Bolt hard drive upgrade

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by texasPI, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. el-such-n-such

    el-such-n-such New Member

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    I started here:
    A Guide to Upgrading Your Tivo Bolt, Tivo Premiere, Tivo Roamio, Tivo Roamio OTA, Tivo HD, Tivo Series 3 or Tivo Series 2 (Easily upgrade your Tivo Bolt, Roamio or Premiere to 300 Hours+ HD Capacity) - Also includes instructions on how to fix a broken Tivo.

    Bolt Hard Drive Upgrade Choice

    After selecting and purchasing a drive, following the instructions in the first link to install it.

    Then after testing in the Bolt, removed and connected to a PC to expand the drive past 3TB
    MFS Reformatter (mfsr)

    Its easier than it looks, and effort should be rewarded as long as you try to understand what you are doing, and don't rush past what you understand. Verify each step as best you can before moving on to the next. Good Journey.
     
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  2. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    DO NOT USE SEAGATE DRIVES IN A BOLT! At least that is my firm recommendation to anyone that wants to listen!

    Just about everyone who has tried a Seagate 2.5" drive in a Bolt has seen a failure in less than a year. SMR drives do NOT work in a TiVo, at least not for long. I have not bothered to look closely at the drive you linked to above - it is just not worth my time - but it said Seagate on it, and that is enough.

    This information has been documented in about 100 threads here about the problems with Seagate in Bolts. A wise person would not touch one unless they just wanted to experiment and did not care about the expected failure.
     
  3. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    Only 2 left on Amazon
     
  4. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I wonder if the amazon sellers are wondering why that drive is suddenly so popular? I did get one of them myself
     
  5. Phil T

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    Out of stock now.
     
  6. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    This made me smile, on my order page I had this:
    Screenshot_2019-02-25 Order Details.png
     
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  8. Tony_T

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  9. Tony_T

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    Is that an SXPX shingled drive I see? Not a good drive for TiVo.
    Go with a PMR drive, like the WD20NPVZ
     
  10. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I did get one of the $140 ones yesterday
     
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  11. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    Nice!
     
  12. sgstech

    sgstech New Member

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    Mouser Electronics has 28 of the Toshiba MQ03ABB200 drives. I believe this is the 2TB version of the MQ03ABB300 that has been mentioned frequently here. Cost for the 2TB drive is $112. The Toshiba 2TB drive may be of interest if the other models are getting hard to find.

    MQ03ABB200
     
  13. jccfin

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    Now that WD20NPVZ is getting more difficult to come by, anyone know if that drive is being used in some external hard drive configuration? It may even be cheaper like that. We'll just have to yank it out of the container.
     
  14. SteveTV

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  16. SteveTV

    SteveTV New Member

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    How can you tell? Or rather, how can I ensure the drive I end up ordering is PMR?
     
  17. randian

    randian Active Member

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    The very large (128MB) cache is usually the giveaway.
     
  18. steinbch

    steinbch Active Member

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    So I bought a refurb Bolt to replace my month-to-month Bolt+. I'm thinking that it might work out better in the end to swap the hard drives and see what I can get on eBay for the Bolt+ (with 6 tuners and 500GB). I'm assuming that the Bolt+ 3TB drives should be fine to just use in any Bolt, right?
     
  19. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I would assume so, and think that your approach is a good one--just an easier path.
     
  20. Charlie Schroeder

    Charlie Schroeder GBR Guy

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    New hear but not to TiVO. Looking to upgrade the drive on my Bolt and I went out and got a WD20SPZX. Now reading things here tells me this isn't going to work. Luckily I have 15 days to return it.
     

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