Tivo Bolt hard drive replacement video

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  1. Apr 18, 2017 #81 of 136
    Quaro

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    Are the little white cable guides on the harddrive for the wireless cable really necessary? Why are they there? Is it to keep the wire away from heat?

    I just put in the Toshiba and it's a pain to get them to fit -- can I just skip those cable guides?
     
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  2. Apr 19, 2017 #82 of 136
    idksmy

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    My guess is they are there to keep the fine wire from moving and getting caught on something, getting close to something hot, etc.when the Tivo is moved. I was under the impression that if they were placed close to the edge of the drive (towards the interior of the Tivo) they did not interfere.
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2017 #83 of 136
    c293716

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    Yeah, I actually could not remove the clips without the adhesive sticking to the original drive, so I couldn't reuse the wire clips anyway. I just made sure the wire wasn't interfering with anything when I closed the case and it seems to be working fine. I broke a couple of the case clips though as part of the disassembly process, but it still works, so that's that.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2017 #84 of 136
    aaronwt

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    I used Command Strips(well a piece of them) to reattach the clips. And once the Command Strip is on them, I can easily remove the clips and reattach them. Since the Command strip will stay attached to clip.
     
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  5. Apr 19, 2017 #85 of 136
    c293716

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    Good idea. I'm sure not planning on ever opening that thing again though, especially not for this.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2017 #86 of 136
    aaronwt

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    I didn't plan on opening them again either. Back when I first installed them in OCtober 2015. But now my two 4TB drives have been in seven Bolts. Plus I added the quieter fan to the two Bolts I got from the $99 transfer deal.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2017 #87 of 136
    c293716

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    Which fan? I have noticed it is much louder than my old HD, which surprised me.
     
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    I've done two Bolts so far and broke one of those vertical clips each time. It's really tough to lift both corners evenly on that partial cover.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2017 #90 of 136
    aaronwt

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    You don't need to lift them evenly. You just have to make sure you lift straight up. The only time I've broken them is when I didn't lift straight up and pulled an angle. I've never lifted each side up evenly though.
     
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  11. Apr 21, 2017 #91 of 136
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    My new Bolt received last week needed a T9 bit for the outside case screws, but I still had to have the T10 for the screws holding down the drive. I chose not to move the clips to the new drive, as that wire is very stiff and does not move around. I do suspect that the real purpose of the clips is to hold that antenna wire up off the metal drive for better wireless network performance, but I do not use the wireless function, so I do not care. Another benefit of not moving the clips is on the slight chance I ever have to send that box back to TiVo - when I put the original drive back in, the clips will still be just where they originally were installed.
     
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  12. May 6, 2017 #92 of 136
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    I recently received my new Bolt and installed the Toshiba 3tb drive. The install was easy, had no issues with screws, clips, etc. l'm getting a perfect picture when watching live tv and the signal tests above 90 for all channels. However, when watching paused or recorded tv there are frequent pauses and breakup of the picture, with concurrent loss of sound. Since this felt like a hard drive issue to me, I called tech support at Other World Computing, the on line vendor. There opinion is that there is nothing wrong with the drive, but that a 5400 rpm drive is never fast enough for video. They are happy to take a return, so they aren't blowing me off. If this is the case, it seems strange that no once else has raised this issue. Any other similar experiences?
     
  13. May 6, 2017 #93 of 136
    Mikeguy

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    Simply put and based on years of posts here, no way. 5400 rpm drives (first, Western Digital green drives, now Western Digital reds) have been the drives of choice for Roamio boxes. And, if I recall correctly, isn't that what TiVo itself originally installs?
     
  14. May 6, 2017 #94 of 136
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    The stock drive in the Bolt is a WD5000LUCT (a/k/a WD AV-25) which runs at 5,400 rpm.

    I am about to crack mine open... :eek:

    Edit - Done within 1/2 an hour, with plenty of distractions. The video was handy!

    The white wire clips glued to the hard drive had no adhesive left on them when I took them off the drive.
     
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  15. May 6, 2017 #95 of 136
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    I haven't installed my 3TB Toshiba yet, or even opened its package. But many people report using it with success. I'd be more inclined to suspect something being wrong with your individual drive, vs all of them being too slow.

    Could you pull it out and connect it to a PC, to maybe check the SMART data? Or depending on if you were willing to lose your settings and recordings, you could format it with a PC, and run something to check if the drive is working properly.

    Given that the 3TB Toshiba seems to work well for many people, my inclination would be to ask them about an exchange for a replacement, vs a return.

    Edit- I just hooked mine up to a PC to start formatting it. I'm planning to do a full-format, then hopefully be able to run something that will test it by reading & writing the entire disk. Just as a way to do at least basic testing for problems.

    It sounds like I'll lose everything when I replace the stock drive. I assumed I'd be able to copy the recordings off first. But I set up my Bolt last night, and even recordings of SD, broadcast-network channels are reported as copy-protected, and kmttg won't transfer them. That seems a bit heavy-handed to me for Comcast, but I guess it means I won't be able to preserve any recordings that I make before installing the new drive.
     
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  16. May 6, 2017 #96 of 136
    daveyo

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    I just ran the wire under the drive. There is a channel already there.
     
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  17. May 6, 2017 #97 of 136
    Redlog

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    Had I checked out the WD standard drive in the Bolt I would have realized that the folks at Other World are apparently in another world. I will assume that the drive is faulty and order a replacement, unless anyone has another possible explanation for the behavior that I describe. Thanks for the quick responses, this group has been a great resource!
     
  18. May 7, 2017 #98 of 136
    idksmy

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    I installed the Toshiba 3TB drive that I bought from OWC, since Amazon was out of stock at the time. So far, no problems. As a Mac owner, I've bought many other hardware items from OWC, also without problems.
     
  19. May 7, 2017 #99 of 136
    aaronwt

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    I wonder why TiVo never used that to route the wire?

    EDIT: I just looked at the two Ebay Scam Bolts I have from 2015. That channel for the wire is not there.
    No idea if the two Bolts I got last month from the transfer deal have it. I never noticed it but I also wasn't looking for it.
     
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  20. May 7, 2017 #100 of 136
    daveyo

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    I wonder if the 3tb Bolt uses it?
     

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