I’m using the Western Digital Elements drive, 2TB, which was the largest of the recommended drives available at the time… I think it cost about $80 or so at the time.
WD Elements 10B8 1012 (2000 GB)
It’s been a reliable drive for me, with over a year of operation on it now. With my usage patterns, which are to record/watch/delete for the most part, I rarely if ever exceed 10% of its capacity. There are very few shows that I’d want to save, and if I did, I’d pull them off of Tablo with CycleJ’s Tablo Ripper and archive them on to my NAS drive.
I just purchased my Tablo & WD 1 TB Elements hard drive & got them up & running last Friday 8/5/2016. It worked wonderfully until Monday evening. I came home & first got the “no hard drive connected” message. I rebooted & it recognized the HD was there but I could not get any recordings to actually play, then I discovered I could not connect to any live channels & was getting the “weak signal error” yet when I checked my settings all my channels showed 5 dots. And all other streaming services were working fine.
Tablo support suggested it my be my HD & when I disconnected it the live channels were accessible again. I’m just frustrated at this point.
That’s not a function within the Tablo. One has to use a computer to wipe out the existing partition on the drive and then reintroduce the drive to the Tablo so it can repartition it. There are notes for doing so at this forum one would have to hunt down.
BTW was the drive purchased within the last 30 days and might be returnable?
The reason I asked whether you were using the original cable is that some people found it too short and replaced it with a longer one. Due to some voltage requirement, they ran into trouble doing so.
If you have a spare USB flash drive, it might be worthwhile to plug that in and see whether the Tablo’s reception works with something other than the drive in place.
I am re-formatting mine right now, but I fear it might be corrupted beyond
repair for some reason. It worked great the first few days then I began
having troubles & within a day’s time Tablo wouldn’t work at all if it is
I should know later tonight if it is just a bad HD or not