What is the favorite replacement hard drive in 2020?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by genebopp, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. Mar 7, 2020 #1 of 14

    genebopp Member

    Dec 11, 2008


    I have looked over the old drive threads, but haven't seen a recommendation for a drive in a long time. I have a drive that is probably on the way out. What is the favorite drive of today?
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  2. Mar 7, 2020 #2 of 14

    RegGuheert Member

    Mar 16, 2019
    Great question!

    And to those who will make recommendations, please tell us whether you are running TE3 or TE4. TIA!
  3. Mar 8, 2020 #3 of 14

    JayMan747 Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Yes, please.
    My External Drive just died.
  4. Mar 9, 2020 #4 of 14

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Often recommended from early on: the Toshiba 3TB 2.5" hard drive, Toshiba model no. MQ03ABB300. Toshiba - MQ03ABB300 - Festplatte - 3TB - intern - 6,4 cm (2.5\") - SATA 6G NEW | eBay Note that this drive has been EOL'ed and so palatable prices can be harder to find.

    It's sibling 2TB drive has been on sale through Amazon.com for a whoppingly low $49.99--if I needed a new drive, I'd run and grab it. https://www.amazon.com/TOSHIBA-MQ03...SQHKYRZ1CJ8&psc=1&refRID=G7MHJB178SQHKYRZ1CJ8

    Have been using the 3TB drive in my Bolt box for almost 11 months, now, with no issue; TE3.*

    * What is this "TE4" thing of which you speak? ;)
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  5. Mar 9, 2020 #5 of 14
    My Cape is a Recliner

    My Cape is a Recliner Member

    Oct 5, 2019


    My recommendation is to go back and actually read the threads again. What do you think has changed? These aren't smartphones that come out with new features every year. There is no 2020 Spring season line for hard drives.
  6. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I second Mikeguy's recommendations. I don't think anything has change in the past few months. I've had the 3TB Toshiba in my Bolt for 7 months, no issues, TE3. If I was replacing the drive now, I'd go with the 2TB Toshiba, for reasons mentioned above.
  7. RegGuheert

    RegGuheert Member

    Mar 16, 2019
    Thanks for the recommendations!
    It's that TiVo UI which is the only option for my Bolt OTA. ;)
    RTFM is never an enlightening reply, but that is particularly true on a forum which does not have a wiki associated with it containing only information which has been fully vetted.
    Here are some things that HAVE actually changed:
    - Toshiba has EOLed the most-highly-recommended drive for Bolts, as Mikeguy pointed out in the post just above yours. I'm sure many other drives recommended here for the Bolt over the years have also been EOLed.
    - TiVo has added a whitelist of drives to the TE4 software on their equipment, meaning that the vast majority of drives that can be purchased and tried WILL NOT WORK. I know where to find a list of hard drives which will NOT work under TE4, but I have yet to find a concise list of drives which WILL work under TE4.

    Thanks! That is what I have just done! I will keep the 1TB that came with the unit as my spare.
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  8. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    It would be great to hear back how the Toshiba 2TB behaves with TE4--there seems to have been such scattered reporting on replacement hard drives and TE4, especially with the seeming rash of malfunctioning that seemed to occur at one point a year+ ago.
  9. RegGuheert

    RegGuheert Member

    Mar 16, 2019
    I will do just that. My Bolt OTA is new, so I won't lose too many recordings by swapping the drive right now.

    Perhaps OP can compile a list of 2.5" drives which work in Bolts under TE4 in the top post.
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    Nobody knows why some drives work under TE4 and others don't.
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  11. JimmyDean

    JimmyDean New Member

    Jun 18, 2019
    I put the 2Gb Toshiba in my Bolt OTA tonight and it is working fine. I replaced the OEM WD 1Tb which failed. Only few hours on the new drive working fine.
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  12. ShoopDog

    ShoopDog New Member

    Jan 22, 2003
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  13. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    It’s not completely germain but rather just factoids, but I’ve had the 3tb drive running in my bolt (TE3) since app. Summer 2018. Running fine

    I suppose if it does start to fail I’ll just toss in the 2TB Tosh. I’m running well below capacity on the 3TB at this time anyways with us streaming far more content than recording content.

    As always, thanks to this forum for the solid information!
  14. Runch Machine

    Runch Machine Active Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    I have a Series 6 Bolt Vox for OTA with 4 tuners on TE4. Will the 2 TB Toshiba drive linked to above, work in this model?

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