Maybe Tablo should publish a list of recommended HDDs? That, of course, would be a TERRIBLE idea, as it indirectly makes Tablo liable for HDD failures.
And I will have to retract my statement about Tablo putting in a fan originally. I misremembered from reading the pages and pages AND PAGES of Tablo community forum posts about how the Quad overheats.
But my original point still stands: The Quad has a problem with overheating. I’m not the only one with this issue, as other posters will corroborate. A customer shouldn’t have to research a storage device for a consumer product. It’s not like people are putting in 10k RPM SAS drives their Quads.
Laptop drives are designed to run cool and with as little power draw as possible. Sure, I can put in a NAS drive, specifically designed to handle higher temps and more activity, but Tablo needs to be the one telling me that, not a random person (no insult intended at all) on a community forum.
If Microsoft released an Xbox that needed to be oriented in a different position than the one it was designed for, or needed an external drive because the internal had a risk of overheating, there would be howls of protest from the gaming community and there would be an eventual fix. Remember the “red ring of death?”
I’ll still recommend Tablo to my family and associates. I think it’s a great product. But I will warn them about possible overheating issues before they make their purchase.