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  1. Apr 3, 2017 #81 of 386
    scottopus

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    Have a S3 HD with a 5 year old 1 TB drive that's work perfectly but know the HDD is at the end of its expected life.

    Going to jump on this deal but would appreciate any advice from the forum. Only two people in household with two TV’s so number of tuners isn’t an issue but am always up against our current 1 TB storage.

    Should I just purchase a Bolt Plus or go with a 500 GB Bolt and upgrade the HDD to 2-3TB (saving about $175)?


    If I go with the 500 GB Bolt, will Tivo void my warranty on any non-HDD issues?
     
  2. Apr 3, 2017 #82 of 386
    aaronwt

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    My S3 boxes with 1TB drives lasted nine years for one and the other is at ten years and still going. And the one that had issues, I found out the drive was still fine. Just that the power supply corrupted the data. The drive passed the tests I put it through on a PC.

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  3. Apr 3, 2017 #83 of 386
    jlin

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    It's my understanding that the Bolt still cannot stream to PC's web browser yet? It's on mobile devices so far? That means I still need to purchase a Slingbox to be able to watch the shows on bigger PC screen?
     
  4. Apr 3, 2017 #84 of 386
    aaronwt

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    I have no problem streaming from my Bolts to my web browser or to my android tablets and phone.

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  5. Apr 3, 2017 #85 of 386
    atmuscarella

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    I don't think out of home streaming to a web browser works. Perhaps that's what triggered the question.
     
  6. Apr 3, 2017 #86 of 386
    Mikeguy

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    Although TiVo was supposed to be going into beta on that last Fall, and some people may have stumbled into that back then, as they were able to do out-of-home browser streaming, if I recall correctly.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2017 #87 of 386
    Mikeguy

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    At least in the past and based on posts here, TiVo has seemed to have made an issue when the HDD was called to its attention (or, possibly, when the customer was more an issue); more typically, TiVo has seemed to look the other way. Good to hold on to the original HDD, in case you ever need to return the box to TiVo. And, of course, you could wait on doing an HDD replacement until after the 1-year warranty is over (but then you'll have to do something about your recordings--transfer them of lose them).

    Do you really dislike the color white? If so, consider skipping the Bolt Non-Plus and go the Plus (but even then, still . . .). Otherwise, saving $175 is a good thing. I just watched a Youtube video on the HDD replacement process and it looks very basic and do-able (unless you don't like those things--then go the Plus). Also, a small point: maybe one day, you'll decide to leave cable and go OTA--the Non-Plus will do it, the Plus won't.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2017 #88 of 386
    phox_mulder

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    I plopped a 1TB drive in one of my Roamio OTA's before I even turned the thing on.
    Still have the original drive in a box should any problems arise.

    I just saw on another post that TiVo is out of the 1TB Bolts anyway, and since I don't have cable, I think I'm going to get the 500gb version and order a 1TB drive from Amazon the same day.

    My OLED S3 has served me well for 10 years, I think it's time to retire it.

    phox
     
  9. Apr 3, 2017 #89 of 386
    philt56

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    What are people using as 2.5" 3TB drives if they want to expand the disk space themselves?
     
  10. Apr 3, 2017 #90 of 386
    aaronwt

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    Yes out of home is a different story. Out of home works from my Android devices, but the last time I checked I couldn't do it through a browser. But it's been a long time since I tried with a browser from OOH.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2017 #91 of 386
    aaronwt

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    All models showed in stock when I checked a minute ago. I could add them all to the cart and go to the checkout process.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2017 #92 of 386
    aaronwt

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    You might as well get a 2TB drive for only a little more. Or has the price difference increased recently?

    I'm still waiting to get a shipping notice. I ordered two Bolts Friday night and expected to get a shipping notice today. But so far nothing.
     
  13. Apr 3, 2017 #93 of 386
    slongo

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    Phoned to order the Bolt (8pm EST) and was told the 1TB is sold out. Had to go with the 500GB; the Bolt Plus is a bit too expensive.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2017 #94 of 386
    aaronwt

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    It's a better deal anyway. You could put your own 2TB drive in the 500GB Bolt and still spend less money than the 1TB Bolt costs.
     
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  15. Apr 4, 2017 #95 of 386
    BigJimOutlaw

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    Toshiba MQ03ABB300 is popular here. Some (most?) high-capacity 2.5" drives use technology that is toxic for DVRs, but this one is safe.
     
  16. Apr 4, 2017 #96 of 386
    scottopus

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    I agree that Tivo in the past has looked the other way on the HDD upgrades. My biggest concern is Rovi (Tivo’s new owner) Chief Financial Officer Peter Halt’s public declaration "being in the hardware business isn’t something that necessarily excites us." The $175 savings is very tempting but can’t stop thinking that I’ll be giving Tivo/Rovi an out for honoring a $549 all-in warranty.

    I going to go ahead and purchase the Bolt Plus. Thanks for everyone’s inputs!
     
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  17. Apr 4, 2017 #97 of 386
    dmband

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    I'm sure it has been discussed here somewhere, but has anyone tried/did upgrade to a SSD?
     
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    scottopus

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    aaronwt

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    I know at least one person around here put an SSD in their Bolt. There is a thread somewhere about it. But I think they did that to get a silent TiVo? And also put some ultra quiet fan in it.

    I would have no problem putting an SSD in my Bolt if the price was the same as a platter hard drive. But with the price per GB being several times as much it's not cost effective. I know the model of the Samsung SSDs I use have been tested to last far beyond what their MTBF show. ANd I've had no problem running them with my twelve IP cameras(Using Blue Iris camera software), constantly being written and read from for the last few years with no issues. They would work well in a DVR.
     
  20. Apr 4, 2017 #100 of 386
    judyn

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    I don't see anything in the information we got or the web page that it links to about the sacrificial Tivo having to be purchased directly from Tivo. I searched my email and the one I would want to trade is an HD that was purchased through amazon. We also have a Premiere but I prefer to keep it because it can do both OTA and cable simultaneously, should we ever want cable... I suppose we could call to try. They all show up in my account. We don't usually use this Tivo, but it has been connected in the last year, and is now connected.
     

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