Tivo Bolt hard drive replacement video

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  1. deadhead5573

    deadhead5573 New Member

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    my 1000gb bolt just did the whole rebooting mess and wish I read this thread before calling tivo. they said it's the hard drive and charged me 49 bucks for an exchange and they paid shipping both ways. if I read the thread I would have tried the power cord. my question is , do they send a new power cord with the replacement bolt? if not I better get one ordered now, lol
     
  2. MikeC19808

    MikeC19808 New Member

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    In my situation I was out of warranty and they wanted $150 to send me a refurbished unit.

    Once I found a old threat from a tivo 2 or 3, quotes that thread having the EXACT identical issue, they seemed to know what I was talking about and just said they will send me new chord free. Now I’m not wearing a tinfoil hat claiming a conspiracy, but it was like I stumbled upon some hidden secret and once I quoted a prior thread and problem they happily sent chord. I would say call them and mention that this is a issue others have had and a power chord fixed it.
     
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  3. deadhead5573

    deadhead5573 New Member

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    My replacement is supposed to be delivered today. As soon as i plug it in with the old cord and if it does the same thing. I will definitely call them. they only charged me 49 bucks since it was only 122 days old. They said once it goes past a year they charge 150. I also found the power cords online for 15 bucks as well and ordered one for a spare!
     
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  4. zangetsu

    zangetsu this NEW MEMBER has been here a decade

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    please let us know how things turned out for you.

    i am also experiencing the same problems and would be interested to know if a new power supply and cord fixes this.
     
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    MikeC19808

    MikeC19808 New Member

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    Once I put a new chord tonit, the problem stopped. I found an external hard five that had a similar power supply plug and tested with that first. Immediately the problem ceased. So I’d suggest scrounging around your stuff and see if you can find one that matches and use it and see what happens. Be careful about volt and watt and all that electro-stuff to make sure it matches. I don’t know anything about how current works but I’d be concerned if it doesn’t match up you could cause a big problem.
     
  6. May 2, 2018 #126 of 136
    zangetsu

    zangetsu this NEW MEMBER has been here a decade

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    thank you !

    i will try this.
     
  7. colo_artist

    colo_artist New Member

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    FYI...Not many differences replacing the drive in a Bolt and a Bolt VOX.

    I bought a new Bolt VOX 500GB and installed a Toshiba 3TB MQ03ABB300 purchased from OWC.

    The Bolt VOX came apart just like my Bolt except for two things...The VOX uses T9 screw heads, the old Bolt uses T10 heads. Also the white wire is now under the drive and it's stick on wire holders are gone. The wire on the VOX is held in place by notches cut into the base.

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  8. wingclip

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    82% of my original drive of my TiVo Bolt has been filled with recordings. I just recieved my Seagate 2TB upgrade drive and I want to save the recordings before I make the switch. Surely there must be a way to do that using my USB 3.0 hardrive dock, the new drive, and one of the connection ports on the unit, or even via the TV's ports, no?

    I've already experienced that Disney ride of using the TiVo.com 'wireless transfer'. I had, (and still have) a TiVo Premier XLR and attempted to move all my recordings from that Premier to the new Bolt back when I first got it. I used the procedure as instructed on line and keep in mind, that this can only be done when the two Tivos were still under an active service contract.

    I have a 200mb/ps ethernet connection and tried to transfer the entire Premier recordings to the Bolt, (at least 85% or more were permitted to be transfered). All the lights on the Bolt turned on as the TiVo instructions said they would. About an hour or two later, I noticed the transfer indicator lights were off.

    I find that approximately, 7 or 8, 1/2-hour shows were transfered from the Premier to the Bolt and of those that were, almost 50% of them had at least one duplicate copy. In other words, I only had 4 of the 8 programs transfered and each was a duplicate of the other. I tried this again but instead of selecting the entire Premier drive, I picked 4 or 5 particular 1/2-hour shows and tried again. Everything acted like it was going correctly but an hour or so later, I had 2 programs transfered, each with two or three duplictaes!

    I messed with that for two days before the Premier's service account ended. I still have the TiVo Premier and it's connected to the Tv via a splitter. I can watch anything I had saved on the Premier when I want to but without a service account, I can't transfer them via the "TivoOnline.com". Frankly, that didn't work well at all so it's not a great loss.

