Any chance that a list is going to be created from this blog? It looks like it is over 2 years old and a lot of people have put input a lot of information. 406 replies that you have to sift through, almost useless, since the estimated read time alone is 87 minutes, and there is no comprehensive list.
The "Back Away from that Flash Drive - USB Hard Drive Suggestions & Specs" blog recommends a 5Tb hard drive that has been discontinued, albeit still available for the the hefty price of $260 on Amazon.com. What about its replacement, the STEB5000100, which is readily available for 1/2 the price?
The "What kind of Hard Drives does Tablo support?" from the knowledge base says that any Western Digital Elements is the most recommended, which kind of conflicts with the "Back Away..." blog, which says Portable Elements Only. Could you please confirm that WD Elements 5Tb Desktop, is a good choice. It is readily available at 60% of the price of the Seagate you recommended. Unfortunately, I can't find very much info on it. 44 Anazon reviews compared to thousands for the Seagates.
I just upgraded from a 2 tuner to a 4 tuner Tablo and figured now is the time to upgrade from a 2 Tb hard drive to a 5 Tb. I owned the 2 tuner Tablo for about 18 months and I am kinda flabbergasted that picking out a tried and true Hard drive is still an issue for a DVR.
Oh, and the current Hard Drive that I am using, 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive -
CONFIRMED - GOOD
BRAND NAME - Western Digital
PRODUCT NAME - Elements Portable
MODEL NUMBER - WEWDBU6Y0020
SIZE - 2 TB