reliable 2.5" drive for Tivo Bolt?

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by mitch672, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. mitch672

    mitch672 New Member

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    I've now killed 2 of the Samsung/Seagate 4TB drives, in under a week each, it's obvious to me that these cheap laptop drives cannot stand up to the rigors of DVR usage, spinning 24 X 7 with heavy usage.

    This is the drive, FYI:
    Samsung Momentus 4TB SATA III 5400 RPM 2.5-inch Hard Drive (ST4000LM016)

    Has anyone found a RELIABLE, 2, 3 or 4TB 2.5" laptop drive to expand their Tivo BOLT reliably? If so, I'd like to hear about it, I am getting tired of setting up these drives and re-doing my OnePass's from scratch...

    Thanks,

    Mitch
     
  2. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

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    While we're asking about drives, I'd be interested in the same question but for <3TB drives for internal drop-in replacement. I don't need it now, I'm just collecting the information for future reference.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2016 #3 of 31
    aaronwt

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    So far my two 4TB drives are still fine in my Bolts. I've had them since October now. One has been recording from multiple tuners for around twenty hours a day. Almost every day since October last year.

    Although with the issues I've read about, it's the reason I've kept my Roamio Pro around. With my luck as soon as I get rid of the Roamio pro, that is when i start having issues with the 4TB drives. And as long as I keep the Roamio Pro, the 4TB drives will be fine.
     
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    coredump4

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    I was just looking up potential 4TB Bolt drives and was sorry to see the Seagate ST4000LM016 listed here as a problem drive. It's not an SMR drive, so I was hoping it would be solid.
    Any reason to re-consider it now? @aaronwt, are your 4TB disks still fine and are they Seagates?
     
  5. Apr 1, 2017 #5 of 31
    aaronwt

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    Mine are still fine. But they have firmware 0001 on them. I've been using them since October 2015.
     
  6. hasharp

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    Toshiba 3 tb or western digital are good I had problems with the seagate also
     
  7. genebopp

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    I have one seagate 2tb that has been running for a year. Each one was taken out of the external enclosure. I have killed 2 of the same drives in the last month. They only seem to last about a week before the dreaded 4 lights....
     
  8. Aug 1, 2019 #8 of 31
    alfish1

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    I just shucked a ST4000LM016 from an old external seagate backup USB case I had laying around. It has been running a few days now without issue. Sticker states firmware version 003. I will keep an eye on it to see if it blows up, but so far, so good. The original drive in my Bolt + was a 3TB Western Digital Blue, model WD30NPRZ, originally purchased the TiVo Bolt+ on 4/27/2017, so it only had about two years run time on that WD drive.
     
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    genebopp

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    You should read the 4 flashing light thread. If not now, you can read it in a week or so when your lights start flashing.
     
  10. aaronwt

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    Yes. People had issues in the Bolts with the later firmwares. My ST4000LM016, that has been running in Bolts for almost four years now, has firmware 0001.
     
  11. alfish1

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    Oh I have... That was the only drive I had laying around so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'll likely try to source a Toshiba or WD here shortly.
     
  12. fcfc2

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    Toshiba MQ03ABB300 3.0TB 2.5-inch 15.0mm SATA... at MacSales.com
    These seem to be getting scarce from time to time, and I am not sure if these are compatible with Hydra or if anything is.
     
  13. alfish1

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    Well, you guys were right, the shucked Seagate experiment failed today. I have the Toshiba 3TB on order now, so hopefully that will result in a better outcome :)
     
  14. alfish1

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    Got the 3TB Toshiba installed today. Let's hope this works a while longer!
     
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  15. richsadams

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    I see that the recommended 3TB Toshiba MQ03ABB300 HDD is not currently available from any of the normal suppliers. I did find it on a few sites that I've never heard of, but I'm reluctant to give them my CC info, etc.

    Is there a newer/different recommended 3TB HDD for the TiVo Bolt Plus or should I sit tight until one shows up on Amazon, Newegg or OWC/MacSales? Looking to just do a clone or swap, not expand to a larger size.

    TIA!
     
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  16. alfish1

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    I don't think that drive is an option to install in the TiVo. It appears that unit uses a proprietary USB controller board, so there is no internal SATA connection:



    -A
     
  17. richsadams

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    Ah, good to know! I'll take it off of my wishlist. ;)

    What a bizarre HDD that one is!

    I've edited my original post so that no one else is led astray.

    Thanks again!
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    The Toshiba 3TB 2.5" drive now shows as sold out at MacSales; MacSales had run out of stock earlier this year but the drive then became available there, again--who knows what will happen in the future (although future stock perhaps is less likely, as the drive no longer is being manufactured). I don't believe that the drive has been available at Newegg for a long time*; and Amazon sellers of the drive have been evaporating (and prices rising)--I didn't see any just now. One source to keep an eye open at: eBay.

    But a current nice deal on the Toshiba drive in 2TB form, at $85 shipped: Toshiba MQ03ABB200 Hard Drive SATA-6GBPS 2TB-5.4K RPM. That source, ALLHDD.COM, also currently has the 3TB version, at $155 shipped (just a little above the earlier MacSales price). Toshiba MQ03ABB300 Hard Drive SATA-6GBPS 3TB-5.4K RPM

    * edit: I just checked and there currently are 2 marketplace sellers selling the drive through Newegg--at $539.98 and $599.98. Ulp.
     
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  19. Mikeguy

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    Good for you--and you got the drive just before MacSales sold out. :clapping:
     
  20. alfish1

    alfish1 New Member

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    Yep, been installed it a day after it arrived, still working like a charm. Thinking about having my buddy 3D print a cooler to keep it all chilled now.
     

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