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Hi. First, thanks to everyone who replies, in advance. I am a 15 year Tivo user but never been as frustrated with them as I am now. I purchased a BOLT 500 GB and have been trying to marry it to my WD Expander 1TB. No luck.
Following steps done already.
1. Have gotten TIVo to send me a new eSATA cord.
2. Tried another expander (both work fine with my Tivo Premiere and are current on their firmware/listed in the 'supported drives' list).
The Bolt 'sees' the drive and asks me if I want to pair it - but when I select yes, it says 'not supported'.
Please help!
 

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Hi. First, thanks to everyone who replies, in advance. I am a 15 year Tivo user but never been as frustrated with them as I am now. I purchased a BOLT 500 GB and have been trying to marry it to my WD Expander 1TB. No luck.
Following steps done already.
1. Have gotten TIVo to send me a new eSATA cord.
2. Tried another expander (both work fine with my Tivo Premiere and are current on their firmware/listed in the 'supported drives' list).
The Bolt 'sees' the drive and asks me if I want to pair it - but when I select yes, it says 'not supported'.
Please help!
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I have seen reports that the esata cable on the WD expander units is not deep enough for the Bolt. I think if you call Tivo support, they might send you a new cable.
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Odd. Just got off the phone with a Tivo support person and she was rather candid. Said 'it is a known issue and even though your WD Expander is listed as compatible, the Bolt may not pair with it'. She did hint that there were 3rd party companies who could 'help marry the expander' .... ???!!
 

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Odd. Just got off the phone with a Tivo support person and she was rather candid. Said 'it is a known issue and even though your WD Expander is listed as compatible, the Bolt may not pair with it'. She did hint that there were 3rd party companies who could 'help marry the expander' .... ???!!
Why not just replace the 500GB with a 3TB and be done with it? no multiple failure points, drop the new drive in, power it up, you're done.
 

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I wouldn't even consider a external drive. TiVos have so many problems with them and when they unmarry themselves randomly, you lose every single thing you have recorded. It is a shame, but I don't think TiVo handles issues with them very well. The only safe way to expand your storage is to replace the internal drive which can cause warranty issues.
 

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Its the warranty void issue. But if I do go that route, which 3TB drive do you recommend? a quick search of this forum posts seems to turn up more drives that have problems than those which do not ...
 

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Its the warranty void issue. But if I do go that route, which 3TB drive do you recommend? a quick search of this forum posts seems to turn up more drives that have problems than those which do not ...
The warranty issue isn't really that big a deal, if something breaks, put the old drive in for a day and do a warranty call with it in the machine. 99% of the machines out there will never have any type of warranty related issue, if it were me I'd put the 3TB internal in today.
 

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The warranty issue isn't really that big a deal, if something breaks, put the old drive in for a day and do a warranty call with it in the machine. 99% of the machines out there will never have any type of warranty related issue, if it were me I'd put the 3TB internal in today.
Tivos logs will show your past use of an alternate drive. People who open their units must assume the risk tivo will refuse repair, in and out of warranty.

That's a risk many of us are willing to accept. People who don't opt for all in one service get extended service as part of the subscription fee. People are different. Many people don't want to assume responsibility for repairs and may not want to take their chances putting back the original drive
 

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So other than aaronwt, aren't the pulled Seagate Backup Plus HDDs still causing rebooting issues?

What is the best advice, the Toshiba MQ01ABB200 or MQ03ABB300
 

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So other than aaronwt, aren't the pulled Seagate Backup Plus HDDs still causing rebooting issues?

What is the best advice, the Toshiba MQ01ABB200 or MQ03ABB300
AFAIK I'm not the only one not having issues. I still think it might be related to the firmware of the drive. No idea really only that I've still not run into any issues with either 4TB hard drive in my Bolts.
 

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I wouldn't even consider a external drive. TiVos have so many problems with them and when they unmarry themselves randomly, you lose every single thing you have recorded. It is a shame, but I don't think TiVo handles issues with them very well. The only safe way to expand your storage is to replace the internal drive which can cause warranty issues.
I have two TiVo Premieres both are over four years old with 1TB WD DVR Expander's and absolutely NO failures. What I don't do is play with the eSata connectors. I did have a brief issue brush when I moved two years ago and not realizing I hadn't gotten the connector pushed in all the way got an error message when the TiVo booted. Easily fixed by unplugging the power and reasserting the eSata cable was thoroughly and properly inserted.
 

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Wow. Lots of interesting opinions. Here is an intellectual question/question for those who are experts: is there a way to force the Bolt to pair with my WD Expander, especially they are listed as 'approved' by Tivo? Any tricks/software?
 

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So other than aaronwt, aren't the pulled Seagate Backup Plus HDDs still causing rebooting issues?

What is the best advice, the Toshiba MQ01ABB200 or MQ03ABB300
It's odd how that whole topic/thread on those failing Tivo's using pulled external Seagate 4TB drives just died off isn't it? I mean, did they all start working? Would like find out. I know user ParityBit recently reported troubles - but I chalked his up to having an actual bad sector drive. (His was a older 2TB Seagate anyways IIRC)

I'm using a 2.5 Seagate baremetal internal 2TB and it has been working fine. Albeit it has only been a month in use for me, and it's different then the one pulled from those externals others are using. (FEB 2016) release. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C4W2P18/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have yet to hear a complaint come out about the Toshiba drives in regards to TiVo use - though those Toshiba models are getting up there in tech age. Announced 2014 release I believe. Not that it matters to much, but it's something to be aware of. I think recent ones are 2015 so that would be fine. (Misread an article awhile back / double checked just now - 3TB was actually a 2015 release)

Also worth a note - is a NAS forum where a bunch of users chucked external Toshiba 3TB 2.5 drives (inside was the same drive we are talking about) were having luck with them a while back. However in doing my research I did encounter a small handful of complaints about those Toshibas in "general" PC / NAS usage. Nothing TiVo related.

It's a rare baremetal drive though - being premium priced at the time. (First 2.5 3TB drive and one of the few 2.5 3TB in general) And thus still rarish to this day. So long term reliability info is sparse - for me anyways.
 
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