Solid State HDD

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Joe01880, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    Can one use a solid state HDD in a Bolt?
    Are there advantages or disadvantages in doing so.
    If it can be done is it drop and run like a regular HDD up to 3TB and are there noticeable performance enhancements offsetting the extra cost involved?
    Thanks..

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  2. keithg1964

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    Know that the software portion of the Bolt is stored in Flash memory - which of course is plenty fast. The recordings are on the spinning disks. You may see some overall responsiveness increases nevertheless. I can't speak from personal experience. Since I want more HDD space, I'll stick with lower cost HDDs
     
  3. dmurphy

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    Can you? Don’t see why not.

    Performance improvement? Not at all. Besidea, what about the Bolt feels slow? The slowest thing I see is when the tuners change frequency, and there’s no SSD in the world that’s going to speed that up.

    Putting an SSD in the Bolt is a colossal waste of money. Akin to putting a turbine engine on a golf cart.
     
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  4. sfhub

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    It should work from a technical standpoint, but is a bad idea from a design standpoint, as SSDs have limited write cycles (especially the consumer TLC ones) and TiVo writes 24/7. If you get enterprise SLC SSDs, that would be ok, but those are really prohibitively expensive for virtually zero gain.
     
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  5. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    I don't know how a Bolt feels at all period!
    I do not own one but am considering getting one very soon. I do own a Roamio Pro, it seems plenty fast tho, is a Bolt significantly faster?
    Also, are all the bolts equal in the inside, processor, department or does the 6 tuner 3 TB model run faster than the 4 tuner 500 gig model?
    I am considering getting the 4 tuner 500 gig bolt and replacing the HDD even before it has called home for the first time, brand new out of the box and was just wondering if a SSD would work better than a standard HDD, from what I am reading here it doesn't seem it would be worth fooling with.
    I must admit my computer skills are not very advanced but I can and have swapped out a hard drive or 3 in my day. Reformatting a 6TB for a TiVo may be beyond my ability, yet I have never tried either..

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  6. dmurphy

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    Haha! No, there’s nothing slow about the Bolt at all. It’s a speed demon compared to my Roamio Pro, which was no slouch itself.

    I mean, I click on Netflix and it’s up in a second. Very impressive.

    I’d stick with standard spinning rust. Putting an SSD in would just be a waste of dollars. Go get yourself one of the HDD’s recommended here and live happy.

    Or, get the 6 tuned Bolt+ and you won’t have to do squat. You’ll also have 2 extra tuners to boot - with the money you save vs the SSD, go get some tivo mini’s for your other TVs!


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  7. sfhub

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    For DVR functions they are comparable. For apps, Bolt is noticeably faster.

    The white bolts are all the same. The Bolt+ I don't know for sure, but it is probably the same processor or newer revision of same processor, so differences (if any) would probably be minor. Memory is likely the same also.

    I don't want to say for sure the components are the same because I haven't done a component list, but if there are differences they are not night and day differences because people have both Bolt and Bolt+ in the same household and are not saying, wow, the Bolt+ is so much faster.
     

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