eSATA Approved List (WD5000F032) ?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by rcoates777, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. rcoates777

    rcoates777 Member

    Jun 28, 2005


    I have an external eSATA HD from my old Series 3 HD. It's a 500 GB Western Digital Model WD5000F032 (My DVR Expander). Can I use this on my Bolt?

    I just looked on Amazon and they list them for $350. Only 1 left - better hurry! That sounds awful steep to me.

  2. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    Yes, you CAN use that drive with a Bolt. But virtually all of us think that would be a TERRIBLE decision. It is a very old drive and GREATLY increases your risk of loosing all recordings. Those drives have not been made for about 160 years. Buying one from anywhere now would be an even more ridiculous decision than using the one you already have.

    Much better decision would be to convert that Bolt to use a 3.5" drive in an external enclosure. VERY simple to do, and the total cost should be less than $100.
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  3. rcoates777

    rcoates777 Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Thanks - it was sort of an academic question. I'm not a heavy user so my 1TB HDD will probably last me. I was shocked to see that they were still selling them and at that price! ($350)
  4. Slumpert

    Slumpert Member

    Oct 18, 2019
    Don’t confuse Amazon for current items and third party sellers through Amazon for discontinued items.
    Might as well just look at eBay for comparisons.
  5. My Cape is a Recliner

    My Cape is a Recliner Member

    Oct 5, 2019


    The one you linked goes to a $50 buy it now on ebay for me, for that model number. If it helps you feel better, I'll list one amazon, and list it for $10K....

    The only reason you see this drive listed for higher than average is because some people just have no clue that you can use any hard drive. They search "TiVo hard drive", and sellers know this. There is NOTHING special about it.

    As for you using your old hard drive, and people telling you not to, its not because of the cost. Its because of how unreliable they are when you compare them to a 3.5" drive. Adding an external drive also makes it so that if either of the two hard drives goes bad, you lose everything. Its not worth it, especially one that's so small. You are adding very little space, but adding a very big risk. All it takes is one cable and a little searching for the right threads to make that a single drive. Once you do that you can upgrade it to a much better drive
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  6. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    The drive is special because, except for the Series 3, the drives and enclosures that can be used are whitelisted in TiVo's firmware. To use other drives requires one to disassemble one's TiVo and run third party software to marry the drives to TiVo's own drive. The reason folks want to use an external drive in the first place is to avoid taking their TiVo apart, breaking the warranty, and dealing with the technical issues of putting two drives together.

    So you seem have not correctly identified the person who has no clue.
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