@ClearToLand had the best answer so far. If you want something a little faster than the Roameo, then a Bolt running TE3 with no more than a 2TB drive. The 3TB drives are failure prone. Even better upgrade to an external 3.5 inch drive from Weaknees or a do it yourself external upgrade as discussed in several threads previously.
It appears that your main problem is with TE4, which is all the Edge will run. Personally I won't move to TE4 or an Edge until I have absolutely no other choice.
My 3TB Bolt+ died a few months ago (failed harddrive yet again on that unit) and I got the Edge. I use the 1st gen mini in my other room. Based on your comment I’m wondering if I can revive my Bolt+ by hooking up an external harddrive to it and use it in place of the mini? I deactivated my service though on the Bolt+ and bought Lifetime with the Edge. Just curious what my options are with the Bolt (if any). Thanks for any input.
Everyone on the internet has an opinion - here are mine:You could go the inexpensive route by replacing the 3TB in your Bolt with a new 2TB. The 3TB 2.5 inch drives have proven very unreliable. There are several threads with 2TB replacement drive recommendations. A more expensive solution if you really want a 3TB drive is to install an external 3TB 3.5 inch drive. Weaknees has a package with the drive, enclosure power supply cables, replacement portion of the case with a pre cut hole for the cable for $250. Great video instructions as well. You can roll you own as well. Probably less expensive, but more trouble to get the right hard drive, case and cables. There are several threads here discussion that option as well.
I when with the Weaknees solution just because it was easier for me. I've got more money than time right now.
If you had lifetime on your Bolt, that should still be intact. If you were on an annual plan you'll have to sign back for another one. You will be able to use TE3 or TE4 on your old Bolt after the modifications.
- TiVo, the company, is merely a shadow of what it was in 2000 and is slowly 'fading into the sunset'.
- A Bolt Series 6 TiVo Unit * WITH * a bad HDD * WITHOUT * Lifetime is (basically) worthless.
- The Roamio Series 5 TiVo Units were the * BEST * TiVo Units built-to-date.
- If you need 4K, or 'Streaming' capability, buy a separate device (i.e. Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire Stick 4K, ChromeCast with Google TV, TiVo Stream 4K, etc...)
- If you're 'Technically-Capable' (i.e. MOST 'Technically-Capable' folks don't need to ask 'Basic Technical' Questions), you can add an EXTERNAL 3½" HDD to a TiVo Bolt * BUT *, IMHO, you'd probably do better buying a Series 5 Roamio with Lifetime on eBay, installing a NEW 3TB Western Digital Red Plus NAS HDD into that and running TE3.