Dead Bolt - how to salvage recordings?

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  1. wadehunnicutt

    wadehunnicutt New Member

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    My Bolt+ died & TiVo sent me a new one. Any way to get the old recordings to the new drive? Old drive went dark, can hear drive spinning, but no lights, no output, or broadcast to WAN. Have to send back old unit in a couple of weeks. TIA
     
  2. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    nope sorry
     
  3. wadehunnicutt

    wadehunnicutt New Member

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    sorry, just saw this - what about pulling the old hard drive, using it as an external drive to the new one - transferring recordings to computer - remove hard drive - transfer back recordings from computer to new tivo
     
  4. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    nope recordings are tied to the motherboard
     
  5. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    You wouldn't even get that far. Your first problem is that the drive inside a TiVo is not one of the few (now very rare) drives that will work as an external drive. If you could somehow get by that problem (perhaps by getting a Series 3 which did not have the pickiness about what it would accept as an external drive), the process of the TiVo preparing the external drive for use would erase any recordings.

    The only way to get to the recordings would be to install the drive in another TiVo of the same make; at which point you would then encounter the problem you cite of the recordings being encrypted uniquely by the old motherboard and hence unusable. OP is SOL.
     
  6. ClearToLand

    ClearToLand Old !*#$% Tinkerer!

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    If you own, or have access to, a DVM, check the output of the old walwart. Compare it to the new walwart. (Insert automobile lamp idea here***) If the new Bolt powers up successfully, try the new wallwart on the old Bolt (and the old wallwart on the new Bolt). Hopefully the old Bolt may work with the new wallwart. Then, if you get a third wallwart, you can send the new Bolt back and still have your recordings on your old Bolt.

    Or, the old Bolt could have a dead short and blow the new wallwart.

    ***If you have an spare OLD filament style automobile brake light, you could try powering the tail light filament and see if the wallwart is putting out any juice. The brake light filament might draw too much current. If you don't know what I'm talking about, skip this whole idea...
     

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