Need a clear list of steps to follow to replace the USB 2.0 hard drive. No need to save anything from the old drive. The “new” drive is from a Windows laptop.
Searched and didn’t find much. Can use a Linux CD with GParted to reformat the drive - am I understanding correctly that it needs to be a single EXT3 partition?
What else needs to be done and in what order to reset everything and not leave any old data? Reset or factory reset the Tablo? Uninstall/reinstall the Roku Tablo app? Power off/on the router? It just isn’t clear.
Don’t bother reformatting it, when the tablo recognizes it’s not “authorized” it’ll want to format it any ways.
I don’t thing using Roku is your best option (if at all). Best to us wab app via Chrome on a PC at my.tablo.com. Power off the tablo, wait a bit, power it up, plug in the drive, and you should find a FORMAT option.
“if one wants to delete just everything it is not enough to just format disk drive, because videos would be cleaned but metainformation is stored elsewhere, so one ends up with a lot of dead links without videos. So properly purging all videos requires not only formatting disk drive but factory reset of device as well.”
In other words, removing a failed USB hard drive will leave behind the metadata associated with it, which apparently requires a factory reset of the Tablo to get rid of, prior to attaching a new drive.
I asked about more than just reformatting the drive.
I mentioned that I had searched and not found very much. Yes, that post is old, but if the method Tablo uses to store information hasn’t changed, then it’s still valid. At least it addressed my concern about what else needs to be done, which your reply did not.
Why are you talking about guide data? or transferring recordings? This has nothing to do with the request as stated.
Why would you NOT do a factory reset in this situation? There were no recordings or schedules to save, the old drive failed, we’re not troubleshooting, we’re replacing a drive. Waiting overnight in this scenario makes no sense.
I article you reference is written for a wide user audience (“dumbed down”) by support staff that doesn’t want their troubleshooting logs erased by users. That’s fine. But there are some advanced users who will be replacing their drives like this. The steps to follow in this case should be available.