USB Drive size limit

I’m getting ready to get a new USB drive. Is there a size limit that I have to stay under? What is everyone else using? I filled up a 1000 gigabytes and now have to learn how to move this to a new drive. :grin:

This is not officially supported by Tablo. You can search the forums for unofficial ways to transfer recordings from an old HDD to a new HDD.

I think the middle of this page says 8TB. I think someone ask about large drives. But how long would take for tablo testing to use a 4-tuner to fill one up to see what happens.

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I believe @TabloTV stated that 10TB or larger should work, but they’ve only tested 8TB so that’s what the website says.

I’m fairly sure that some users here have used drives larger than 8TB, but the official posted limit is 8TB.

Great, thank you.

Here’s the post with their comment

Further reading suggest there’s no technical reason for limitation. As noted, time to mass record for testing exbibytes of storage is time consuming :wink:

Once you get into REALLY large drives, they can get a bit slower to wake up which is something to keep in mind.

And there’s no way you could watch all of the recordings on an 8TB drive in a year and not have your butt start to fuse with your couch.


Hoarders don’t seem to care. It’s easy to prove that they could never view all of crap they could record on a 10TB drive.

Of course the user might decide to record nothing but 30 minute shows broadcast in 480I. And when the drive fills up with 20,000 recordings how long would it take to load all of that Recording metadata into a Roku ultra. Let alone that the metadata would probably not fit in memory.

Of course a 4-tuners recording 30 minute episodes 24 hours a day would probably take 104 days to fill up the disk.

What about SSD drives?

What about them? They’ll work, but you’re not going to get any benefit from the speed. The USB interface on the Tablo isn’t that fast.

There are no speed or performance benefits from USB 3.0 and solid state drives (SSD) vs. USB 2.0 and spinning drives.

That’s what about them. I was wondering if there would be a benefit as far as speed. That answers my question. Thanks.

Well, considering this is a drive SIZE thread, I wasn’t sure that drive SPEED was the question.

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