- did you ever get details of the SATA dock that you have working?
- is there any sort of general statement about using dock like that vs just a regular USB drive?
Mine is a BlacX Thermaltake 2.5/3.5 SATA dock.
I've had it for at least 5 years. It's never failed to work with any device and it works well with the stack of notebook and desktop drives I've outgrown over the years. I initially set up my Tablo with that dock and a 160 gig SATA just for testing to see if I wanted to spend bucks on another drive and keep the Tablo or if the Tablo was going to end up working for us.
It's worked quite well, it performed brilliantly with that BlacX dock and I won't be using Amazon's return policy for the Tablo. After the initial tests with the SATA dock I did order a 2T drive and switched drives - after we watched what we had recorded so we'd not lose it.
So yes, that BlacX Thermaltake SATA USB docking station works PERFECTLY with Tablo.
I used it longer than expected as it took us a while to get our feet wet and watch the shows, plus Tablo was so bloody simple for my wife to program recordings into we kept adding to the test drive and not removing from it!
I just plain like that SATA dock anyway. I can move it from PC to PC, or to Tablo should the 2T drive puke on me.
The bad - you can't simply swap drives as Tablo has a sort of different tracking system than I ever expected. I was hoping to be able to leave the dock connected to Tablo and record say, westerns to one older SATA drive, SciFi to another, etc.