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WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

  • Built for 24/7 surveillance
  • AllFrame technology for better performance
  • Designed to support up to 32 HD cameras
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Patrick S.
  • 4/5/2015 4:05:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPurple gone bust

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Other WD drives I have purchased have served me well and function as desired.

Cons: While I purchsed this drive the day after Christmas I did not try to install it in my computer until last week (last week in March) it was broken and could not be formated in Linux or Windows 7 I can not recommend this drive to anyone.

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  • salvatore r.
  • 3/14/2015 5:50:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdead on delivery

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: none

Cons: dead drive

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  • Michael C.
  • 3/2/2015 6:10:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood HDD for DVR

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Price

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Order to replace a failed HDD in our security system DVR. Simple plug and play. Fired up and haven't had any issues.

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  • Randy R.
  • 2/26/2015 3:29:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what its intended to do.

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: It holds data. I mean what else is a hard drive supposed to do? Easy to setup up in windows 7. Drivers install automatically but just remember to assign and format it before use or it won't see it or usable. (Computer management, Disk management in Admin tools)

Cons: No cons, worked on arrival. If required make sure you have screws for your tower to mount the drive, it doesn't come with any.

Other Thoughts: After i assigned the new hard drive i had approximately 1.9 TB's of usable storage. This drive was purchased as extra storage to hold my gameplay footage. As a test i transferred 7 videos at a total of 7.8 GB of data from my primary drive to the new drive. took 1 minute approximately. My motherboard sata ports are rated for 6 Gb/s as a gauge. Then i was able to easily erase it with no trouble. I also had a promotional $5 coupon so the grand total is $80. Stop reading what i wrote on my review and buy it!

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  • Brent P.
  • 2/23/2015 10:32:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 of 4 dead

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: none doesn't work dead drive on my surveillance system no good.

Cons: none doesn't work dead drive on my surveillance system no good

Other Thoughts: none doesn't work dead drive on my surveillance system no good

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Brent, we apologize for any inconvenience. Western Digital does rigorously test and verify all of our drives, prior to shipping, with burn-in and diagnostic tests. As a troubleshooting step, we recommend running either our WINDLG diagnostics software or Macs built-in Disk Utility to check your drives health.
“How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Win”:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940
“How to test a drive for defects or problems on a Mac”:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866

We do stand behind our warranty and replacement policy and would appreciate the opportunity to replace your drive for you. Please visit the following link for our online replacement procedure.
How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty
“http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8”:

You may also contact us below and mention this Newegg review with our team.

Need Help? Please visit the link below for further assistance or contact us at 1(800) 275-4932.
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  • Don A.
  • 1/28/2015 8:06:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: High Capacity - Very Low Cost, SATA III !
Worked Perfectly on first fire up.
No failure on high usage since purchased.
Made specifically for video apps.
Perfect for DVR expansion, see below.

Cons: None from y point of view or method of usage.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to increase my storage capability of a DirecTV HR22. Previously I had read people where using another WD type for video (forget its name) but saw on New Egg that the WD Purple line is now replacing those drives, so I was a bit worried if it would work. I put it in an external case and connected it via the Esata port. IT was reconized by the HR22 and I have stuffed it with zillions of recordings. I haven't seen any playback issues at all, everything played back looks like a perfect live HD broadcast. At 2TB this is 4x what was in my HR22 and I can now record every last show and Cheezy Sci-Fi movie on DirecTv, Well worth it if you want to upgrade your DVR.

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  • Bryan W.
  • 11/21/2014 10:48:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD-2Tb Purple/DVR Drive

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Installed and performed as expected in new CCTV Security DVR

Cons: None, expect it to continue to perform as my other WD Purple Drives have done.

Other Thoughts: I have used WD for a long time and went with the Purple / Streaming drives for my DVR's. Over the years I have used Seagate and Western Digital. Of late I have leaned more toward WD because of a problem or two with Seagate.

