WD Goes Purple For Surveillance Hard Drives

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News Posted: Tue, Feb 25 2014 1:47 AM
WD is working through the rainbow for its color-themed hard drive families, and the latest--purple--is designated for hard drives that are designed for surveillance. WD’s Purple Surveillance Storage drives are built to withstand the constant strain of running in an always-on HD surveillance applications.

The 3.5-inch WD Purple drives will be available in capacities of 1TB ($89.99), 2TB ($119.99), 3TB ($159.99), and 4TB ($199.99) and feature SATA 6Gbps interfaces.

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The drives can handle non-stop operation and widely fluctuating temperatures, and are designed to be compatible with a plethora of video security systems and up to 32 HD video cameras.

To help preserve the life of these hard drives, WD built in IntelliSeek technology, which optimizes seek speeds for reduced power consumption and vibrations, but the key feature of the WD Purple drives is AllFrame. AllFrame technology is designed to eliminate the pixelation and interruptions in the video stream that plague regular hard drives.

WD is backing the new drives with a 3-year warranty, and they’re available now.
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Those are pretty respectable prices for a specialty drive.

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MikeHogan replied on Tue, Feb 25 2014 8:52 AM

Obviously nobody reads, Western Digital makes the most unreliable HDD's buy a very large margin!

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sevags replied on Tue, Feb 25 2014 1:07 PM

3.5???? So the these aren't designed for home survailence? Every home DVR I know of including mine now use 2.5" drives so I can't even use this with my system.. Not without some Dremel cutting any way

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Feb 25 2014 2:31 PM

I guess WD is like Skittles..  Taste the Rainbow.

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so what is the best brand

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MikeHogan replied on Tue, Feb 25 2014 3:29 PM

Hitachi Drives faired the best in the study I read, with Seagate coming in a close second but, Western Digital wasn't even close.

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http://www.tapscape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/most-reliable-hard-drive-by-brand.jpeg

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SteDodd replied on Tue, Feb 25 2014 4:39 PM

How are these any different to the server hardrives released by WD (red in colour if I remember correctly)? surely they're also designed for an always on environment?

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most drivers over 2tb by any company has an extremely high failure rate. ask the online backup companies!

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