Right now, I have a 2-tuner with an external 3TB WD Elements external hard drive attached. The dual tuner has 64GBs of storage on it.
I have two questions:
I do not know exactly what data is or is not on the 64GBs of on-board storage on the dual tuner.
But if there is content there, I want to be able to transfer it over to my external 3TB WD Elements
external hard drive.
I also do not want to lose any of my data on the 3TB storage.
From the related topic, it somewhat appears that a call to Tablo tech support can do this?
I just am trying to confirm this before I open the box of my newly delivered 4-tuner.
I speculate that I can find out what content (if any) is stored on the on-board 64GB storage by doing something simple: I will just remove the external hard drive, and then see what recordings, if any, are stored on the Tablo itself.
But if there are a lot of recordings in those 64GBs, I could have a real problem.
I read the comment from Tablo itself, and is that for real? You actually lose data if you want to upgrade?!
That really seems extremely user unfriendly. A company about managing content like Tablo should not lose content, right? Isn’t this kind of a first principle?
I can’t seem to find the article at the moment but I think I remember reading when you add the drive all new recordings go to it but any existing recordings that went to the 64GB internal storage can be played back, just no new recordings can go to it.
I will first detach my external 3TB hard drive my dual-tuner Tablo. I can then get an idea as to what content is actually on the dual-tuner’s on-board 64GB storage. I can then be sure I have set up my new 4-tuner tablo.
I want to make sure, at the very least, that I have both the dual-tuner tablo and the 4-tuner connected to my home network. If I don’t have that done, I doubt that Tablo tech support can help me. So I will get that configured over the week-end, and be ready to call Tablo tech early next week.
Of course it is possible that the content (if any) on the dual-tuner’s on-board 64GB storage is not something I care so much about. If so, I won’t pursue moving the data over to my external 3TB hard drive.
Make sure you get your recording schedule set up on the 4 tuner. You don’t want to accidentally add content to the old Tablos internal memory.
I think it would be possible to move the data but it would require a lot of work and some technical skills. I don’t personally have access to the 64G model or I would try it myself. I suspect you could copy over the actual data from the 64GB internal storage to the 3TB external storage. The issue would be the databases. I suspect there are 2 databases. That’s they way I would do it. Keep the internal and external drives completely separate so if one fails the other would still work. It might take a while to merge the two database if that is in fact how they did it.
It would be nice if Tablo created a utility to move everything to the external drive.