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5 out of 5 eggsDependable, fast, and consistent with powerful surveillance-tailored technology

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: -Lower price range than enterprise offerings
-More storage for the money than an SSD
-AllFrame Technology firmware reduces video frame loss and supports up to 32 HD channels of recording
-Specifically tailored to surveillance and video recording application systems
-Uses less power than comparable surveillance drives, around half that of Se and Re drives
-New technology just in time for the growing surveillance market
-Extremely consistent read and write speeds, rather than dropping off, good speed

Cons: -Still not as consistently smooth or fast as an SSD in write or read
-Dated physical platter technology
-5400 RPM reduces random access time, meaning larger, sparser loading objects, such as games or heavy software, will load slower than a 7200 RPM drive, all other things being equal
-3 year warranty vs 5 for Re drives

Other Thoughts: HD Tach ver. 3.0.4.0 score this drive as follows on my H97M Pro4 motherboard with Windows 7:

Random access: 15.9ms
CPU utilization: 2% (+/- 2%)
Average read: 144.8 MB/s
Average write: 104.3 MB/s
Burst Speed: 422.4 MB/s

As mentioned before, what's remarkable about this drive isn't its speed but its consistency. The write test, while choppy as HDD's tend to be, was consistent in its dips and peaks instead of dropping off. The sequential read speed dropped off slightly in the first half but rose back up to its original speeds. Impressive technology despite working with the more dated physical platter system.

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4 out of 5 eggsFor the price and for the right reason, should be on your short list

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Designed for 24/7/365 use for camera systems, but still usable in other scenarios.
Good price.
Good warranty.
Performance for usage scenario is good.

Cons: Warranty not as long as black and enterprise drives, again these aren't designed to be in that segment.
Slower overall speed even when compared to standard 7200 RPM drives, though these are designed this way on purpose.

Other Thoughts: I was actually quite impressed with the performance of this drive. On my Z97 platform I was able to get over 100 Megabytes a second transfers going when the drive was empty. Not bad for a drive that isn't really designed for speed. Bursts were over 300 megabytes a second for an empty drive.

In my Synology Cloudstation I was able to record 5 different cameras without any stutter from the drive. Even when reviewing the recorded video the playback was smooth even while recording in the background. I can't say for sure on a system with more than this that there wouldn't be stutter, but for my needs it was good.

Overall I've had nothing but good success with WD drives. I've only ever had 1 be DOA (dead on arrival) but was easily replaced by WD's support group.

I definitely prefer these over the WD Green Drives. Those are nothing but super slow and honestly have had a higher failure rate from what I've read than any other WD drive I've ever seen.

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4 out of 5 eggsAnother Good WD Drive

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Like nearly every Western Digital drive I've owned, this one has performed quite well for me. I'm currently utilizing it in an external enclosure as a full time backup to a home server. I've loaded it with about 1 TB worth of data (music, movies, and pictures) and it didn't skip a beat. The drive runs very quiet and cool and though it may not be the fastest drive, I was still able to pull nearly 150 mb/s read speeds over USB 3.0.

Some people have mentioned that their drive arrived DOA; mine did not. It fired up without any problems.

I have had this drive hooked up and backing up every 3 hours for about 2 weeks now and it hasn't missed a beat. As with all of my other WD drives, I anticipate many years of reliable use out of it.

This drive does feature 64 MB of cache, which is an absolute necessity for any type of heavy usage, especially for the non-stop video recording that this drive is intended for.

Cons: While this drive is SATA 6.0, it is still only 5400 RPM which does limit its overall speed. I realize that this was probably done for longevity and reliability, but it is noticeably slower than my WD Black drives. Granted, they are two different drives meant for two different purposes.

The price on this drive is a little higher than some other offerings, however, if it does prove to be as efficient and reliable as advertised, the additional cost would be well worth it.

Other Thoughts: Over the last 10 years, I have owned more than 20 different hard drives from multiple manufacturers and time and time again, I find myself buying nothing but Western Digital drives. They have proven to be the most reliable drives, and most feature a 5 year warranty (not that I've ever had to warranty one). I fully anticipate having this drive for years to come.

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