Tivo Bolt hard drive replacement video

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  1. Oct 7, 2015 #1 of 136
    najenagold

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    Uploaded a how-to video on the hard drive replacement process for the Tivo Bolt to our YouTube channel.

    I installed a Toshiba 3.0TB MQ03ABB300 Hard Disk Drive.

    Here's the hard drive install video link: https://youtu.be/CcH8NyRDRCU
    Here's the unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIWXrR9JIdI
     
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  2. Oct 8, 2015 #2 of 136
    aaronwt

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    Sweet!!! Thanks!!!:up::up:

    EDIT: when you say to put the clips to the far right of the drive(with a 15mm high drive) is that the side toward the outside or inside?
     
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    jfh3

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    A lot more of a pain to get that case open ...
     
  4. Oct 8, 2015 #4 of 136
    Jrr6415sun

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    where did you get that toshiba drive? i can't find it on amazon

    that looks like a lot of work to take apart, was the roamio this many screws?
     
  5. Oct 8, 2015 #5 of 136
    najenagold

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    Towards the inside. They have to fit under the long white cover, they can't go under the smaller white cover that I take off.
     
  6. Oct 8, 2015 #6 of 136
    najenagold

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    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Toshiba/MQ03ABB300

    Paid with Paypal, had it the next day!

    If I didn't have to do it on camera and not try to look like an idiot, I'd have it done in 5 minutes.
     
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  7. Oct 8, 2015 #7 of 136
    georgeorwell86

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    Great video, very helpful...thanks!
     
  8. Oct 9, 2015 #8 of 136
    najenagold

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    Glad I could help.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2015 #9 of 136
    markjrenna

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    Excellent video! Thank you.

    I guess any 2 TB or 3 TB drive works. I'm not sure why TiVo uses an AV drive then. If there is no difference than why use it?
     
  10. Oct 10, 2015 #10 of 136
    beezerSD

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    It seems like any 2.5 inch drive will work, but I think using an AV drive would be better. I don't know much about drive mechanics, but I do know that AV drives deal with read/write errors differently than other types of drives. There may be other differences as well.

    What was the make and model of the drive you took out of the Bolt?
     
  11. Oct 11, 2015 #11 of 136
    aaronwt

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    The 500GB in my Bolt was a WD5000LUCT. Manufactured July 29, 2015.


    Only time will tell how the 4TB drive holds up. But I had the Bolt recording four HD programs, watching a fifth HD program, transferring from a PC, streaming to another TiVo, and streaming to a tablet and it worked without any hiccups. I'll need to test it again but with more streams to other TiVos to see how it does. I think the Romaio Pro could handle 12 or so concurrent HD streams. And this was only 8 concurrent HD streams with the Bolt..
     
  12. Oct 11, 2015 #12 of 136
    krkaufman

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    Base Roamio and OTA model have only a single screw that needs to be removed, and then use of a spudger, credit card, guitar picks, etc around the top of the case to remove it from the base.
     
  13. Nov 23, 2015 #13 of 136
    colo_artist

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    Thanks for the excellent info and video.

    I was considering the Bolt, but I wanted to be able to keep the same capacity as my 3TB upgraded Roamio Basic. After seeing your video I ordered a 500GB Bolt and the same 3TB drive from OWC.

    The drive swap was simple and the new Bolt booted right up. No pre-formatting needed.

    Currently transferring recorded shows from the Roamio to the Bolt.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2015 #14 of 136
    oldclyde

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    Is there no need for conditioning/formatting/whatever for a new larger drive in a Bolt. Just stick a larger drive in and the Bolt does the rest?
     
  15. Nov 25, 2015 #15 of 136
    wscottcross

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    That's correct for drives up to 3TB. Larger drives will end up being formatted at 2TB unless you prepare them first.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2015 #16 of 136
    GoodSpike

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    So there's no need to backup the drive? Great!
     
  17. Dec 9, 2015 #17 of 136
    Robbo1

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    Followed the video and upgraded my hard drive to 2TB. Thanks!

    Took about 30 minutes. Much of it on the last step of putting the case back on flush.

    One thing of note-- the screw on the back of my Bolt (above the HDMI port) was actually a T8, all of the others were T10. Maybe that's new?

    I ordered a set of spludgers from Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Leegoal-Tools...1449720099&sr=8-1&keywords=Leegoal+10+Pcs+Pry ) which helped in popping the case off.
     
  18. Dec 10, 2015 #18 of 136
    aaronwt

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    I just rip the case off. The first time i spent a lot time trying to gingerly take it off. But then i realized I could use much more force and it would still be fine.
     
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  19. Dec 22, 2015 #19 of 136
    iXod

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    If not I think you will lose your recordings from the old drive.

    Q to all: how to save recordings before upgrading?
     
  20. Dec 22, 2015 #20 of 136
    aaronwt

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    If the recordings are not restricted, then you can transfer them to another TiVo. Or you can transfer them to a PC using TiVo Desktop or KMTTG or Archivo. And transfer them back using TiVo Desktop or pyTiVo.
     

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