last as they say. ;)

    The drives carry a three-year warranty, but I wonder if either seller is an authorized Toshiba retailer and if that still applies? And then, if the drive goes south, what would Toshiba do since the 3TB drive is no longer manufactured?
     
  9. Mikeguy

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    I've wondered those same things--hopefully, I'll never need to know with my own drive. :) Do warranties only apply for "authorized retailers"?
     
  10. richsadams

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    That's been my experience, but I've never had a Toshiba drive go bad!
     
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    Is there any reason I could not just yank out the old 500GB Bolt hard drive and use this WD 3.5" drive (uses 4.1 watts idle and 4.4 watts writing/reading) directly into the SATA port inside the tivo assuming I am leaving the Bolt cover off the unit so it will fit? I would just have it lay next to it close enough that the Tivo SATA cable in there will reach or just get a little extension SATA cable if it needs to be a little longer and not sit loosely where the old 2.5" was.

    This is the drive: https://amzn.to/2FFfCV7

    I've read people using externals because of the power requirements but also now reading the Tivo SATA port should be able to power a drive up to 5 watts on its own so wouldn't even need the enclosure if this is the case. This would just be a quick easy way to McGyver it together since it's in a closet and I don't care if the cover is off and a drive hangs out loose. Aesthetics are meaningless. Pure function over form. Thoughts?
     
  13. Phasers

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    I've read that not all drives work with TE4. Not sure about the above WD Purple drive.
     
  14. jcliff

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    Is there a reason you wouldn't just buy a 2.5" drive to begin with?

    One reason not to use that drive is because it's geared for CCTV. Drives like that are tweaked with the assumption that ~90% of the time will be writing data, and only a very small percentage of time reading data.
     
  15. marcv

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    yes. It seems 3GB 2.5” drives that work or are available now are in short supply. I bought this one because it is PMR so figured it would work ok. This drive will be writing constantly with the four tuners and only reading one. Hopefully it can keep up. I have the drive and enclosure in house now but have not done the drive swap yet
     
  16. jcliff

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    I gotcha.

    I decided to roll the dice and upgrade on of my Bolts with a dreaded Seagate SMR drive that I bought off eBay for $80:

    https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-External-Drive-Portable/dp/B07MY44VNM/

    So far it seems to be working and I've even tried stressing it by recording on all tuners. I guess we'll really see as time passes and the drive fills up. This is on my bedroom/secondary Bolt so if it dies then it's not a disaster. And I'll have done it for SCIENCE.

    I also bought one of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08231HZPW/

    Which is the Toshiba MQ03ABB200 2TB drive mentioned by Phasers, just via GoHardDrive's Amazon listing. At $50 it's hard to resist, especially since the 3TB version seems to sell for ~$130.

    I haven't installed it yet, but it seems legit. Despite being discontinued, it appears that the batch of drives GoHardDrive is selling are in "new"/unused condition. Here's CrystalDiskInfo:

    toshiba.png
     
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