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WD Western Digital Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20PURZ $109

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Not smoking hot, but $10 cheaper than most, Walmart has the Western Digital WD purple drives on "rollback". Looks like Amazon has matched.

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/WD-Pur.../856471896
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071KVB4F8

4tb - $109
6tb - $179


If you're in the market for an NVR to put this in, check out this Amcrest 4k 8-channel unit (rebranded Dahua afaik) for $99: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0743PQYS2
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Hi PC

For a NVR which may not have a HDD, like the various LaVIew kit deals we have seen posted here.

example:
https://slickdeals.net/f/11678955-8ch-h-265-nvr-laview-4mp-2688x1520-full-poe-ip-camera-security-system-w-4-x-4mp-2688x1520-in-outdoor-ip-cameras-370-free-s-h
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I'm looking for a hard drive to use as a media server, to stream movies from. Would this be a good option, or should I opt for a Blue or Black WD ?
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I'm looking for a hard drive to use as a media server, to stream movies from. Would this be a good option, or should I opt for a Blue or Black WD ?
Hi plague. I'd suggest a blue or a red. The red would be ideal if you think you might move up to a NAS or RAID type setup at some point. The purple is really tweaked for the constant flow of writes you'd see in a surveillance setup.
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I'm looking for a hard drive to use as a media server, to stream movies from. Would this be a good option, or should I opt for a Blue or Black WD ?
HI Plaque,

Ideally I would look for a NAS rated one for that functional purpose.

I suppose this WD purple would work, it is rated for 24/7 operational like a WD red ( NAS rated )
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I'm looking for a hard drive to use as a media server, to stream movies from. Would this be a good option, or should I opt for a Blue or Black WD ?
If sticking them in a NAS, this or Red would be perfectly fine. Both are meant for 24/7 usage.

Here's a great article comparing them all.
https://www.gamersnexus.net/guide...ed-in-2017
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Hi PC

For a NVR which may not have a HDD, like the various LaVIew kit deals we have seen posted here.

example:
https://slickdeals.net/f/11678955-8ch-h-265-nvr-laview-4mp-2688x1520-full-poe-ip-camera-security-system-w-4-x-4mp-2688x1520-in-outdoor-ip-cameras-370-free-s-h
Hi Mat,

These drives are also good for people wanting to build their own, more robust system using Blue Iris. NVR's that come with camera kits have a fraction of the programming built into Blue Iris.

The biggest downside to these drives is if power goes out a lot and/or the system will be shot down a lot, they die much faster compared to all the other WD drives from power on cycles. A great alternative would be Red for those that need high read/write plus power off. Otherwise, these are the best with NVR's or a Blue Iris box.

I have mine, zero problems so far!
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Hi Mat,

These drives are also good for people wanting to build their own, ..!
Yes Dave,

WD purple HDD is also good for anyone wanting to install a VMS software on a PC ( which basically will make it into a NVR, though you would also need to get a IP PoE switch or PoE midspan device if you plan to have many IP PoE cameras ).

btw - there is a good listing of VMS software available here:
https://ipvm.com/reports/free-vms...-directory

Remember both Hikvision and Dahua have software you can install on a PC which works well with their respective OEM products.

Remember to use a UPS to help your system survive power outages.
( graceful shutdown is good )
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Just like the OP said, not a slick deal, just ok. I was lucky enough to find open box item at MicroCemter $79 and change out the door. It was the last year model, X at the end instead of Z.

Usually I don't buy open box HDD but this is for DVR so it's ok. I gambled and it's been great so far.
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Yes Dave,

WD purple HDD is also good for anyone wanting to install a VMS software on a PC ( which basically will make it into a NVR, though you would also need to get a IP PoE switch or PoE midspan device if you plan to have many IP PoE cameras ).

btw - there is a good listing of VMS software available here:
https://ipvm.com/reports/free-vms...-directory [ipvm.com]

Remember both Hikvision and Dahua have software you can install on a PC which works well with their respective OEM products.

Remember to use a UPS to help your system survive power outages.
( graceful shutdown is good )
Hi Mat,

Really people should go with Blue Iris and I wouldn't suggest OEM software such as Hikvision or Dahua as a substitute. Blue Iris comes with a 15 day trial, I strongly suggest you try it out.

Also, with UPS the whole point is to keep the cameras running and it's standard for them to come with software to go in sync with the UPS itself.
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I have a Lorex box. Can I swap out the stock 2TB drive in there for this one? I haven't minded their FLIR Cloud Client for my needs thus far.
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I have a Lorex box. Can I swap out the stock 2TB drive in there for this one? I haven't minded their FLIR Cloud Client for my needs thus far.
99% yes. Not sure if it will void the warranty or not.
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Could this be used as alternative/external HD's for DirecTv?
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Hmmmm. Don't need one now but maybe in two years or so. Not sure if i should bite the bullet now since i won't be using it until then
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