Bolt hard drive upgrade

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

  1. jccfin

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  2. jlb

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    LOL.....it’s listed as out of stock but look at this seller on Walmart’s site.....[​IMG]


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  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I wonder what the review says?
     
  4. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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  5. ncbill

    ncbill Active Member TCF Club

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    I'm happy to sell anyone the 3TB version (waiting to be installed in my 500GB Bolt) for half that price.
     
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  7. Brian Docili

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    Since Hard drives are always changing their model numbers, I thought I would add a 2020 example that worked.

    First of all, like many of you, my viewing pattern has changed. At least 60% of shows I watch are on Netflix/Hulu/Prime/AppleTV+ and other streaming services. So, I did not feel that I needed a 3TB drive. 2 TB was more than enough for me. I don't have that many shows to record anymore. Frankly, since my Hulu plan does not have commercials and most of the shows on the major networks are available the next day, even the shows that I am recording on Tivo are somewhat unnecessary. Anyways, my Bolt is brand new. Tivo had a VERY good sale 3 weeks ago for $99 (lifetime service for $249) so I decided, why not? Stopped paying $8/month for my Cable box and $15/month for DVR service. This Tivo will pay for itself quite quickly.

    I decided to do the upgrade of the HDD now, before I had a bunch of shows recorded. It is always painful later. I searched these forums and found a lot of recommendations for 2 primary drives. 1.) Toshiba 3TB. 2.) WD Blue. Both brands seem to have never model numbers than the recommended ones, so I had to try to find the closest thing I could find. I did not want a used drive and everyone seemed to say to stay away from Seagate.

    Here is what I went with:
    Toshiba MQ03ABB200 2TB 5400RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5in (15mm) Mobile Hard Drive - 3
    $60
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08231HZPW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    There are different installation guides out there, but some are on the older models and some are not very clear. This is the one I recommend. This guy is VERY clear and every step is shown perfectly. I watched it once by itself and then just followed along. Super easy, took 10-15 minutes or so (wasn't watching the clock, but it was quick)



    Anyways, it started right up and formatted the drive. It did change the data number on my cable card, so I needed Spectrum to re-activate it...but that was quick. I still don't have a Tuning adapter although I might get one just in case (they are free) but so far, so good. I packaged up my original 500gb drive back in magnetic packaging and lots of bubble wrap. If the new drive ever fails, I will have that to go back to. I hope this information was helpful for any new Bolt users. I know most of you have had your Bolt for years.
     
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  8. spiderpumpkin

    spiderpumpkin Say no to Hydra!

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    For that price I bought an 8TB Western Digital Easystore 3.5TB external drive, removed drive and use it with my Bolt Vox with SATA cable.
     
  9. Brian Docili

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    I am confused by the 2 numbers. The WD Easystore is 8TB or 3.5 TB? Also, I thought the Bolt's limit was 3TB unless you used external tools to format it. How much of your drive is usable for you?
     
  10. dianebrat

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    They used the tools to reformat it, while not hard, it's also not easy. There's a whole cottage industry in the community that are using external high capacity 3.5" drives hooked to the internal SATA port.

    You're on the right path, a 2TB Toshiba for $50 is a perfect upgrade from 500GB and it's a drop in replacement.
     
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  11. ej42137

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    A reasonable person might conclude that "8TB 3.5 inch drive" is what OP meant, since 3.5 TB drives are not a thing. A less generous person than I might infer a certain disingenuousness in your post.
     
  12. Brian Docili

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    Seriously, I didn’t put 2+2 together. I was not being disingenuous. I thought maybe one was an enclosure and one was a drive. I never thought that maybe they meant 3.5”
     
  13. spiderpumpkin

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    Yes, I made a mistake typing that. I meant 3.5" drive. I guess I had TB on my mind when typing.
     

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