How do I upgrade the Bolt Laptop hard drive for a Normal Hard drive ( 3.5 inch) ?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Johnny Danger, Dec 3, 2019.


    UCLABB Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2012
    Riverside, CA
    Just buy a bare drive, a power supply and a molex to sata adapter.
  2. BobCamp1

    BobCamp1 Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2002
    You're talking about the eSATA port on the Tivo. I agree no one can use that.

    But he was talking about the eSATA port on the back of the external enclosure. Why can't he use that? eSATA and SATA are electrically equivalent. He'll need the right eSATA to SATA converter cable with the right genders on both ends, but it'll mean one less hole to cut.

    Most people don't bother getting cute with the plumbing and just route a single internal SATA cable into the external enclosure, cutting a hole into it if needed.
  3. pl1

    pl1 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I was in fact talking about the ESATA on the external enclosure. Like I said, people "were" doing that originally until TiVo updated their software. Now you can not use an ESATA to SATA adapter and you must go directly from the TiVo to the Hard Drive SATA to SATA.

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  4. cpgny9

    cpgny9 Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    The ESATA on the Hard Drive enclosure will not work. As mentioned, people were connecting some external hard drives via the ESATA (with and without adapters) in the past, but a TiVo software update (I believe last December) stopped that. I think the only external drive that can use the ESATA is the old TiVo certified and sold 1TB WD drive that hasn't been sold in years (and to be honest - not even sure you can still use that one either).

    Its really not that difficult to connect SATA to SATA. One end connects to the motherboard in the TiVO (its the exact same plug "socket" that the original drive plug would have been unplugged from) and then connect the other end to the smaller of the 2 plug connectors on the hard drive itself (not the hard drive enclosure, but the actual hard drive).

    Depending on the external enclosure you get, the connector to the hard drive may be 1 plug or 2 (Whenever you use an external enclosure, tivo or not, you need to plug the enclosure into the hard drive itself). The enclosure I previously posted has two separate plugs 1) SATA plug 2) power (not the power plug you put in the wall, but the power connector to connect directly to the hard drive itself). Plug the SATA cable coming from the TiVo (that has one end you already connected to the motherboard) directly to the Hard Drive, plug the power connector from the enclosure directly to the hard drive (do nothing with the enclosure's SATA cable), plug the external enclosure's actual power cord into the wall, Plug the TiVo power cord into the wall, turn on your TV if you haven't already, and you will see it going through the start up/set up.

    There's a bit more to it if you go over 3TBs, but up to 3 you're good to go.
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  5. BobCamp1

    BobCamp1 Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2002
    OK. I'm now assuming that the eSATA port on those recommended enclosures isn't directly connected to the SATA port of the hard drive inside but is going through a microcontroller. The one I'm staring at in my lab isn't like that and would work just fine. It's been around a while and unfortunately doesn't have the manufacturer or model number on it.
  6. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    If there's no controller between the eSATA port on your enclosure and the drive it's worth a shot.
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