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The current picture and the Seagate product page indicate that the ST380815AS is a Ultra ATA/100.
Reviewed By:Dan,10/20/2014 12:59:33 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product less than 1 day. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Faster than an unladen swallow when reading commonly accessed data. With 8GB of SSD cache, that's a lot of software & documents that will load rapidly.
Cons: If your chipset drivers aren't up to date, you can experience data loss in Windows 8.1 when shutting down. My assumption is the OS isn't properly flushing the cache resulting in a loss of whatever is in the 64MB of volatile cache.
If you don't reboot often, your boot & login software might not be in the SSD cache, resulting in slower boot times.
Other Thoughts: I was having the caching issue which Seagate phone support was able to quickly assess and suggest a resolution. Their advice (installing new chipset drivers) was excellent.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/20/2014 10:20:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Cons: after about 2 1/2 years the first hard drive failed, and about after 3 years the second hard drive failed. They where used for long term storage, not used as work horse drive's. they should have lasted a lot longer.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/19/2014 4:31:42 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Cons: Not easy to find the info that indicates which security systems are designed to take full advantage of the Purple lines features. The average Joe might not even think to look.
Fully compatible with only very expensive pro or rich guy surveillance systems
3 year warranty. I know I have it in Pros too.
Other Thoughts: Everywhere I go there are cameras recording data which means big sales for the camera makers and thus the storage industry. WD is attempting to get their share of this market with their Purple line of drives. The "tag" WD uses that makes these drives surveillance specific is termed "Allframe". The advantage of the AllFrame technology is possible only with host controller support. The vendor must be on the WD compatibility list to take advantage of the surveillance-specific features in the Purple drives.
On WD's compatibility page is a list of 27 vendors and the models that support Purple. Most of the names on the list are not familiar to me. I started searching Newegg. Newegg has ~130 vendors listed under the heading: Security & Surveillance > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems. I selected at random just a couple; Geovision and QNAP, to see if what I was thinking was correct. I was thinking that the qualified vendors are more then likely "professional" vendors. By professional I mean anything that doesn't have to do with home or very small business security. If price tag has anything to do with my theory then I am born out. The QNAP offerings range in price from $982 to $4,902. I am not spending that to protect my home or very small business. If I am a large, well heeled company then my budget may allow for that but for my home, not happening. What the people that do the reviews on Newegg ARE buying range in the $200 to $300 area. LaView, a popular well reviewed vendor is not on the WD compatibility list. Neither is 7modo, Night Owl and many more. This means that the Purple may not be money well spent for home surveillance. Is it money well spent for essential video security recording for large business? Maybe if reduction of frame loss, improved playback and an increased number of drive bays supported is important.
The first data I concern myself with when shopping hard drives is rotational speed. 7200 or 5400? WD has obfuscated, for reasons I can only speculate on but won't, rotational speed with the "Intellipower" designation for the Purple drives RPM. HWInfo 64 reports the RPM's as 5400 which is plenty fast enough for the purpose of this drive, namely video surveillance.
I am using this drive to store all my video: Home movies, DVD's, Blu-Ray's, etc., etc. In almost of month of use it has been flawless for local and wireless networked viewing.
This is a very good drive. If you are a large company interested in quality surveillance then there is no better choice according to the data sheets. If you're a small company or homeowner on a $300 budget you will probably not be able to take advantage of the primary selling feature of this drive. BUT that does NOT mean you are making an incorrect choice as I wrote this is a solid HD.
If you just want a large fast drive to store and access video this is a very good choice.
Reviewed By:Ahumado,10/19/2014 12:28:41 PM
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Pros: Captures video smoothly, quiet ( in my case),runs 2c lower temp over other hd I use
Cons: None really but would like to point out that I have no issues with any hd's really
Other Thoughts: Used on a 6 camera system and shows it can do a lot more and I am sure it can. I have been running this for 13 days strait and have had no issues whatsoever and the viewing was actually better than my old drive that is 5 years old. I find this drive very suitable for it's job and would recommend it if you get it at the right price. I will post if any issues do occur within the next 9 months.
Reviewed By:Dean,10/19/2014 10:43:35 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month. Did you find this review helpful?