Upgrading an Edge

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  1. johnbrown44

    johnbrown44 New Member

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    I don't think a homemade sticker would fool any but the most casual of observers. For sure post if you have success, but most of these security stickers are pretty thin. Some discolor if heated. Worth a try for sure.
     
  2. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I can try it myself (the copy). see how it works. If not good could ask someone at a print shop if they can do it. As for the heating, I would probably test on my Bolt sticker first, it is already out of warranty. Or there are some citrus based "cleaners" (industrial version of De-Solv-It for one, the consumer version has some soap, industrial does not) I've used to remove stickers before. NOT the petro based ones, those will destroy the sticker (well at least fade it).

    And actually though I am anxious to test the upgrade on the Edge I think I will just use the 500GB drive for awhile. For sure the 30 day return period. Probably the 90 day free replacement period. Maybe longer, til the 500 gets full or the 12 month $50 replacement period.
     
  3. Old Roamio 0

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    I tried but was unsuccessful with a simple swap. I hoped to upgrade by just switching out the 500 GB Seagate 2.5 drive it came with, with a 2 TB WD 2.5 drive. It did not work. It just stayed on starting up with a blinking green light. I put the old one back in and at first it did not work anymore either. Starting up for a day. Later I figured out how to make it work again, lucky. (I took the drive out then plugged it the tivo in. Lights blinked a few min. Then unplugged it, and put the drive back in. - It worked then - re original drive.)
     
  4. Old Roamio 0

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    Tivo's are tricky. I'm afraid to take the drive back out again to try again, might not work after.
     
  5. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    Bolts and Edge are VERY tricky, do NOT want to swap drives around once up and running. For those who like to fiddle around with drives (like me), best to stick with Roamios. If you are putting in a new drive and not using a MFST copy or copy/expand best to zero out the drive first.
     
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  6. Sixto

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    I went with external enclosures and WD30PURZ Purple drives for both new Edge's. The Purple drives should last a long time, but if any issue I'll just swap out in the enclosure, should take 5 minutes. Hopefully though these Purple drives will last forever. I also just swapped out a 7+ year old AV-GP drive in the Roamio that was fine, but figured would start with all new Purple drives in the 3 DVR's for the next 5+ years hopefully.
     
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  7. tommage1

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    The purples could outlast Tivo as a company ;)
     
  8. Sixto

    Sixto Member TCF Club

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    I believe that. :)
     
  9. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I think it's best to hook a new drive up to a PC and use the free CrystalDiskInfo utility to check the health of the drive and then use the windows disk management utility to delete all partitions before trying to use it in a Tivo.
     
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  10. Old Roamio 0

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    Thank you. I will look up Crystaldiskinfo and try it. I really wanted the Tivo to be more than 500 GB. Thanks.
     
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  11. Sixto

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    I've been using DriveDx, great tool!
     
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  12. Rick Keifer

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  13. Rick Keifer

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    Did you ever get to the bottom of this. I am having the same issue. The old drive shows the 3 blinking lights (bad hard drive) when i replace with a SSD 2tb 2.5 drive it just sits on the starting up screen. Do we need to format the new drive in a particular way? Anyone?
     
  14. tommage1

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    I assume you are talking about an Edge since this is an Edge thread. Edge is TE4 only, cannot use SSDs.
     
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    After I get a new drive, clone it ... I plan to then increase the partition. thanks.
     
  16. tommage1

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    If you are want to stick with a 2.5" drive, try this one. Samsung/Seagate 2TB CMR drive, three 667GB platters so only 9.5mm thick, will fit in Edge. Need to find new, might have to be patient, would not pay more than $60-80 myself. Most of the larger capacity 2.5" CMR drives are 15mm, fine for Bolt, really tight squeeze for Edge.

    HN-M201RAD / ST2000LM003 2TB
     
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  17. Old Roamio 0

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    Thanks!
     
  18. Old Roamio 0

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    The first one I tried - the WD 2.5" drive (2Tb) - it actually did fit into the Tivo Edge's sata port and the surrounding metal enclosure. I could then put the metal lid, and then the outside case back on - it just didn't work. I'm going to order the Seagate - maybe it recognizes that brand better?
     
  19. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    Was the WD a CMR drive? If not that would explain why it did not work. I think these are the ONLY 2TB 2.5" WD drives that are CMR. Not sure how thick they are. SMR drives usually smaller (less thick) as they use SMR platters which hold more info, ie less platters needed.

    WD20NPVX Green
    WD20NPVZ Blue
    WD20NPVT Green
     
  20. tommage1

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    Oh, it's not brand usually, it's CMR vs SMR. And the majority of 2.5" drives over 1TB are SMR. ALL current models.
     

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