Thanks for your input and feedback about your use of an SSD for a couple of years without any problems. I like the idea of speed with the SSD and initially I thought that was the best option until I started to hear issues and limitations with the number of read/write when you constantly use it for writing and erasing over and over like using it for a dvr and how when they have issues they do it big with complete loss/failure but it sounds like you’ve had very good luck with it.
What brand SSD have you been using, if you don’t mind sharing?
I’ve used external hdd’s for everything and have never had one completely fail but the speed of the ssd is definitely worth considering. I found either one would be about $150. I know 8TB is overkill for the hdd. I’ve found 5TB’s for about $110 but I was just trying to compare ssd vs hdd that are in the same price range.
All my hdd’s have been 250-750GBs and never had one fail but the idea of 7-10x faster speed of the ssd for something like this might be worth trying, so long as the possibility of the ssd failing and losing everything is something I can live with.
I thought about getting 1TB ssd for dvr speed and 5TB hdd for backing it up but that just seems like too much. It would cost less than $200 to do this but it still seemed like too much.
IMHO, you’d be recording HD stuff… my MeTV doesn’t fit that.
I get by on my OG Tablos, mind you, they transcode to efficient streaming formats, with just 1TB USB bus powered drives. 4th gen since is stores (when not archiving) in native MPEG2 AC-3… it’s a lot “weightier”.
My OG 2 tuner is going to be 9 years old in a few months. The 1tb (spinning) hard drive it’s using was a few years old when I connected it to the Tablo. Showing no signs of quitting. Tablo still is using the original power supply as well.
That’s funny…lol. No plans to record all of meTV. I do record lots of sports and movies and sometimes a bit of a hoarder but based on everyone’s feedback and input it sounds like 1-2TB should be plenty.
There is more to performance than transfer speed. That’s why I wrote the word “responsiveness”. Latency is way better with an SSD, so Tablo might react faster when you start playback, or skip forward or back.
There’s some truth to this, but it’s funnels on funnels… so the if there’s a bigger bottleneck that isn’t solved by the use of an SSD, you may never really feel the latency improvement that much. As the world moves to “all SSD”, eventually, there will be no need of any discussion.
For now, it’s “either/or” (user’s choice). But with that said, without periodic trim, you might shorten the lifespan of the SSD. Have no idea if a periodic trim job exists on the Tablo though.
AFAIK, periodic trim is still “needed” to avoid starvation (in the case of deletes), since in depth knowledge of the filesystem isn’t known by the storage device independently of the OS. But, feel free to change my mind on that.