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    Quote Originally Posted by Welker View Post
    Hi Michael, I think I have a faulty drive too. In your experience, would you suggest even bothering with getting a new drive or do you think it's better to just get the whole new unit?
    It's a Bolt Plus?

    Do you have lifetime service on it?

    Even if you don't, it's $200 less to get just the drive. I'd go that way. There's nothing else there that's likely to fail at all.
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    I just had this same problem (flashing lights of death) ... but fortunately still have 1.5 years left on my extended warranty for the Bolt+ with lifetime service. Even so, with losing some content (shows transferred from earlier TiVo boxes) and noting that the lifespan of this drive has been less than any of my other TiVos (dating back to the 240 model), I'm feeling a bit annoyed and a bit worried.

    So now the question, with the box being sent back for RMA ... is it likely that, had I tried to pull it myself, it could be a situation where I could have recovered content? (Note: I've put hard drives in all my other TiVos before this one and don't find that sort of thing daunting.) Admittedly glad I bought the extended warranty, but even so ... they won't send me back the dead drive for me to poke at.

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    Once these drives fail, there's almost always no way to recover any content, unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WK-Michael View Post
    Once these drives fail, there's almost always no way to recover any content, unfortunately.
    Well, at least I had purchased the extended warranty and they claim they're sending a replacement (a refurb 3T Bolt Vox) ...

    I am wondering if you have the impression that the new hard drives (or SSDs, I dunno) are now of a different quality than the earlier ones. I have had several boxes for years without any drive problems but this one bit the dust in 19 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhino View Post
    Well, at least I had purchased the extended warranty and they claim they're sending a replacement (a refurb 3T Bolt Vox) ...

    I am wondering if you have the impression that the new hard drives (or SSDs, I dunno) are now of a different quality than the earlier ones. I have had several boxes for years without any drive problems but this one bit the dust in 19 months.
    These Bolts use laptop 2.5" drives. I'd say we don't have nearly as much experience with them as with the desktop 3.5" drives, but from what we've seen, we'd agree they aren't quite as robust as the latest desktops (which are really amazing).

    SSDs are really not right for streaming video applications at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhino View Post
    ... I'm feeling a bit annoyed and a bit worried...
    I'm worried with all the failures that I'm seeing of the Tivo Bolts.

    I bought one of your units modified with the 3TB drive. Is the drive that you use considered better than that in the oem Tivo units? I also signed up through Tivo for the lifetime service, which now, accoring to my Tivo account, has been changed over to the "all in one" service. Since my unit is modified(by you) is my "all in one service" good with you or Tivo.

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    AIP - All in Plan - is about the guide data and OS updates. It's not a hardware warranty.

    We use the same 3 TB drive that TiVo does for Bolts.
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    Oh...
    Since we have had it, we have never shut it off,(enter into stand by). Just recently, I had to re-boot it to get it going, a couple of times. Since then, I've started entering into stand by before we go to bed. Will this help? Have I been causing the drive to overheat by never shutting it off.

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    Nope - standby mode just cuts the video output. It doesn't put less stress on the unit. But it also shouldn't hurt.
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    My TiVo Bolt+ 3TB has gone into the four-flashing-light mode after 2.5 years (Sep 2016). It has had a long-standing problem where, if it lost power, you had to wait 20-30 minutes before powering it on again or it'd just sit there with no lights. Found some threads suggesting that it's a power supply problem; replacing the external A/C adapter didn't help me. I'm assuming that the no-lights problem has nothing to do with the hard drive, so simply replacing the drive wouldn't fix the other issue (which I'm guessing will turn into a total failure at some point).

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