If you have a good HD but a failed Tablo, this process WILL work if the drive was in the proper state when your old Tablo died. It’s certainly worth a try anyway. This was published by “David at Tablo” earlier this year. I know it works because I’ve done it troubleshooting a problem David WAS helping with. If your Tablo has failed, you’ll probably start at step 2. When you’re done with this process, EVERYTHING is there and working, schedules and all.
If you replace your Tablo DVR the process below will allow you to migrate your existing recordings stored on an external disk (devices using internal storage, SATA storage or Cloud storage are not supported) and schedule data to your new unit. This process will work for ALL Tablo models (including 2-tuner migrations to 4-tuners, etc.).
Note : For this process to work, your NEW Tablo must be taken directly out of the box. If you’ve already run a channel scan on your new Tablo, you will need to factory reset it for these instructions to work.
If you have connected to your new Tablo already, note its firmware version: you can find this at the bottom of the Tablo Settings screen. The new Tablo must be on the same firmware version as your original unit. Our support team can also check this for you, so don’t hesitate to send us a ticket.
Step 1: Reboot your original Tablo with the USB drive attached using the blue reset button on the back of the Tablo. Wait for the Tablo’s blue LED to go solid. This can take up to ~2 minutes.
Step 2: Remove the USB drive from your original Tablo and set it aside.
Step 3: Attach Ethernet and power (in that order) to your new Tablo.
Step 4: After your new Tablo’s LED is solid, attach your USB drive to your new Tablo.
Step 5: After a few seconds your Tablo’s LED will begin pulsing.
At this point, it is transferring your original Tablo’s database to your new Tablo. This can take several minutes.
Once your new Tablo is finished downloading the database it will reboot. The process is complete once the Tablo’s LED is solid.