Tivo Bolt+ died (4 flashing lights)

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  1. JDel427

    JDel427 New Member

    Jul 11, 2016


    Just ordered a TiVo edge and it came today. My main question is am I out of all of my recordings and one passes?? TiVo says my hard drive went. Please advise if any options as we had tonssssss of kids shows and movies for my son. It would really suck to start over. Thank you in advance!!!
  2. keithg1964

    keithg1964 Ragonk

    Feb 2, 2006
    Did they upgrade you to the edge from a dead Bolt?
  3. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006
    yes fout lights hard drive dead recordings lost
  4. JDel427

    JDel427 New Member

    Jul 11, 2016
    They did not. I splurged and bought it. No discount, no trade in or anything. Didn’t expect anything though. I had purchased the bolt + used on eBay so they said there was no coverage. Oh well.
  5. JDel427

    JDel427 New Member

    Jul 11, 2016


    That really sucks. Thank you for replying.
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  6. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    You could put a new hard drive in the Bolt+ yourself. It's not hard. The 3Tb drives in the Bolt+ have a high failure rate.
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    That raises a good point (thanks for raising it) as to buying a TiVo box used as vs. new. I wonder if this is a hard line that TiVo takes, or if it varies.
  8. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    I've bought Craigslist TiVo's that TiVo has offered upgrade 'deals' to me about.

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  9. Wigohwt

    Wigohwt Member

    Jun 9, 2019
    As far as saving your old recordings, the 4 flashing lights are a bad sign that could mean the HDD is totally unusable.

    You could try connecting the HDD to a PC and see if Windows Disk Manager can "see" the drive, but don't initialize! Cancel any prompts.

    If the PC can't find the drive, or you don't even hear/feel the HDD spin up, than there's likely no chance. Otherwise, you can try a recovery clone and kmttg.

    Note: You will lose everything if you place a new HDD in the Bolt, so you'll want to do that last. You may want to do this later to use the Bolt or resell it if you no longer need it.
  10. pldmich

    pldmich New Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Got the 4 lights flashing on my roamio couple of days ago. Pulled drive and hooked it to my computer and it seemed to spin up fine. Put it back in the roamio and it wasn't spinning up at all and the fan didn't want to turn. Tried my bolt power supply and the fan and drive both spun and the roamio booted up normal. So try another known good power supply to rule that out. I already placed an order for a new drive before finding it was just the power brick.
  11. jgolden

    jgolden Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    If you have a PC and want to pull the drive to test another good utility is SpinRite from Gibson Research
  12. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    There is a slight chance you can save your recordings, but be sure NOT to try to put any other drive in that "dead" Bolt other than a clone of the current drive or you will guarantee that the recordings are lost.

    There are two possibilities that might work in your favor:
    1. Occasionally, the power supply will go bad and cause this problem - that is an easy fix.
    2. Sometimes a drive will stop working in a Bolt, but still be readable on a computer. If this is your issue, it might be possible to clone the drive and still access your recordings on the Bolt.

    FIRST, try another power supply - small chance, but it is occasionally the problem.

    If the power supply does not fix it, then pull the drive out and use either a cloning dock to make an exact copy of the drive, OR use MFSTools to copy the drive to a new one. If the copy works, then the Bolt should boot up on the new copy and still have all the old recordings. That is a free utility, and very easy to use. You can find information on this in the Upgrade forum.

    But just to repeat for emphasis: If you boot a Bolt from ANY other drive EXCEPT EITHER THE LAST ONE THAT WORKED OR AN EXACACT COPY/CLONE of that drive, you will NEVER be able to access the old recordings again, even if the drive is still readable!
  13. keithg1964

    keithg1964 Ragonk

    Feb 2, 2006
    I think spinrite is too old to help anymore.

    I have not tried it, but have heard good things about DRevitalize:


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