Tivo Bolt hard drive replacement video

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  1. May 7, 2017 #101 of 136
    edwinyuen

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    I will chime in here a little. I didn't get one from OWC, I got mine from Global Silicon Electronics, but my drive Toshiba 3TB died 6 days in my Bolt. I removed the 500GB the moment I got the Tivo, replaced the drive, and did initial set up with the 3TB. On the 6th day, I had the flashing flights/no boot issue talked about in the other drive thread. I couldn't get the Toshiba back alive, even with an external enclosure. I ended up putting the 500GB drive back into my Bolt. Now, I don't know if it's because the 500GB was never "used" during initial set up but once I put the 500GB back in, I had to redo initial set up, had to re-pair the cable card, and I lost all my onepass subscriptions.
     
  2. May 8, 2017 #102 of 136
    V7Goose

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    I have seen one other post somewhere in these forums (maybe in the Upgrade threads?) that stated the Bolt+ does route the wire under the drive through those fins. I'm kinda guessing that it was a new invention when the boxes with the bigger drives started production - one case to fit them all, but for some reason they didn't decide to change the build process for the ones with the thinner drives.

    There have clearly been other minor changes slip-streamed into the builds on these boxes - my new 500 GB boxes clearly have dimmer and less distinct front LED lights than my August 2016 1TB Bolt does.
     
  3. May 8, 2017 #103 of 136
    Redoctobyr

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    I just replaced my 500GB with the 3TB Toshiba. I used the stock drive for 2 days. I had to redo Guided Setup, which was expected, and did have to call to re-pair the CableCARD. Recordings, etc, were also gone.

    I formatted the 3TB in a PC first, doing a full format (~8 hours). Ran it overnight, then did a full read test on it with WD Data Lifeguard (another 8 hours). Formatted it in the Bolt, then pulled it again and ran MFSReformatter on it, to finish the process, and align the disk (I don't understand the details of this).

    Installed the Noiseblocker XS-2 fan as well. I hope my Toshiba works reliably. So far, with the fan swap, my temps are cooler than stock. I was getting 68-71C stock, and 58-62C after swapping the drive and fan. Albeit, not a lot of data to compare, so far.

    I wish I'd run the 3TB on a PC for a week or so while waiting for my Bolt to arrive, to better screen for infant mortality.
     
  4. May 8, 2017 #104 of 136
    Steve-O

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    Gee, I just threw mine in and crossed my fingers! :grimacing:
     
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  5. May 9, 2017 #105 of 136
    Redoctobyr

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    And that's probably totally fine. I just wanted to feel a little better about the integrity of my drive before "investing" in it, with recordings, transferred shows from my old TiVos, etc. It mainly provided peace of mind.
     
  6. Jun 2, 2017 #106 of 136
    fyodor

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    I've had this same issue, but it seems limited to (A) just the CW and (B) certain shows on the CW. I had to reset my cablecard when I rebooted so I'm hoping that its a signal issue rather than the hard drive, which I really really do not want to re-replace. Has anyone else had this issue?

     
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  7. Jun 2, 2017 #107 of 136
    aaronwt

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    A 5400 rpm drive is never fast enough for video??:eek:

    What the heck are they smoking? Even my 5400 rpm drives back in 2001 had no problem feeding multiple HD streams. The 5400 rpm drive in my Bolt has zero problems handling at least twelve concurrent read/write HD streams. I've tested it several times with high numbers of concurrent read/write HD streams.
     
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  8. jespring

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    This drive is out of stock at Amazon and Newegg, seemingly indefinitely. They do sell the BB200 for $120. Does anyone know the difference? I saw that it still appears to be available at Macsales, so that's always an option...

    What's the second choice for 3TB drives if the Toshiba is unavailable? I'm wary of the Seagate drives based on other posts in this thread, though this one is a good deal:

    Amazon.com: Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Hard Drive (ST2000LM015): Computers & Accessories

    I've used WD drives to upgrade my Tivos in the past; this one looks promising, if somewhat expensive relative to the Seagate and Toshiba drives. Has anyone tried it who can report back?

    Amazon.com: WD New Blue 15mm Internal Hard Drive for TiVo Bolt/Server/mini-ITX/Desktop/Machine 2.5-inches Model WD20NPVZ: Computers & Accessories
     
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    Microman66

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    JoeTaxpayer

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    Great. Sorry I didn't read this before ordering a T10 on line. Ordering the 9 now...
     
  11. Jul 5, 2017 #111 of 136
    aaronwt

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    Yes. When I got mine back then I noticed the screw heads had changed.

    So I swapped out those screws with the ones from my two Ebay Scam Bolts, from 2015, that are worthless.
     
  12. Jul 6, 2017 #112 of 136
    V7Goose

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    As I noted in post #91 of this thread, you will need both a T9 and a T10 for this job.
     
  13. Jul 7, 2017 #113 of 136
    Microman66

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    Help, I replaced the 500 Gig with a 3 TB, but in plugging in the SATA cable the Wireless cable (White Wire) that goes across the HD, came loose at the mother board. Thought it would be an easy plug back in, but can't seem to figure out why when I gently push, it doesn't seem to go on. Is there a trick?

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  14. Jul 7, 2017 #114 of 136
    A J Ricaud

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    It takes more than a gentle push. Make sure it's lined up right and push down until you hear a click.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2017 #115 of 136
    HerronScott

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    You could buy one of these screwdriver sets at Walmart for $7 instead. :)

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  16. Lou_d

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    I'm having a like issue. Just got my OTA TiVo Bolt. Order the 3tb drive from the mac store. Formatted it in the pc, clean the drive. put it in the Tivo. But live playbalk is fine. but if I record shows or rewind and play. about 80% of the time it pauses, and skips.

    I low level formatted it again, checked it with a couple diag programs I could find on the pc. no issues reports, diskparted and cleaned everything. let the TiVo software load but same issue.

    I tried to load up the MFS program, but get invalid apple partition and exits.. Could my drive layout still be configured wrong from the apple formatted drive? I loaded up diskpart and some other utilities but cant find any apple partition.

    thank you for any advice.
     
  17. ggieseke

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    If you zero the first few sectors and put it in the Bolt, it should be fine. I like the short "write zeros" test in WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for that because it shows me the drive model and serial number, but a diskpart "clean" command should work as well if you know what you're doing. Just be sure that you select the right drive or your entire OS could go bye-bye.

    On all new drives, I run the full write zeros test followed by the long read test before even THINKING about using it anywhere else. I even do that at work when rebuilding PCs even though it annoys the hell out of my boss.
     
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  18. piusg

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    I found this thread when my August 2016 TiVo 500GB started flaking out and boot-looping. I'm hoping it's just the drive, and not something more sinister. I popped in a 5400rpm Western Digital Blue 1tb I had lying around. I couldn't care less about saving my shows; I'm watching less and less broadcast TV and far more on-demand.

    I'm running through the guided setup as I write this, but I'm glad I stumbled across this thread. I'm pretty impressed at how drama-free the swap was.

    I just hope it solves my problem. :grimacing:
     
  19. MikeC19808

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    I had issue where mine kept rebooting non-stop and tivo said it must be the hardrive. Once I replaced it I had same issue. If yours is just rebooting itself, try swapping the power chord with another. I saw a thread from 2009 about it and fixed my issue for over a year now. Tivo even sent me one for free so I’m guessing they know about it but don’t want to admit it.
     
  20. piusg

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    Man, I hope it isn't the power supply. Well, I wanted a 1tb drive in the TiVo anyway, and now I have one. Fingers crossed...
     

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