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Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by texasPI, Feb 19, 2019.
Well, I popped in a new drive and the 4 flashing lights came back on.
Is it in this list?:
List of drives that don't boot under TE4 21.x on Bolt
Did you try an alternate Power Supply?
Once you connect the new HD, how long does it take the Bolt+ to format it? Hours?
My understanding is that it should only take a few minutes to reformat the new drive.
Just finished installing the 2TB drive recommended in post #47 of this discussion into my Bolt. Easy replacement. About a half hour to go through The guided setup (slowly) and start watching.
EDIT - It looks like I lost the pairing between the cable card and the Bolt. The fun begins trying to get my provider (Optimum) to address this.
UPDATE - After about 8 calls to Optimum and TiVo, I was able to get an Optimum rep to bind my card. FYI - TiVo brings in Optimum’s “Advanced Technical Department” reps to a 3-way call. They finally told me straight up that they cannot bind the card. It was a regular CSR at the 800 support number that did it. The strategy I used was to ask at the start of the conversation if the person I’m speaking with can “bind my cable card to my TiVo”. If they say anything but “sure” or “no problem”, hang up and call right back to speak with someone else.
What 3TB drive would you recommend today for a Bolt+?
I just got the 4 flashing lights. Not willing to upgrade to TE4.
CMR drives are recommended for Tivos, will work with both TE3 and TE4. There are no current model 2.5" 3TB CMR drives. There is an older model Toshiba 3TB CMR 2.5 drive but not easy to find and usually WAY overpriced. The 2TB model of that Toshiba is available at a great price right now, hit and miss when in or out of stock. Or if you go external there are lots of options but some work, buying parts etc.
Or if you can live with 1 TB the WD 2.5" Red or Red Plus WD10JFCX. It's a current model. With TE3 there are some SMR drives that may work, just not the best choice IMO. And some SMR that work with TE3 will not work with TE4 in case you ever want or have to switch. I personally like a drive that works with either.
When I search, I can’t always tell if it’s CMR or SMR. For example, this Seagate 3TB drive:
Seagate 3tb Laptop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-inch 15 mm Height Internal Hard Drive - Google Shopping
Can you tell me how to tell the difference?
GOOGLE the model number, space, SMR
Well there is the rub, not always easy. This site is good, they list a LOT of drives so may take awhile to find the one you are checking.
The HDD Platter Capacity Database
As I said no CURRENT model 2.5" CMR drives over 2TB, maybe 1TB is limit. So if this a current model it will be SMR.
Edit, I checked, it is SMR.
BarraCuda (5400RPM, 128MB cache, SATA-600 interface, Advanced Format, Shingled Magnetic Recording, 15mm z-height)
ST3000LM024 3TB (4/8)
Is the Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3TB a CMR drive?
Toshiba MQ03ABB300 New Bulk Pack
According to this, it uses PMR:
Toshiba Launches Industry's Largest Capacity 3TB 2.5-inch HDD
Yes, that is the 3TB discontinued model I mentioned in my first reply. The term PMR includes CMR and SMR now. So a drive listed as "PMR" could be SMR. Best to look for CMR. Old article (after all came out when the drive was released), it is CMR. Not a bad price for that model though way more than 3.5" CMR drive.
MQ03ABBxxx (5400RPM, 16MB cache, SATA-600 interface, Advanced Format, 15mm z-height)
The website I listed, it will say if a drive is SMR. If it does not say SMR (shingled magnetic recording) it should be CMR, won't say it specifically.
I see your retailer also has the MQ03ABB200 (2TB model of the same drive) new for $110. That is the one that I linked to at Amazon for $58.70? But the one at Amazon is refurbished so if cost not critical best to get new, your $142 for 3TB better than $110 for 2TB IMO.
Here is the 2TB version of the Toshiba: MQ04ABD200 from Amazon for $64.99. From what I can tell, it is CMR and new.
Toshiba 2TB 5400RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5in 9.5MM Internal Notebook Hard Drive https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FBNJ8ZG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_YomMFbFYB6811?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I am still debating internal vs external drive. I have read many posts but can’t find the description of equipment to buy and cables to use to install the external drive. Does anyone have it?
A few options were mentioned is this thread. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say what works and what doesn’t.
TE4 Bolt upgrade with external drive
Actually that is not the 2TB version of the Toshiba. Note the number, MQ04ABDxxx. The CMR 2TB version is MQ03ABBxxx. The 04ABD is SMR for sure, listed at that website I mentioned as SMR. It uses 1TB platters, largest CMR 2.5 drive platter is is 800GB (according to the person who runs that site, I asked them once).
As for 3.5 external it's really very easy. The post right below your last post has link on how to do it (it is a thread I created). Since there are a lot of sub posts a lot to read. If you stick with what I used, including the EXACT model enclosure it will work. Enclosure, two Sata Cable variations, one IDE/molex to Sata power adapter and the drive itself of course. If you are going to try it I can provide a few more specifics for you.
Okay - I'm going to do the 3.5 external. If you don't mind, I'm going to run my purchases by you and the Community.
As far as the HD goes, I read that many are going WD Red 3TB, and they seem easily available on Amazon:
I also read that some go for a higher capacity, like this 6TB version:
Will either of these work?
Looking further, I see WD red, red pro, red plus, and purple. How to choose?
Yeah, "Reds" have got complicated. Pro is overkill (and is 7200 RPM, would run hotter and not needed/recommended for Tivo), Plus is good, Red, well if model ends in EFAX you don't want (some 2-6TB models). I personally recommend Purple if you want WD.
At least one of your links is to an EFAX, you DON"T want that one, it's SMR.
Ok - then I'll go purple:
I am considering the 6TB. I read posts (yours, I think) about the expansion technique. How do you hook up a HD to a computer - what kind of SATA cable do I need?
Thanks for all of the help