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What hard drives do you use for WMC storage

Post#1 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:38 pm

I just had one of the drives I use for dedicated storage for WMC recordings fail (got most files off it, not all, it was a Seagate 3 TB). ANyway, it sounds like WMC recordings/live tv buffer etc may be kinda rough on disks. What do you guys use for storage? I'm looking for something in the 4-8TB range most likely. I see all kinda of colors/companies etc... some dedicated for NAS, some for video storage etc.... Lots of choices ( I thought the hard drive market had conslidated to 2 or 3 companies, but I'm seeing lots more, are they just rebadges?).

At any rate, whats a good drive dependability/performance/value wise to become a primary storage device for WMC (windows 7, I use it for cable/distribution to my whole house and 4 tv's, so it gets LOTS of activity)?
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Post#2 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:13 pm

I like the WD Red drives, I find them quiet enough and quite reliable.
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Post#3 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:41 pm

Does 5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm matter much for WMC recordings/playback?
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Post#4 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:42 pm

robbro wrote:Does 5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm matter much for WMC recordings/playback?

In my experience no. I've been using a WD green AV-GP 4 TB 5400 RPM for close to 4 years with no issue whatsoever.
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Post#5 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:43 pm

robbro wrote:Does 5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm matter much for WMC recordings/playback?

No. You could even go slower and not see any difference in performance for video. Slower is cooler.

I guess you could see some performance hit if you're recording 6 shows while simultaneously watching 6 recorded shows. But overall, slower is fine and is better for being cooler.
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Post#6 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:02 am

FWIW - I have removed 2.5" Seagate Backup Plus 4TB and 5TB Drives from their enclosures and used them in my WMC PC (x1), my SageTV PC (x2) and several desktop PCs (with SSD cache) with no issues. You can get them for around $100-$120. I haven't seen any issues with recordings on either DVR system and I know there have been occasions where 4-8 shows have been recording at a time.
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Post#7 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:29 am

I'm running two Seagate 8 TB drives. One for movies and one for Series recordings. They are archive drives and they get treated mostly as WORM drives. I've been quite happy with them but.....they power themselves off all the time. So when you do certain things in Media Center they don't always show up as Media Center doesn't always wait long enough for them to spin up.

I'm pretty leery of Seagate but these ones have been good so far. They sure hold a lot of stuff though. If I had one more I don't think I could ever fill it....
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Post#8 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:43 pm

I use these guys and they seem to do pretty well:
Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-Inch 4TB Desktop HDD (ST4000DM000)

I would suggest however if not doing a RAID setup then select something like this:
Seagate 4TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST4000VN008)
or the Western digital RED that has already been suggested.
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Post#9 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:50 am

I have a pair of WD 4TB drives in RAID0 for live TV recording, and then 3x Seagate 3TB drives in RAID5 for all other movies, music, and video storage. OS is on an SSD. All of it is backed up to a NAS with 5x Seagate 4TB drives in RAID5. Made TV recording its own array about 2 years ago just because sometimes multiple simultaneous recordings would suffer when shared on that other array.
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Post#10 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:09 pm

I am using a pair of the newish 8 tb Toshiba N300 8TB drives which are cheap and seem well specced. No problems at the moment
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Post#11 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:38 pm

I dont use RAID but use the previous Hitachi 4TB drives as backups and have an ICYDOCK so I can insert them into the PC from the front without opening the case to add the new files to. works well.
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