Tivo Bolt hard drive replacement video

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  1. Jan 23, 2017 #61 of 136
    imrf

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    According to this review, Seagate Begins to Ship 2.5-Inch, 7mm Thick 2 TB Mobile Hard Drives with SMR , that's an SMR drive and most here don't recommend using them in Bolts. Seems our options are really limited to that Toshiba, kinda sucks as I was wanting to snag a drive under $100 preferable 2TB.
     
  2. Jan 23, 2017 #62 of 136
    GMonitor

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    Thanks for the great video. I watched it and was able to replace my TiVo's Bolt's 500 GB with a 2 TB Seagate (STBD2000102) last night. It's supposed to be a PMR drive so I hope I won't have any trouble with it. I haven't tested it because it was late when I finally installed the hard drive and will test it out when I get home from work tonight. The video was really helpful and it wasn't that hard to install but I still am annoyed at TiVo for creating such a weird case and making it harder to upgrade than it should be.

    Oh, before I forget, my plan for tonight is to take out my cable card (from Comcast) from my TiVo HD and put it into my new TiVo Bolt. So, I'm hoping for the following:

    1) It will be easy to repair the old cable card with my new Bolt. I remember reading that Comcast now allows you to do this online.

    2) I will be able to watch the old recorded videos from my TiVo HD without the cable card before it will be retired into storage.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2017 #63 of 136
    GMonitor

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    Well, it seems like the upgrade of my TiVo 500 GB Bolt with a 2 TB Seagate (STBD2000102) went well. It's reporting back about 317 HD hours and it seems to be functioning well. Time will only tell if this is a good hard drive to use. Swapping out my cable card from my TiVo HD and repairing it with my new Bolt also went smoothly. I really like the small size and light weight of the Bolt compared to my old TiVo HD. And I love the new remote's use of Bluetooth instead of IR so I don't have to have line of sight for the remote to work anymore. And the Bolt feels really zippy compare to my old TiVo HD and Premiere.
     
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  4. Jan 27, 2017 #64 of 136
    tivoboy

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    Using what connection would give this type of speed? Seems the moca really only gives a 225mb connection?
     
  5. Jan 27, 2017 #65 of 136
    aaronwt

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    Using MoCA results in about a 20% reduction in speed. At least in the tests i did with my setup.
    So instead of the 500Mb/s max transfer rates I got over GigE, I got around 400Mb/s max transfer rates over MoCA.

    I used a very large HD recording that took around 10 minutes to transfer and got the speed results from what was reported in the TiVo Transfer History screen. To get the max transfer speeds though it needed to be in standby with power saving mode on so no tuners were buffering. And nothing was being recorded.
     
  6. Jan 27, 2017 #66 of 136
    global_dev

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    i need to upgrade my 1TB bolt, thanks for the link
    as an aside, the remotes aren't BT (not sure BT is even turned on), i think it's RF/IR

    https://support.tivo.com/articles/Features_Use/TiVo-Remotes-RF-Pairing-Instructions
     
  7. Jan 28, 2017 #67 of 136
    compnurd

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    The model I had was PMR. It was two generations old
     
  8. Jan 29, 2017 #68 of 136
    HerronScott

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    The online tool apparently only works for new issued CableCARDS and not in the case of repairing it with a different device from what users have posted here. I had no problems getting a CableCARD repaired when I moved it from our S3 OLED to our Roamio Pro last October calling the Comcast CableCARD activation number.

    And yes you will be able to either watch shows on your HD without the CableCARD or transfer them to the Bolt to watch them. I've got the same scenario here.

    Scott
     
  9. Feb 13, 2017 #69 of 136
    fis

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    New Tivo user here. This community is a godsend!

    I am a longtime FiOS customer and was convinced by my trusted IT guy to ditch the cable boxes and move to a Tivo Bolt and a Mini. I think I'll learn to love it but he definitely misrepresented things. For example, he told me that the Bolt had ESATA and USB connections for adding your own expanded storage, which was key to the decision because I had been using that function on my FiOS DVR.

    You know the rest. I bought the 500GB Bolt expecting to be able to expand the storage, only to find out that Tivo doesn't support my big ESATA drive. I need more space, and I'm not keen on invalidating my warranty, but the math is hard to ignore. I paid $155 for my Tivo Bolt. I could replace it two times over for the cost of one 3TB Bolt Plus and have cash to spare. Besides, you folks make upgrading the storage look pretty plug & play.

    MY QUESTIONS:
    Theoretically, since my Bolt is inside a cabinet, I don't actually have to replace the cover, right? Could I just leave the cover off and run the SATA cable to a 3.5" A/V-rated hard drive? Seems it would help with ventilation, too.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2017 #70 of 136
    c293716

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    Anybody have any idea how to know if a drive is PMR or SMR? I just bought a bolt with the lifetime transfer discount and was looking to upgrade. I was intrigued by the STBD2000102, but it sounds like you don't have any way to know which version of the drive you will get.
     
  11. Apr 2, 2017 #71 of 136
    sodakar

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    I'm in the same boat, fellow series 2/3/XL/HD XL person... ;)

    So far, I am just finding a 3TB or higher drive, googling spec and market pdf's, finding it uses SMR, sighing, and repeating...

    It seems like the Toshiba mentioned at the top of the thread is non-SMR, so I'm going with that for now.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2017 #72 of 136
    c293716

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    Thanks...I really don't need 3 TB and I'm also not thrilled about the 15mm height, but I guess I have no choice since it appears there is no way to get the STBD2000102 in PMR anymore.
     
  13. Apr 3, 2017 #73 of 136
    tivoboy

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    what is wrong with the height, makes no difference in the bolt?
     
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  14. Apr 3, 2017 #74 of 136
    c293716

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    I've read in a few places (including on this forum) that the 15mm height causes issues closing the case and potential overheating.
     
  15. Apr 3, 2017 #75 of 136
    tivoboy

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    hmm, overheating I've not heard nor seen in a couple bolts, as for size it fits fine one DOES have to over the wifi wires about half a cm towards the center of the unit and depending on your layout the center snap (there are three on the top) can make it sit up about 1-2MM, a quick trim of same of the snap corrects it though and makes it sit flush. But, I wouldn't really consider either of these fit problems brought about by the 15mm size of the drive.
     
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  16. Apr 3, 2017 #76 of 136
    Mikeguy

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    What I had seen recommended is simply placing the wire holders over a bit when installing the new drive, to prevent any closure issue. Easy-peasy.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2017 #77 of 136
    aaronwt

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    I've had zero issues with the 15mm height drives. I've had two, 4TB, 15mm height drives in a total of five Bolts and they all had no problem closing the cover and no heat issues.
     
  18. Apr 4, 2017 #78 of 136
    fusiondynamics

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    What drive options do we have so far?
     
  19. Apr 5, 2017 #79 of 136
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  20. Apr 13, 2017 #80 of 136
    skaggs

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    Just replaced to 500GB drive in my Bolt with the recommended Toshiba 3TB drive.

    The build date on my Bolt is 01-APR-17 and the T10 Torx bit would not fit any of the screws.

    I used a T9 Torx bit.

    While watching the video, it took me 12 minutes from start to end.
     

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