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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 16, 2018 #81 of 102
    V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    just do a search on the model number wd20npvz

    Most of us know that Amazon prices can change almost by the minute, so when you do find something extra good, I suggest you do not wait too long to place the order!
     
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    Tony_T

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    …+$10.50 shipping.
    (I got it a few months ago @$118 w/shipping)
     
  4. Jan 16, 2018 #84 of 102
    Tony_T

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  5. Jan 16, 2018 #85 of 102
    LoREvanescence

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    Decided to go with the 3TB Toshiba for $126.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2018 #86 of 102
    SalemCat

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    LOL !

    Yes, you are 100% right.

    But if the deal seems "too good", just be prepared to never receive it.

    Still, your money will be protected.

    I've had several Amazon deals fall thru in the past few months.

    And sometimes the "Deal" wasn't really that great !
     
  7. Feb 5, 2018 #87 of 102
    DocNo

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    Don't get the Seagate 6TB. Piece of crap - it will work fine for days, then I get nothing but stuttering and pixelization. I knew I shouldn't have bought a Seagate drive - grrr.

    On top of that the Bolt cable card decoder seems overly sensitive to "hot" signals and it doesn't make a good combo.
     
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  8. Feb 5, 2018 #88 of 102
    DocNo

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    The first time it dials home and reports the new capacity, that's how they will immediately know :)

    Thankfully in the past Tivo has been pretty good at looking the other way for Tivo's that have been upgraded as long as the original hard drive is put back in the Tivo before dealing with things like warranty. In the past I've had two Tivo's that were upgraded replaced under warranty after I put the original drive back in.
     
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  9. Feb 10, 2018 #89 of 102
    CIR-Engineering

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    I bought a Western Digital WD20NPVX 2TB 2.5" 15mm Green from seller "sara.won" on eBay (item # 142638926895). They have two drives left right now out of the eight they started with. I negotiated the drive for $67.50 and had a $5 eBay coupon for a total with shipping of $66.25 shipped

    Western Digital WD20NPVX 2TB 2.5" 15mm Green. Great Drive | eBay

    The drive I got had ZERO hours on it as reported by smartctl and was packed very well. Shipping was slow, but the seller is solid and the drive is excellent. Packing was also excellent. Unlike the new BLUE drives wdidle3 also works on these drives and I think it should be used to modify the parking time on BLUE or GREEN drives. The trouble is that wdidle3 doesn't work on new BLUE drives.

    Best,
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  10. Feb 10, 2018 #90 of 102
    Tony_T

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    I understand the difference between WD BLUE and GREEN, but is one preferable over the other for TiVo?
     
  11. Feb 10, 2018 #91 of 102
    CIR-Engineering

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    If you have a Western Digital WD40NPZZ BLUE, please see my PSA post here:

    PSA: WD BLUE WD40NPZZ

    Please direct any questions regarding the WD40NPZZ to THAT thread!

    Best regards,
    craigr
     
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  12. Feb 10, 2018 #92 of 102
    CIR-Engineering

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    There really is no difference between the BLUE and GREEN drives, just marketing. However all GREEN drives can have parking disabled with WDIDLE3, but only early BLUE drives can have parking disabled because WDIDLE3 does not work on later BLUE drives. I am not sure where the cutoff is, but even BLUE drives cannot be disabled after a certain date.

    TiVo Premier and Roamio both use OEM GREEN drives and the BOLT uses a BLACK label drive that is really a GREEN firmware.

    craigr
     
  13. Feb 11, 2018 #93 of 102
    HerronScott

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    Argh, just asked about this in your thread on the 4GB drive. Guess I'll need to take his Bolt apart and disable this next time we visit him at school. I really did not enjoy taking the Bolt apart and putting it back together (and broke one of the clips on the end cap :( ) compared to the our older TiVo's (Roamio Pro, S3 OLED and S1's).

    Scott
     
  14. Feb 11, 2018 #94 of 102
    HerronScott

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    Were you able to register this drive with WD? I had purchased one from Seatech on Amazon which could not be registered for the 2 year warranty.

    Scott
     
  15. Feb 11, 2018 #95 of 102
    SalemCat

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    Got a BOLT ?
    Get yourself the right Torx Security bit, a Spunger, and a few old Credit Cards you can cut up.
    Watch a YouTube Video or two, have glass of Wine to relax (optional), and go to work.
    It's just not that hard to open and close the cases without breaking anything.
     
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  16. Feb 11, 2018 #96 of 102
    Tony_T

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    Spunger made it easy for me.
    My Bolt had a non-security Torx
     
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  17. Feb 11, 2018 #97 of 102
    CIR-Engineering

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    Yes, I would do it ASAP.

    Didn't even try. These drives are surely past their two or possibly three year warranty, that's if they ever had a warranty. Weren't these OEM manufacturer drives and not sold to the general public originally?

    craigr
     
  18. Feb 11, 2018 #98 of 102
    HerronScott

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    The 2TB one you can buy direct from WD so that should be a retail one.

    Scott
     
  19. Feb 16, 2018 #99 of 102
    CIR-Engineering

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    You can always go on the WD web site to check warranty status. They base it on date of manufacture.

    craigr
     
  20. HerronScott

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    Except in this case the drive was an OEM one sold by Seatech on Amazon so was not able to register it.

    Scott
     

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