    There must be a way to transfer the recodings on that drive, or the Bolt's drive, to another HDD or SSD. What about just for the Bolt? Is there a way to transfer the saved recordings and all other info to something, (like another drive that's placed in an external drive dock, just long enough to make the HDD switch-out and then return the recordings to the new drive w/o losing the formatting or any of the One Pass settings, no?

    If anyone knows a way, please let me know. Thank you.
     
  9. HerronScott

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    You could add service back to the Premiere for a month, transfer the shows off to it and then back to the Bolt after install the new drive (and then cancel the service). Or you could transfer the shows off the Bolt to your PC with pyTivo Desktop. Finally, you could check with jmbach as he has a beta version of MFStools 3.2 that is supposed to work with Bolts.

    MFS Tools 3.2

    Oh and you can use kmttg to save your 1P.

    Scott
     
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  10. wingclip

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    Thank you Scott! The TiVo Bolt manual has an eSata port that is labeled "External Storage e-Sata", which sounds just like what I can use to play the shows I've already recorded from the drive I intend to replace. What's stopping me is that it seems so obvious of a solution, yet not one website has anyone who's mentioned it.

    There must be something wrong with that idea because it's sooooo much easier than anything else I've read as a solution. Are you aware of that eSata port in the Bolt?
    Thanks again for the suggestions. I'm guessing that I'll be going with a 30-day connection, but I prefer to do this by hard wire.
    Rich
     
  11. HerronScott

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    The eSata port on the TiVo only supports a specific WD model external drive (which is no longer made) and it only adds storage to the existing internal drive so anything written to it is encrypted, tied to that Bolt and married to the existing internal drive so no way to recover shows from the external even if you could find the correct WD external drive.

    Scott
     
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  12. wingclip

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    Once again, Thank you Scott! You saved me a lot of time because I was going to continue researching that idea. A few days back, I downloaded the latest version of "pyTivo" for Windows. I began to install it tonight but I wasn't thrilled about not having any UI panel and installation instructions. It's freeware, I know, and it's supposed to be good, but as I began the installation, I changed my mind. I got to the dialog box that had two options 'ticked'. The one that said to leave it ticked if you don't have Tivo Desktop installed, made me stop.

    I looked into Tivo Desktop several days ago and based on what I found, I was under the impression that it isn't available anymore. Then the "pyTivo" was what seemed to be the best choice for my needs but I don't like the fact that there doesn't seem to be an instructional for a straight forward installation procedure or a user's manual, (even a short 'How-to' example would be better than nothing).

    Now you've mentioned this "MFSTools 3.2" but I haven't yet checked on what that one is all about. If you're familiar with "pyTivo" and you're obviously familiar with "MFSTools 3.2", which would you say is the easiest to use?

    Keep in mind that I just need to save the recordings on the present Bolt's HDD long enough to replace it with my new HDD. Then I want to return the recordings, (and whatever One Pass settings I may be able to save), back to the newly, installed HDD.

    In fact, I really don't care if I lose the One Pass settings so long as I can just save the recordings.
    Once again, "thanks again",
    Rich
     
  13. najenagold

    najenagold New Member

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    My Tivo Bolt with 3TB Toshiba, from the original video on page 1, is still running strong after 3 years =)
     
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  14. aaronwt

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    And my 4TB Seagate is still running running fine in a Bolt after 37 months of use.

    Although the other 4TB drive I had, in another Bolt, crapped out last year sometime.
     
  15. Sparky1234

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    That's Seagate quality control, 50% reliability, not good.
     
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  16. JimWall

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    I just received a 500 GB Bolt Vox. Used the deal to migrate the lifetime from my series 3.
    I replaced hard drive with Toshiba 2TB L200 before I turned it on.
    It ran through setup and then said it needed to restart to apply a system update.
    It then got into a reboot loop for an hour. I put original drive back in and same issues.
    Tivo chat support only suggested pulling power for 10 seconds and plugging back in. Made no difference. Was told to call support.
    I called and after some checking Tivo support said the update can take up to 24 hours to apply. Will keep rebooting during that time.
    By morning Tivo was waiting at setup screen.
    I put the Toshibas 2 TB back in. After a couple reboots to also stopped at the setup screen.
    Went through steps and all its good
    Used tivo online to copy season passes over.
    System information estimates 315 HD hours free.
    Not how to get old recordings off old series 3.
     

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