Might be time to switch..

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  1. Rich

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    Can you add a larger HDD to the Bolt? When we had TiVos I upgraded them all to larger HDDs.

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  2. trh

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    Must be able too. I see Weakness has a unit for sale with 10TB...2 internal and 8 external.

    Not that I'm recommending them.
     
  3. Rich

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    I figured it was possible, just wondered if anything in their TOS stopped customers from modifying the TiVos.

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  4. compnurd

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    It will void the warranty.
     
  5. Rich

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    How would they know?

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  6. compnurd

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    from reading on another forum.. if there is an issue with the unit and diagnostics are sent.. it will report a different hard drive
     
  7. slice1900

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    "Officially" yes switching the drive voids Tivo's warranty, but I've never heard of anyone being refused warranty service because of it. Obviously you should return it to its original config before you ship it back to Tivo for service, and if they think you've damaged something with a clumsy drive swap then it is on you. That's probably why they don't explicitly say "go ahead and swap drives and it won't void your warranty". There are always stupid people who will install a drive and break something, and then try to claim warranty repairs.

    Tivo will autoformat any blank drive that is installed, which would otherwise require formatting it under Linux before installing. They wouldn't take steps to make something easier if they didn't want it happening...
     
  8. Rich

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    Huh. Never expected that. Must be some powerful software involved, no?

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  9. Rich

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    I guess the D* TiVos didn't fall under the same scrutiny? I modified many D* TiVos and never had any problems. They were easier to modify (by adding larger HDDs) than the HRs. They also did not format the blank HDDs, I had to pay a premium price for formatted HDDs from Weaknees.

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  10. slice1900

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    It is a simple 'INFO' command to get that from the drive. Probably every device that has a hard drive in it accesses that info every time it starts up. Whether they care is another matter. I have to assume Directv "knows" you are using different drives in your HR24s, as well as anyone else doing it (whether they are owned or leased) but it is probably in some database and they never looked at it, other than maybe once someone did a query to see 'what percentage of customers have a non standard drive installed' if they needed that info.
     
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  11. Diana C

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    TiVo Bolts use 2.5" hard drives (i.e. laptop size) and so max out currently at 4TB. To go larger requires case modification and running a SATA cable out to an external enclosure.

    TiVo's policy on drive replacements has always been that it voids the warranty. However, until recently, they have not enforced that rule. There have been several reports recently where warranty service was denied to uses with expanded drive capacity (available and in use disk space is part of the stats reported home by TiVos).

    We switched to FiOS with 2 TiVo Roamio Pros and 5 minis over two years ago to replace our Genie, 3 HR-2X DVRs, 2 Minis and a H-25. That switch saved us about $100/month versus the programming and outlet fees charged by DirecTV. We broke even on our hardware costs in less than 18 months and have been pocketing that $100 every month since. We just signed a new 2 year agreement and we're still saving $100/month versus DirecTV. IMO, the FiOS HD picture quality is as good as DirecTV's and the SD quality is MUCH, MUCH better.
     
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  12. davahad

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    The Bolt+ is now out with 6 Tuners and 3TB Hard Drive.
     
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  13. JoeTheDragon

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    The directv boxes have e-sata and they said some time a go unlike dish we don't make you pay more to use an ext disk.
     
  14. bmetelsky

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    DISH doesn't make you pay more to use an EHD. DISH's implementation of EHD use is better than DTV in the sense that DISH allows use of the internal and external hard drives. If you plug an EHD in to the Genie's, you lose the ability to access the internal drive.
     
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  15. anex80

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    Not true. Dish charges a one-time fee of $40 to activate the EHD feature.
     
  16. James Long

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    The $40 fee only applies on receivers without their own hard drive: Wally, ViP 211, 211k, and 211z.
    There is no fee for connecting a drive to DVRs: ViP 612, 622, 722, 722k, 922, and Hopper (series).

    On the DVRs the drive is tied to the account and can be moved between receivers (even to a replacement receiver) as long as the account remains active. The drive is additional storage and does not affect the internal storage (EPG, timers, etc).
     

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