Hoe To Expand TiVo Bolt storage?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Chris Cardone, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Chris Cardone

    Chris Cardone New Member

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    I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but what is the easiest way to expand storage?
     
  2. Fant

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    Easiest way is to follow these three steps:

    1) search this forum
    2) follow instructions in thread
    3) be happy
     
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  4. Chris Cardone

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    I was expecting to simply put a card into the e.sata drive. Is that e.sata slot for cards or just to hook up an external drive? Which cards or drives are approved? (I appreciate what you shared above, but are you sure other problems won't pop up?) Thanks
     
  5. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    There is only one model external hard drive with 500G and 1T variants that can be used on the esata port and it's not being manufactured anymore. Your best option is to replace the internal drive with a 3T drive.
     
  6. mdavej

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    I think this is a terrible idea. Using a Hoe to expand your storage will only destroy your Tivo. Better to use a screwdriver to open the unit and install a new internal drive or plug in an external. Use a Hoe in the garden only, not on your electronics.
     
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  7. FreydNot

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    Be aware that many people (myself included) are having problems with their replacement drive failing. My WD 4TB drive lasted a year and a week before doing the flashing lights thing. I'm currently trying to use ddrescue to copy the data to a 5TB WD Red 3.5" drive that I happen to have around. Hopefully this will work and I will not have lost 4TB of Tivo recordings.

    4 Lights Flashing on Bolt
     
  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    And that's why those of us who were playing it safe went with the 3TB Toshiba for an internal upgrade, there have been no failures or ill effects from that upgrade.
     
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    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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  10. fcfc2

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    For the BOLT only, the Toshiba 3tb referenced by several has been the internal go to drive for the upgrade. The esata port is really kind of useless for this generation of Tivos or any other IMO, as they are small and double your chances of losing everything if either drive fails. I think Tivo has dropped support for them by and large. There are several good guides for opening and closing the Tivo Bolt. I have used the Toshiba drive myself and I made the effort to run MSFR on it when doing the install even though it is not strictly necessary for that sized drive but I thought it was easy enough and might just save a little wear and tear on the drive. The other currently available Seagate 2.5" drives are all what are called SMR and are generally considered unsuitable due to that feature. One gent with the very earliest firmware thought he was passed the hump, but the last I heard one of his appears to be failing now.
    The Toshiba drive is what they call PMR and is generally considered important for use in the Tivos.
    A few have used larger 3.5" Reds in an external enclosure and using a sata to esata cable, but recently a bunch of them have reported failures using external esata drives but the fix at least for some was to replace the esata connector with a straight sata cable to the external drive and the Tivo motherboard.
     
  11. Mikeguy

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    Diane, must you always be the voice of rationality? It really gets rather tiresome. ;)
     
  12. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    When ya got it, flaunt it they say...
    But seriously, when I saw folks being daring I knew the safest path would be with the already supported 3TB so nothing fancy, and the the Toshiba was another very safe choice since there were still unanswered questions on the Seagate units that seem to have even now thrown a monkey wrench into the works, so I'm not the voice of reason, more a careful chicken :)
     
  13. Mikeguy

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    I'll take a chicken over a bull any day (but perhaps that explains why I'm a non-red-meat eater). I just saw, when I first started looking at replacement drives, that people seemed to report that the Toshiba had a tendency to just work, and others, not always as much as trouble-free. That seemed to lead to a certain logical conclusion, in my mind.
     
  14. sastexan

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    Actually, if you look at the 4 Lights Flashing on Bolt thread, there are a number of us with the MQ03ABB300 drive who are getting failures now. Likely due to overheating, or maybe just that it is not designed to be used in such a high-intensity environment. I am most likely going to switch over to using an external 3.5" drive in an enclosure that is plugged directly into the SATA port inside the unit for best reliability.
     
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  15. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a Roamio? You can add larger drives to the Roamio and use it like an Network Attached Storage for your Tivo files.

    Or Weaknees.com has Roamio OTAs with up to 20 TB hard drives installed. 20TB is up from 8TB when I last checked.
     
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  16. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    Im thinking about grabbing a Bolt so just to be clear. To replace the Bolt HDD it is a simple swap out like the Roamio's. No reformatting or anything else, just R&R.
    Also the 2.5 Toshiba HDD's are preferred to a Western Digital HDD?
    Also is 3TB the largest i can go with out doing things to a HDD i am not qualified to do??

    Thanks!!
     
  17. dianebrat

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    yes, although the case is a bit trickier but not a huge deal.
    yes,
    yes,
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    Although, it seems fairly simple and quick, using freeware software available here, to prep. a larger replacement drive. MFS Reformatter (mfsr) Having said that, for ease, most people understandably seem to be doing 3TB or less.
     
  19. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    Thank you very much, the 3TB's I have put in my Roamio's have severed me well so I'll stick with that size and give the Toshiba drive a shot although I really don't care for Toshiba anything!

    Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk
     
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  20. jcthorne

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    Don't know why folks would think the Toshiba would be better than the WD Blue that Tivo is using in its OEM units. I can say the WD Blue I just installed formatted and is working just fine in my brand new Bolt.
     
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