Hoe To Expand TiVo Bolt storage?

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

  1. fis

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    Thanks sfhub and all who've shared their experience. Very helpful. I am not a techie but one thing that's apparent is that people mistakenly think SSDs have an unlimited lifespan.

    So in terms of HDDs, if one were indifferent in terms of capacity (2TB vs. 3 or 4+) or price (within reason, say under $200), or form factor (willing to go internal or connect an external enclosure via SATA), then is there a particular drive that most likely to have extended carefree performance in TiVo?
     
  2. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    I'm not a tech repair person either. I watched the how to video on YouTube to upgrading the hard drive in a bolt, it's plug and play. The video is detailed enough to get the job but not so much that's it's too complicated for a beginner to do.
    I also used the Toshiba 2.5 inch internal drive mentioned earlier in this thread. It was really no big deal at all.
    Good luck!

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  3. fis

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    Agreed no big deal at all. A very easy swap. I was unfortunately burned by the Toshiba after just 6 months and just wondering if there's a 2TB drive or a 3.5" drive that would be more stable.
     
  4. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    3.5" I do not think will fit inside a bolt. I don't like Toshiba either, I've been pissed since they stopped support for the A3 HDDVD player.
    Statistically, the number of the hard drives sold or in use in laptops are staggering compared to complaints about failures. I've had a WD external drive fail on me.
    For the price the Toshiba's are being sold at its really a no brainer to give one try. They come with a warranty but ya gotta do your own thing, best of luck to you what ever you decide..

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  5. Anon1

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    We are not talking about a desktop/laptop environment.
    Will your HDD last that long? Most likely it's a crapshoot, and it won't be dictated by TBW, but the drive/hardware. I know the people that used the 4TB+ drives from the external Seagates only lasted around 5 years, at most. At least three of the recommended 3TB Toshibas have failed in under a year.
     
  6. sfhub

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    This test is structured as let me write as much as I can to the drive until it completely dies and I don't really care about the data, just doing it for an article.

    You are welcome to go with whichever part of the death curve you want, but for many people, when they care about the data, the important time for replacement is not when the drive completely dies, but when the reallocated sectors start going up.

    Once the sectors start failing it is playing with luck whether the error correction can recover the data or not.
     
  7. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    3 HDD's you have owned, people you know have owned or HDD's you have read about?
    I got my 2.5 TB Toshiba HDD at a good price, It's going strong. The only bad drive I have ever had was in a TiVo was WD external drive "My DVR Expander" 1 year and a few months after I started using it. I lost all my recordings but in my mind I keep it real, it's only tv. Life will go on just fine if I loose recordings from my TiVo.
    When this Hydra thing comes around I'm gonna give it a try on my Bolt, the one with the Toshiba drive. If I don't like it I'll revert back losing recordings again, I'll live so if the Toshiba HDD dies in 6 months getting a cash card refund will be better than a new same type drive. I too will drop down to the 2TB WD drive and move on...

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  8. Anon1

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    Read about, but all related to TiVo Bolt usage. I am not a glutton for punishment. Life does go on, but it's an annoyance.
     
  9. fis

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    Not inside, I know. But some have run the SATA cable direct to a drive sitting outside the Bolt, either leaving the case open or cutting a hole for the cable. Mine is inside a cabinet, so I would have no problem doing this and leaving the case open, if it was reliable.
     
  10. Joe01880

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    If the majority of failure are in TiVo it must surely be related to how hot these things run compared to other TiVo ie Premieres, Roamio' s and earlier models..
    It will be interesting to see how much adding a laptop fan will help.
    It also explains why these ugly bumpy looking Bolts have humps, so they can try to cool themselves

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  11. mrfixit454

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    On a new bolt ota, should you set it up on the account first with the 1T drive before making the swap? Or does it not matter? I have a 3T drive ready to go that I had bought for my roamio but see now that I need a 2.5 inch for the bolt.
     
  12. Mikeguy

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    People sometimes will recommend that, to make sure that the box is working well to begin with--in case a return is needed.
     
  13. mrfixit454

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    ok, I will set it up first with stock drive. Though now learning some features not compatible with my Premier and Roamio. Trying to find out if I can at least watch shows between all 3 DVRs with 2 on TE3 and 1 on TE4.
     
  14. pfiagra

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    Yes, you can watch shows between DVRs on the same network and account no matter if they are on TE3 or TE4. If your DVR is running TE3, the other boxes will show at the very bottom of your My Shows list. If your DVR is running TE4, the other boxes will show under the Devices folder in your My Shows list.
     
  15. mrfixit454

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    This is great info and good news. Thank you
     

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