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Upgrading TiVo Bolt to 1TB or higher - instructions?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by kenarcia, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Jan 8, 2018 #61 of 102
    atmuscarella

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    Yes, but how many hours of TV a drive actually holds ends up being based on decisions made by your cable provider or OTA broadcaster, not just they type of show it is.
     
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  2. Jan 9, 2018 #62 of 102
    Tony_T

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    % full is all that really matters.
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2018 #63 of 102
    Tony_T

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    Where does the seller get so many "Low Low Hour" drives? (167 sold per eBay) — are they drives that didn't pass WD QC?
    (btw, only 1 left per eBay)
     
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  4. Jan 9, 2018 #64 of 102
    V7Goose

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    Who knows? They may be buying up all the junk Bolts being returned for various problems - paying just cents on the dollar for landfill, then stripping out the drives and selling the ones that test good.
     
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  5. Jan 9, 2018 #65 of 102
    SalemCat

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    Can't be.

    Too many 4TB drives.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2018 #66 of 102
    V7Goose

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    Think again - where do you think all the "refurb" TiVo boxes come from? Every single one of them was a return!
     
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  7. Jan 9, 2018 #67 of 102
    SalemCat

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    But TiVo does not manufacture a 4TB Model.

    They top out at 3TB.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2018 #68 of 102
    SalemCat

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    eBay central_valley_computer_parts_inc

    Very easy to correspond with. Nice people. Great prices.

    Wasn't very happy with the crummy BUBBLE BAG they shipped the HD in.

    It was in a Pink Anti-Static Ziploc, and wrapped with plenty of Bubble Wrap inside the Bubble Bag.

    I simply much prefer a BOX.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2018 #69 of 102
    ohboy710

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    So forgive me if I ask a stupid question, but am I reading that if I want to put a new drive into the Bolt, I just physically replace the drive, power it on and Tivo does the rest? There is nothing I need to do ahead of time for it to actually load the software? I assumed something had to be installed onto the disk in advance.

    Also, my current Bolt hard drive went bad and I sent it to Tivo with the $49 replacement plan. In the future if this happens again and I tried to replace the drive myself but failed for whatever reason, would I be able to put the failed hard drive back into the bolt and ship it to them without them knowing I messed with it?
     
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  10. Jan 9, 2018 #70 of 102
    SalemCat

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    #1 Open Bolt.
    #2 Install new Drive and run it until setup loads. This will put the basic files MFS requires to recognize it as a TiVo HD. Unplug Bolt.
    #3 Remove HD from Bolt; install as a second (or 3rd, etc) HD in a Desktop Computer.
    #4 Download MFS from the Internet onto the Desktop Computer (hopefully Windows 10)
    #5 Run MFS to format the TiVo HD. This will take a minute or less.
    #6 Reinstall HD into Bolt, and close it up.

    Go to the Thread titled "MFS Reformatter (mfsr)"

    I used MFSR1004.zip

    I don't understand the second part of your question. However, there is no Anti-Tamper Sticker that you need to tear to get inside the case. So if you are careful, and break no tabs, I don't know how they would know. Be very careful with the little white cable clips that stick to the top of the HD. Those I did break.

    I saved the new 500GB that came with my new TiVo. Hopefully I will not need to return it on any warranty.
     
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  11. Jan 9, 2018 #71 of 102
    Tony_T

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    MFS needed for 4+ TB drive.
    For 3TB or less....
    Just install the drive.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2018 #72 of 102
    James Michaelsen

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    That drive does not appear on their site.

    You get the last one?
     
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  13. Jan 10, 2018 #73 of 102
    SalemCat

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    Beats me.

    They do respond quickly, so if you are in the market I'd go to eBay and ask them if they can offer one to you.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2018 #74 of 102
    krkaufman

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    Enter the model # (WD40NPZZ) into the search bar on the following page:

    Central Valley Computer Parts Inc | eBay Stores

    It looks like you have two options from which to choose.
     
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  15. Jan 11, 2018 #75 of 102
    Tony_T

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    I think they sold out of the 3T drives.
     
  16. Jan 16, 2018 #76 of 102
    LoREvanescence

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    So I'm looking/pricing out a internal drive replacement for my TiVo Bolt as My Book AV Expander external drive just died.

    I looked up the 3TB Toshiba Drive on Amazon and found that only one unit was available from a third party seller for $170. This drive also comes up with a few available form third party sellers for $126, but I'm not 100% sure it's the same drive as I can't find mention of the model number: https://www.amazon.com/3Tb-2-5In-Sa...TF8&qid=1516114443&sr=8-1&keywords=MQ03ABB300


    Would any drive that is PMR work? Or are their other technologies that may be toxic to DVR's on even most PMR drives.

    What do people recommend. So far I have only seen the Toshiba drive I listed mentioned, and the low hour WD on Ebay. Would I want to chance one of those lo hour drives, and it appears only 4 TB is available. Would a Bolt take a 4 TB drive?
     
  17. Jan 16, 2018 #77 of 102
    Tony_T

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    The #1 drive recommended is the 3T Toshiba.
    You can go 4T, but you need to initialize it to work in the Bolt (easy to do), the 3T is just plug-n-play.
    Also recommended is a 2T WD (I used this as 2T is more than enough for my needs)
     
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    V7Goose

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    That drive is currently available from Amazon Prime for only $87 - a great deal.
     
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  20. Jan 16, 2018 #80 of 102
    LoREvanescence

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    It shows $119.97 Prime for me.
     

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