Looking for a good Hard Drive

I have the 1 TB model only because there was a deal going on at the time. In reality, I hope the next time there is a deal with Newegg, they allow us to pay the difference between the 1 TB and 2 TB drives. The 1 TB works fine except not as much space.

Please let us know how your HDD endeavours go as I’m looking to upgrade my current 320 GB HDD.


What’s nice is that WD Elements are pretty cheap (price wise) compared to most too. You can find the 1TB on sale every 3rd week and save another 15-25%

@ToddExyz Just chiming in to say that the Elements line is our #1 recommended disk!

I have had nothing but trouble with my WD Elements 1TB drive. Every time I log in the Tablo I see the dreaded “No Hard Drive”. I have to trudge down to the basement, unplug the drive and plug it back in. The Tablo shows it as a WD Elements 10A8 1042 (WDBUZG0010BBK-NESN). I have even tried setting up a cron job that runs SurLaTablo every 4 hours but that hasn’t helped.

Have you tried updating the firmware using the WD utility? That has helped many users.

The ‘1042’ is the noted firmware version of the Elements disk which causes the drive to go offline. You can follow this link to upgrade the firmware on the disk - and you won’t lose any of your existing recordings.

Thanks! I will try that tonight.

Thanks for responding. I thought I had looked into a firmware update a few weeks ago but must have missed it.

I’m expecting to get a check in a few weeks that I’ll be buying Tablo & the other required items, so that’s why I haven’t really responded in a few days. That & this has been a pretty hectic week but I’m glad to see all the comments you guys have posted. In doing ‘my homework’ on the Tablo I haven’t yet read the manual but I’m already learning a lot from this community, so, THANKS!

I had another question about hard drives: Can’t you just swap them out when they get full or just watch the content of what is on a particular drive?

Also, what about SSDs [solid state drives]? Since they have no moving parts they might last longer & have potentially other benefits?

I think @marjamar might be able to answer that for you.

Swapping out the hard disk allows you to continue recording, but Tablo keeps track of what has been recorded even when the drive has been swapped out. In other words, Tablo will say shows are recorded that are not on the current drive. I haven’t found a way around this, so it is another item for Tablo to consider fixing.

You can reset the Tablo after swapping out to a new drive, but then you will have to schedule all of your recordings again.

Just these last few days I have been testing Jestep’s Tablo Exporter and I do believe this is a much better solution then swapping out Tablo’s hard disk. Tablo Exporter works very easy and gives you a permanent copy of all your recordings you care to save. Once save, delete the recordings from you current hard disk to replenish space and keep current what is physically recorded on the hard disk.

Jestep has done more then a great job on this and quite honestly I don’t know why everyone isn’t using Tablo Exporter to save at least select recordings for future use. Outside of this discussion, but I also use PLEX as my media server and storing saved recordings as well as other content using PLEX is the best solution I have ever found for putting together a personal home media center.

Here’s Jesteps (soon to be famous) Tablo Exporter Thread - Tablo Exporter - Export Tablo Recordings


You really have not answered @ToddExyz

Have you actually yet tried to put an old drive back on the Tablo and see if you can watch those recordings? You may be unpleasantly surprised that it may not work, as the Tablo was not intended or designed to swap out drives.

We’re all curious - please let us know.

Any content on any drive connected to Tablo, where that content is listed in Tablo will play that content. Only real problem I’ve found would be wasting time trying to play listed content that isn’t physically on the drive. I will be using Tablo Explorer to backup most existing content from the original drive and from a drive copy that will be moved back to the original drive after the existing content is backed up. In all of this, it really doesn’t make any real difference to me how Tablo indexes content, as Tablo Exporter is using the actual physical drive content for it’s backup. I am not watching content played back using the Tablo at all, but when I do swap the drives around, I will have a look and try to play content back at that time and comment back here.

Cool - thanks!

As long as you can extract the contents off the first hard drive after replacing it with a second hard drive, that’s great news.

That makes me wonder if the drives would work connected to a USB hub.

Tablo’s controller is very persnickety so I really doubt it.


Go AMAZON… Search for 3.5" 4TB Hybrid Drive. Your looking for 7200 RPM &

Seagate 4TB Gaming SSHD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST4000DX001)

Now you have a choice. Get an enclosure, or get a Dock.

I suggest a dock, as you can then replace the drive as it is plug & play. You just want to make sure i is a USB 3.0

I have been using these for years, and with MacSales.com been using a firewire Dock, using it to clone 2.5" Hybred Drives to clone my internal when replacing it etc.

That was the first one that came up on Amazon. You can get makes and models off Amazon and then search for your best price wherever.

The POINT IS you want a HYBRED Drive, giving you SSD speed when reading, so when you are streaming it is less work for the Tablo, and the Tablo never waits on the drive…

WRITING will be at NORMAL 7200 RPM writes speed.

I am not endorsing product i am endorsing a technology & SPECS:


Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) kit, you can experience SSD-like READING performance for a fraction of the cost.


7200 RPM
64MB Cache (1-4TB)
sata 6 0 gb

I would warn you for being cheap and only getting a 1 or 2TB Drive as when you do cost per MB the little bit more buys a whole lot of future.

Have fun

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