Using a Flash Drive, SD Card or MicroSD with Tablo?

It is a 5 year “limited” warranty that covers waterproof, shock-proof, temperature-proof, magnet-proof, and x-Ray-proof.

If your flash fails for any of those reasons your tablo is probably also toast.

I’ll be sure to let everyone here know the outcome. I think it’s also waterproof, but I won’t be testing that.

I’ve worked with computers and electronics for many years. Are there any Tablo Techs watching this thread that concur that a failed USB Flash drive can (would) also “toast” a TABLO? Or am I only risking a failed/damaged flash drive?

It shouldn’t hurt the Tablo itself, but unsupported storage can still cause buffering, failed recordings, and misfiring of auto-delete algorithms as noted.

You’re free to give this a shot, but I think everyone is just saying not to be surprised if weird stuff winds up happening.

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It shouldn’t hurt the Tablo itself,

Excellent! I’ll happily report back on weird stuff and hopefully non-weird stuff. Worst case scenario: I’m $20 poorer at the end.

You’re going to do what you’re going to do… it never mentions read/write lifetime. Testing sites mentions storing files, that’s why it highlights the fast speeds. Store a large video file, read it really fast. Tablo doesn’t store recording in large files. There’s dozens to hundreds of segments stored per recording about 100m each.

Sure it’ll work in the short term, probably great. What will it hurt your tablo, it’s an experiment (probably not much). I guess for $20 you can easily replace it when needed - I can’t wait for you to prove everybody else wrong. It’s about time the world got put in it’s place :poop:

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Yes, you’re right. Flash drive manufacturers don’t report read/write lifetimes. Oddly, SSD manufacturers do report this: 3,000 to 100,000 r/w cycles depending on brand and model.

I don’t really care about proving anyone wrong. I see this as a $20 risk versus a low-cost storage reward.

Not odd at all. SSDs are designed as primary storage for computers, with many read/write cycles. Flash drives are designed for more archival storage (or sneaker net). Very few read/write cycles (comparatively).

Very few read/write cycles

Agreed. SSD Memory is higher quality than Flash memory and SSD has more r/w cycles. However, some USB flash drives can reach 100,000 r/w cycles.

TABLO engineers, might you know how many read/write cycles on the integrated memory in the Tablo Dual 64GB? Does it have a rated lifespan in hours or years?

Interesting, you can buy a USB Flash drive that has SSD characteristics:

Wear leveling is an essential feature in SSDs, but not every USB flash drive on the market has a programmed algorithm in place. This is largely because the amount of flash memory available on a USB flash drive is smaller than a typical SSD. However, not having wear leveling means a USB flash drive can’t be used as efficiently as possible. As a result, for industrial users, wear leveling is a must. Consumer USB flash drives don’t generally come with wear leveling, because it is not usually necessary for the applications these devices are used for. For industrial users, it is necessary to choose an industrial grade USB flash device. Industrial grade devices include wear leveling and other data protection features.”

Very likely a trade secret :speak_no_evil:

I guess if you’re not recording much it’s fine.

But a 1 TB HDD is so cheap these days. Especially when you compare it to the cost of the Tablo unit, and the subscription.

Let us know how it goes.

I will. I’m also going to try this $18 320GB drive from Seagate with one of my Tablos

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000066387994.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.39114c4dOcxqCz

Lightweight storage needs, minimum cost - got a WD Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB from ebay for less than $10 and 2 of these for under $20 Sabrent EC-UST25 Enclosure! Unsupported as in - don’t call us. Not - does not work :laughing:


And no experimenting.

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Do you have a favorite (cheap) enclosure or cable?

Not necessarily “cheap” as affordable. I first found Sabrent enclosure when looking for a 3.5" with a cooling fan. Then got another USB 3.0 - with cooling fan. Used it on my tablo until I got a second one and wanted them to match. I had a WD Blue drive in service, and got a second… to cheap not to. Then found the smaller boxes. These have been running almost 6 months - the 3.5" setup ran over a year.


I’ve gotten “out dated” used computer parts and components from ebay for years for affordable prices. Seldom have any real problems, life happens. Drives continue to runs for years, PC boards and parts boot many several years later. These dated parts still play and stream HD video on a TV hassle free.

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