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Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

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

  1. Apr 9, 2018 #81 of 231
    Mikeguy

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    Yep: up to and including 3TB, the Bolt does all the formatting, etc. automatically. Over 3TB, you need to format the drive yourself as part of the process (easy enough to do--the tool is available here), but the box does everything else.
     
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  2. Apr 9, 2018 #82 of 231
    Ziggy86

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    Thats great to know. The old units were a pain to format.
     
  3. Apr 12, 2018 #83 of 231
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  4. Apr 13, 2018 #84 of 231
    Tony_T

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    Open Box Returns are a good bet on these drives as a lot of people by them for a laptop and find out that they don't fit in a laptop.
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2018 #85 of 231
    shwru980r

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    Yes, most of the one-star reviews are because the drive would not fit in a laptop. This drive was an old model that was replaced by a model that was 2mm thinner.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2018 #86 of 231
    LVKeith

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    Has anyone tried upgrading a Tivo Bolt VOX (500gb) yet?? I had planned on installing a 2tb WD drive (recommended here) when my warranty is up in a couple of weeks. So today I decided to make sure there was no problem getting the case open and wanted to make sure I had the correct Torx screwdrivers. The instructions that I have state the screw over the HDMI port requires torx 10 or torx 8. On the Vox I found that screw to be much smaller and required a torx 5. After opening the cable card slot I found the 2 screws on the edge which should have required a torx 10 were again smaller and required a torx 8 or even 7. After removing these 3 screws I found it very difficult to pop open the side panel which is the next step, so I just gave up for now. I am wondering if Tivo made some changes to the Vox model to deter upgrading the hard drive.

    If anyone has successfully upgraded a Vox I would appreciate any help and/or comments.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2018 #87 of 231
    Mikeguy

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    Surprising that the screw sizes or anything else with the box might have changed--it has seemed that the only difference between the Bolt Vox and nonVox has been the remote and the software.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2018 #88 of 231
    Tony_T

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    Yeah, I found that the torx driver sizes needed were different than indicated in the youtube instructions (and a security torx not used on my Bolt - A White Bolt).
    You can use old credit cards to pry open, but I used a Spudger
     
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  9. Apr 15, 2018 #89 of 231
    LVKeith

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    Thanks for the info. My bolt is a black Vox 500gb purchased in early Feb. All of the screws that I encountered were much smaller than T10 mentioned in the video. The one on the HDMI port was a T5 which is a very small screw. I did try using the credit cards and small flat screwdriver to no avail. I'm thinking maybe Tivo made some changes in some way to prevent the case from being removed easily. I will try again in a couple of days. Have a bunch of recordings that I don't want to miss. Not feeling very confident that I'll be able to do the upgrade at this point, and don't want to order the drive until I know I can get the case open.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2018 #90 of 231
    Tony_T

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    I have the older White Bolt, so I can only say that other than different torx sizes, the video was an excellent guide and I was able to easily open the case .
     
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  11. Apr 15, 2018 #91 of 231
    LVKeith

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    Thanks again for the info. I'll post here and let you know how things progress with the black bolt.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2018 #92 of 231
    LVKeith

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    Update on Bolt Vox
    I was finally able to get the side top of the case off but it wasn't easy at all. It was impossible to remove using the methods in the YouTube video. I had to use 5 or 6 credit card pieces along with a good bit of pressure. All 4 tabs on the top of the case broke by the middle seam broke off. The original hard drive is a WD AV drive model WD5000LUCT manufactured in August 2017. I did not think WD made the AV drives any longer but they obviously do. Rather than use the WD blue mobile 2Tb drive I had planned on using I'm going to try to find a 2tb AV drive if there is one available. Like I said previously Weaknees says they include a WD AV drive with their 2tb kit but that includes items I don't need and sells for $200 plus shipping. Last but not least, all of the torx screws are not T10 or T8 like the original bolt. Matter of fact the 2 screws inside the cablecard compartment which should have been the same sizes were different sizes - one was t7 and the other was t6 if I remember correctly.
     
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  13. Apr 16, 2018 #93 of 231
    Tony_T

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    I used the WD20NPVZ
    Got it on Amazon.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2018 #94 of 231
    LVKeith

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    That's the one I plan to use if I can't find an AV drive and right now it looks like WD does not make AV drives larger than 500G, Did you have any problems installing the WD20NPVZ?? Did you have to format it or do anything other than just connect the drive?
     
  15. Apr 16, 2018 #95 of 231
    Tony_T

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    No problem installing (just needed to route the WiFi cable a bit to the center (as was noted in the Video)).
    Just connected the drive, didn't need to format (only needed if drive is 4TB or greater).
    My OEM drive was also the WD5000LUCT, (July 2017)
     
  16. Apr 16, 2018 #96 of 231
    Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the update. Would be nice to only have to deal with a few screws. ;)
     
  17. Apr 17, 2018 #97 of 231
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    That's one of the annoying things about the BOLT. Since it uses a 2.5 inch drive instead of 3.5 like the Roamio there are a lot less options.
     
  18. Apr 17, 2018 #98 of 231
    Tony_T

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    IIRC, I read here that Tivo uses the same WD line for the 3t in the Bolt as the 2t WD20NPVZ
     
  19. Apr 18, 2018 #99 of 231
    Sportsnut

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    Any idea where you can buy that one?
     
  20. Tony_T

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    WD20NPVZ Amazon and Macsales
    I never looked for the 3t. Most here use Toshiba for 3t
     

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