Best Hard Drive for Tablo Quad

New cord cutter here. Received my Tablo Quad a couple weeks ago and am loving it! Running 3+ TVs and computers in the house over Google Wifi and the picture quality is better than cable (even on my 100" projector in the basement). Very pleased! So now I need to get an external hard drive. I know Tablo recommends Western Digital Elements and Seagate Expansion. Costco has a 5TB Seagate One Touch for a good price, but not sure if it will work. Interested to see what the community is using and what is working well. Thanks!

I have been using a Seagate Expansion 5TB drive since September 2015 with no problems. Tho I’ve not used a Seagate One Touch 5TB drive, I see no reason why it wouldn’t work equally well with your new Tablo. Good luck.

And for those using the Western Digital Elements…are you using the desktop or portable version? Does the desktop provide its own power source or depend on the Tablo? Thx!

Thanks 3rd Rock…who knew there were so many HD options now?? :slight_smile:

from my own personal experience Seagate tends to work best.
There was an issue a while back with WD harddrives cutting recording in half
I used an internal Firecuda hybrid 2tb for a while too but ended up switching to a 4tb external Seagate and the performances are about the same as the hybrid drive, except it doesn’t heat as much given the Tablo unit seems to be lacking in cooling when you add an internal 2.5’’ HD

For over a year I’ve used a Western Digital 2TB WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive HDD - 5400 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 128 MB Cache, 2.5" - WD20SPZX with no problems.

Still using my Hitachi 1TB Touro from 2014 on my original Tablo, but same also on the additional one I bought a year later.

Slow rpm drives ftw!

My 6 TB Seagate Skyhawk surveillance drive is the best that I have used with a Tablo over my seven year history. My Quad really gets a workout every day. The mesh enclosure and the drive have been an excellent storage system. Here is a link to my post about it from Feb 2020 :

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I have 3 WD Element drives (2T), two used on tablos and the other for downloading ipad files…works fine.
All portables.