'Tested' Hard Drives


Are people really having issues with the WD MyPassport? I have been using a 1TB with no problems for the last month or two. Occasionally I will have stuttering issues, but it’s usually with the channels with bad reception. I haven’t ever had it say disconnected or fail recording a good channel.

Are people really having issues with the WD MyPassport?

We’ve seen many users experience frequent disconnects with the MyPassport line which can cause lost or corrupted recordings. That’s why we generally don’t recommend it. Glad it’s working for you though!


@TabloTV - I just checked my order from Amazon and I actually ordered the Ultra My Passport. I guess that might make a difference.


PRODUCT NAME: Seagate Backup Plus Slim STDR1000101
LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4XH5IG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
COMMENTS:  Seemed to solve my woes so far.


LINK http://www.amazon.com/Fantom-GreenDrive-Desktop-External-GD1000EU/dp/B001E06W8O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432473595&sr=8-2&keywords=phantom+green+drive
COMMENTS is several years old. Can’t remember when purchased but likely more than 4 years ago. No problems with it. Even sleeps and wakes up fine.


Does anyone know anything about the WD My Passport X? It looks like it’s a My Passport that’s being re-marketed for the X Box. I ask because I’ve been offered one for free and I’d like to use it on a Tablo if I can.


BRAND NAME G Technology
LINK http://smile.amazon.com/G-Technology-G-DRIVE-Ultra-Slim-Portable-0G02361/dp/B009E56O9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432931826&sr=8-1&keywords=g+technology+external+500gb+hard+drive
COMMENTS Works great on my 4 tuner. I had it running for 1 month with no issues. Recorded 3 shows at once while watching a previous recording and had no hiccups.


BRAND: Seagate/Maxtor
PRODUCT NAME: Basics Portable 0122
SIZE: 500 GB
LINK: its ancient (2009) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001M4FRJW
COMMENTS: Just wanted to throw in to see if it works, and it does. Guess this is where this disk will end its service now! Recorded shows parallelly on my 2 tunar tablo w/o any issue. Streamed to roku in 1080p, no issue. Streamed remotely, no issue. Recorded Letterman while watching Kimmel, w/pause and skip, no issue. I guess either my disk or this tablo is rock solid! :smile:


Dumb question here about the sector size issue…

If I use the command prompt in Windows to format a drive, I have numerous options for sector size etc.

Why can’t the Tablo just format the drive differently?



BRAND NAME: Western Digital (Hard Drive) & Rocketek (Enclosure)
PRODUCT NAME: WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Drive (Hard Drive) & Rocketek USB 3.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Disk HDD External Enclosure (Enclosure).
SIZE: 2 TB // 2000 GB
LINK: http://amzn.to/1RacigZ (Hard Drive) amzn [dot] to/1GgdyJo (Enclosure)

COMMENTS: Sorry I had to break up the second link. Just joined, so it would only let me include one link in my reply. This setup has worked perfectly so far. I was able to max out my disk space and have had no issues with streaming or recording. I know some of the brand name externally powered disks have reportedly had problems with the disk disconnecting. Using an “always on” third party enclosure seems to have eliminated those issues.


PRODUCT NAME: Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-Inch Internal SATA SSD
SIZE: 250 GB
LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U
USB adapter: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB
LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJZJI84
COMMENTS: Since we do not use our Tablo for archival purposes, a smaller but much more reliable SSD makes more sense than a big conventional HDD. Samsung 850 SSDs use 3D V-NAND which should greatly improve their endurance and come with a 5 year warranty. This one replaces a conventional Western Digital HDD which started to fail after 10 months of service.


PRODUCT NAME: Syba External SuperSpeed USB 3.0 3.5" and 2.5"

COMMENTS: I know that Tablo doesn’t endorse this kind of setup, but I have used this external USB drive dock for a year now and it has taken and recognized every drive I’ve thrown at it. It is a powered dock, but I personally feel those are better anyway since it removes any power limitations over USB. Its cheap (see amazon link) and you can toss in any old drive you have or buy your favorite flavor. I’ve used this with Hitachi and Seagate enterprise SATA drives up to 1.5TB, and also some smaller WD and Seagate desktop drives of various sizes just to see if I could find one that Tablo failed to recognize- and have not found one yet- but of course I don’t own every drive out there so your mileage may vary. I will say that it is working perfectly with my WD Purple 2TB drive, which is what will live in it until Tablo breaks the 2TB limit.


What is the exact model number of the HDD you’re using? Not the enclosure or SATA to USB device.


BRAND NAME Other World Computing
PRODUCT NAME Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0/2.0
LINK http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MSU37T1.0T16/
COMMENTS This hard drive is a little pricier than most but very robust. I’ve been using OWC products for work (video production) for years and they have been the most reliable drives over any other manufacturer I’ve tried.


Hello, I’ve got my new Tablo shipping now. Very excited!
I had an old WD hard drive sitting around that I plan to use with the Tablo:

750 GB WD7500BPVT

I’ve got it paired with a Sentey 2.5 USB 3.0 enclosure. The drive works great on a PC.

Anybody have any experience with this drive or enclosure with tablo? Thanks!

ETA: I would link the drive from Amazon, but I get a message that I can only post 1 link for some reason.



According to this link below, the drive you want to use with the Tablo uses 4K sector size. This is currently not compatible with the Tablo (this is how it has been since day 1).

Once Tablo releases the current beta firmware v2.2.2 you will be able to use said drive. The firmware should be released any day now, but it’s been delayed from its expected end of July date.


Thanks for your reply. Interestingly, the review you posted states the drive was tested in both 4k format and 512. Which would indicate it could be switched somehow. Looks like I’ll be doing some research assuming the update doesn’t hit before my tablo gets here.


As it turns out the sector size is a physical limitation and not a software limitation so no dice for me.
Also as it turns out, it is difficult to find 2.5 inch internal hard drives that still use 512 sectors. I have found one brand that purports to use 512e sectors. Will that work with tablo?



Yes, but why not just wait? The firmware should be out very soon. You can setup the Tablo and watch Live TV without a hard drive.

Or honestly, beg Tablo to let you on the beta firmware which will support your HDD.