TiVo BOLT VOX 3TB out of stock?

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  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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  2. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    I bought my Bolt from Weaknees. They currently offer the Bolt VOX with up to 13 TB, the Bolt OTA with up to 20 TB, the Roamio Pro refurbished with up to 20 TB, and other good stuff.
     
  3. TiVo_Ted

    TiVo_Ted Well-Known Member

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    I can confirm that we have discontinued the 6-tuner, 3TB BOLT. Once we introduced the 6-tuner, 1TB BOLT for $299, sales of the $499 3TB unit fell dramatically. Also, the 3TB drive we were using has been discontinued, and we have not yet qualified an SMR replacement.
     
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  4. ggieseke

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    Do you think an SMR drive will ever really qualify?
     
  5. tommiet

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    On the negative side... you kill off your warranty if you change the drive.
     
  6. Mikeguy

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    It's unclear if that's the case legally (assuming that the warranty issue is not hard drive-tied). But apart from that, TiVo tends to look the other way, absent special circumstances (e.g. a difficult consumer/someone trying to circumvent the box's software/someone calling this to TiVo's attention).
     
  7. TiVo_Ted

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    Absolutely. There are finally a reasonable number of AV-rated SMR drives now, but they max out at 2TB in the 2.5" form factor.
     
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  8. markjrenna

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    Hello @TiVo_Ted Will TiVo sell a 2 TB Bolt VOX sometime soon then?
     
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  9. cherry ghost

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    Can you give a couple examples?
     
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  10. kclfoxtrot

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    I would like to know as well. My 3TB drive went out and I need a replacement.
     
  11. compnurd

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    Amazon has the 3TB back in stock
     
  12. Pokemon_Dad

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  13. Mikeguy

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    I just wish that its prices sometimes weren't so dear--the 3TB replacement drive for the Bolt (ok, with 3 Torx screwdrivers and instructions) is ~2x the cost of a 3TB drive elsewhere.
     
  14. dadrepus

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    But isn't that always the reason we end up doing the replacements ourselves. I just replaced my Premieres with a 2TB drive for $50 each and some work on my part (with the advice from forum members). Weaknees wanted 129.99 for 500gb. That is HUGE (pun intended). But it is a good thing they are around for the non inclined.
     
  15. Mikeguy

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    Oh, I agree--but I would just as soon give the business to Weaknees, to support it and knowing that the drives it is selling are tested/endorsed by it, as being TiVo box-approved.
     
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  16. exdishguy

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    1000% agree. Good guys catering to a niche market that offer great service.
     
  17. Fofer

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    The problem is the fraudulent TiVo's don't exhibit any issues until about 6 months later...
     
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  18. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    That's a huge bummer about bolded part. FWIW, during your "once in a lifetime" promo, I specifically ponied up the big $ for a Bolt+ w/3 TB because I didn't want to void my warranty and also didn't want to deal w/the headaches that I'd seen others hit hooking up other drives (internally or externally) with eventual failure to boot, drives getting killed or software updates (possibly) breaking their upgraded setups.

    I was semi-ok w/paying the price premium. Hopefully, you'll have a 2+ TB solution soon for others who want piece of mind. 1 TB wouldn't have been enough for me. I was running out of space w/1 TB on my TiVO HD. (Original internal drive developed problems and I just ran the eSATA WD DVR Expander drive as the sole drive.)

    (For me, technical expertise isn't an issue. Every single desktop/tower PC I've owned for 15+ years, maybe 20+ has been assembled by me.)
     
  19. ITGrouch

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    I purchased a WD WD20NPVZ-00WFZT0 2 TB PMR drive directly from WD late last year as a backup for my 3 TB Bolt+. It is a WD Blue drive exactly as the 3 TB OEM one that TiVo had been using, so I don't expect long life from it either. The 3 TB Toshiba drive has dropped in price significantly, and I am going to pick up one of those before they disappear.
     
  20. cherry ghost

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    Are you saying your 3TB WD drive is dead?
     
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