Reviving external drive paired with an old Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by jefny, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. jefny

    jefny Member

    58
    5
    Feb 13, 2008

    Advertisements

    My two year old Bolt "died" and as I had an extended warranty Tivo replaced it with a refurbished Bolt which I successfully set up. The only problem was that my originally Bolt had an external drive that was paired with it. I want to use it with my new Tivo but it won't pair with it. A call to Tivo revealed that I should have unpaired it before I returned the broken Bolt. Is there a way of "unpairing" an external drive without the original Bolt so I can use it?

    John
     
  2. May 4, 2021 #2 of 13
    tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

    2,026
    475
    Nov 5, 2008
    So the external, was it added as a second drive or was it being used as the main drive, one drive only? If as second drive you may want to ask your question in the upgrade forum. Regardless, never a good idea to use two drives with your Tivo. Just use a larger drive if you need more space. With Bolt limited to 2-3TB if using internal 2.5 (assuming you use a CMR drive which you should). But could use a CMR 3.5" drive in external enclosure as a single/main drive, Sata to Sata to get almost any capacity.
     
  3. May 4, 2021 #3 of 13
    dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    13,596
    2,670
    Jul 6, 2002
    boston'ish
    Assuming that it's an authorized Tivo Expander external drive which is the only plug andplay external drive it's pretty easy.
    Take the drive, connect it to a PC, and use the tool of your choice to delete all data and all partitions from the drive, it will then appear as new to the Tivo you're plugging it in to. Do NOT let Windows write to the drive if it asks.
     
    krkaufman and UCLABB like this.
  4. May 4, 2021 #4 of 13
    jefny

    jefny Member

    58
    5
    Feb 13, 2008
    Thanks to both responders. My external drive was an official Tivo add-on to create a 2 drive system. I will hook it up to my computer to erase the partitions and contents to see if that works. I have to see if it has a mean of connection other than Sata,

    John
     
  5. May 4, 2021 #5 of 13
    dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    13,596
    2,670
    Jul 6, 2002
    boston'ish

    Advertisements

    It should have a regular USB port on it.
     
  6. May 8, 2021 #6 of 13
    jefny

    jefny Member

    58
    5
    Feb 13, 2008
    Thanks. I plugged the drive in question via USB and my computer doesn't recognize it. The drive is receiving power (it lights up) and I hear a sound from the computer when I insert the USB cable but it does not appear as a drive.

    John
     
  7. May 8, 2021 #7 of 13
    kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    3,229
    671
    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Your Windows PC can't 'read' the drive, but it's most likely listed as a Disk in diskmgmt.msc. Note its Disk number. Probably Disk 1 or 2.

    Check Google for instructions on how to 'clean' the disk.

    -KP
     
    krkaufman and dianebrat like this.
  8. May 9, 2021 #8 of 13
    krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    16,744
    3,189
    Nov 25, 2003
    dianebrat likes this.
  9. May 9, 2021 #9 of 13
    jefny

    jefny Member

    58
    5
    Feb 13, 2008
    I can see myself accidentally wiping my C: drive. I have an old laptop and I will try with that. Thanks.

    John
     
    krkaufman likes this.
  10. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    3,229
    671
    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
  11. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    6,023
    778
    May 30, 2008
    WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics is a lot safer than the clean command in diskpart.
     
    dianebrat likes this.
  12. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    13,596
    2,670
    Jul 6, 2002
    boston'ish
    I'm an IT professional with a background in imaging and hardware and even I treat Diskpart with the generous amount of respect to its capabilities.
     
    krkaufman likes this.
  13. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    3,229
    671
    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Me, too..

    Which is why I (mostly) deleted the substance of what KK had written and told them to look it up.

    -KP
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements