What kind of Hard Drives does Tablo support?

In order to record your favorite Over-the-Air shows, your Tablo DVR needs a place to save those files.

Depending on the model of Tablo DVR you have, storage requirements, options, and specs may be different.

Tablo DUAL LITE OTA DVRs:

  • USB-connected portable hard drives (USB 2.0 or 3.0, 1 TB to 8 TB in size)


Tablo DUAL 64GB OTA DVRs:

  • USB-connected portable hard drives (USB 2.0 or 3.0, 1 TB to 8 TB in size)
  • 64 GB of included onboard storage (~40 hours of recordings)


Tablo QUAD OTA DVRs:

  • USB-connected portable hard drives (USB 2.0 or 3.0, 1 TB to 8 TB in size)
  • Internal 2.5" SATA drives - spinning or SSD (Standard 7mm or 9.5mm heights, 1TB to 8TB in size)


Original 2-Tuner and 4-Tuner Tablo DVRs:

  • USB-connected portable hard drives (USB 2.0 or 3.0, 1 TB to 8 TB in size)


Only one type of supported storage can be in use at any given time.  

Our most recommended drive is the Western Digital Elements. 


The following forms of storage are unsupported:

  • USB Flash storage – Flash is simply not fast enough
  • Networked (NAS) storage – There is too wide a variation in network speeds to support this
  • Internal hard drives placed in external enclosures as they can cause frequent USB disconnects and communication issues.

For additional information on which hard drives work best with Tablo, visit: https://www.tablotv.com/blog/5-reasons-why-choose-right-hard-drive-your-tablo/

The Tablo community forum has a thread compiling a list of hard drives that our users have seen success with. Visit that thread here.

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