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WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

  • 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): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Kevin P.
  • 1/4/2016 2:38:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMake sure you get the right drive!

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: Fast drive, great sequential write speeds

Cons: none!

Other Thoughts: Make sure you pick out the right drive for what you are doing. For example this is for Surveillance. We tested this drive against the desktop version of it, and this one was running at 32% usage with Blue Iris and 6 3MP 1080P cameras vs 100% and crashing on the desktop version of this drive. This isnt just a marketing ploy!

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  • Phillip C.
  • 12/7/2015 1:41:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRunning over 3 months in a TiVo Premiere, still going strong.

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: Definitely a good drive for a DVR. Tivo is constantly writing 4 1080p video streams 24/7 nonstop, and its still going strong. Statistics generally work out such that if a drive hasn't failed by now, it probably won't fail for a very long, long time.

Cons: Nothing at all. It is a bare drive, of course, so you just get a drive. And that's it. But presumably you are buying this for a purpose and know what you are doing, and Newegg does state this is a bare drive, so it should not be a surprise :-)

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  • TIM C.
  • 9/28/2015 3:36:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Surveillance Applications

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: Inexpensive and optimized for the targeted application, surveillance DVR/NVRs (CCTV camera recorders). I have yet to encounter a faulty drive of probably 50 or so purchased so far, not to mention another 50 or so Purple drives that were factory installed in the Hikvision recorders we sell.

Western Digital's warranty support is good, though I have yet to send them a Purple (last two drives I had replaced were RE enterprise SATA)

Cons: Not a high-performance drive (though, in fairness, it is not marketed as such)

Other Thoughts: WD Purples are the standard drives factory-installed in most of the surveillance recorders we buy. Since OEMs are very sensitive to warranty issues, the fact they have faith in these drives suggests reliability.

Purple drives implement TLER (time-limited error recovery) like the WD Reds, so they should also be appropriate for NVRs with RAID cards without risk of premature disk drop-out if bad sectors are encountered. Also implements ATA streaming commands ("AllFrame") to programmatically set an upper bound on read or write times, quickly failing long reads/writes in order to keep up with the overall stream (I don't know if any NVRs actually support this feature, however).

My regular (three-letter) hard disk retailer was out of stock, so I just started buying hard drives from Newegg again and was pleasantly surprised to find that they were very well packaged. (I had originally switched to the other online retailer years ago because they packaged their drives well and Newegg did not.) they packaged their drives well and Newegg did not.)

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  • Thomas S.
  • 8/29/2015 6:56:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking Good...Finally

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: I wanted to upgrade my 1 TB storage HDD to 4 TB. The WD Purple is designed to run 24/7 and handle 32 HD video cameras. So I thought I would give it a try in my HTPC using Windows Media Center. I do a lot of recording and many times I am recording 4 programs while watching another pre-recorded. I think this should handle the task very easily. So far so good. The first one I received wasn't recognized when I clicked on 'My Computer' And when I spoke to customer service they RMA'D it and sent another. The second HDD did the same thing. I was going to RMA that, but thought it was strange to have 2 bad drives. So I went to the Eggpert community forums and posted my issue. A good guy, zerk2012, told me the drive needed to Format the disk to GPT before it would be recognized and sent me a link to a video that showed what to do. It was easy and worked and all is well. He also said it is a common issue with the larger drives available.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: A little note in the box stating that: "If your computer does not recognize this drive it may need to be reformatted to GPT and a link to the procedure would have saved time and money for Newegg. It would be nice if the customer service rep would be instructed to ask this question to customers calling with this issue. This is the downside of buying from Newegg...no instructions. But shipping, prices, selection and customer service and very good.

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  • Glenn F.
  • 8/20/2015 10:05:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs8 Drives in one machine, runs perfectly

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: These drives are perfect for adding to DVR's, it's our business and we have used many of them, good value and lots of storage

Cons: None to date

Other Thoughts: We WD they are an excellent company

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  • Phillip C.
  • 8/19/2015 9:17:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPurchased to upgrade a Tivo

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: Upgraded a Tivo Premiere with this drive. It works great. I did some research and some people at the tivocommunity forums were bashing the purples, but at least on paper, it looks like the purples were basically purpose built for this application.

Cons: Nothing yet. Will update later if something crops up.

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  • Jerry A.
  • 8/8/2015 6:39:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWD 4TB Purple

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: Arrived promptly after order. Good packaging.

Cons: Many bad sectors. Initialized to GPT fine but some issues while formatting. Drive would give multiple errors as soon as I started writing data to it. Tested bad after using several diagnostic tools.

Other Thoughts: After many orders from Newegg this is the first HD I have ever had to return. Newegg proved very helpful in initiating refund, in fact the whole RMA process was painless.

At this point don't know if I'll try another WD Purple or go with a Seagate Surveillance grade drive. I've been a big WD fan and have not used Seagate in over 10 years.

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  • FAYE C.
  • 7/22/2015 4:41:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: fast and efficient, no video lag

Cons: I ordered two of these at the same time to upgrade a network video recorder. One was bad out of box and I had to return it not once but TWICE as DOA.
Has to be a fluke but I knocked an egg.

Other Thoughts: Western Digital is the only drive I buy. You can't beat the warranty and durability

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  • James T.
  • 5/20/2015 8:56:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't last

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: None

Cons: Always believed in WD but this is bad failing after 2 months

Manufacturer Response:

Dear James, we regret to see the initial installation of your WD Purple ended unsatisfactorily.
We would appreciate the opportunity to assist you on any problems you may have, resulting in a positive resolution to your issue.
(800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: https://wdsupport.wdc.com/sfdc/case.aspx.
Our goal is to provide world class customer service, and part of that goal in this situation would be to replace your drive, and investigate the cause relating to the products defect.
“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

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2015 9:10:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsso far great!

This review is from: WD Purple 4TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40PURX

Pros: near-enterprise class specs at a much lower price; 3 year warranty

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Installed six of these plus one hot spare as a RAID 10 array in a Dell R510 server, which will function as a small business network file share and also as a DVR for a security camera system. All 7 drives formatted and working w/o issues so far (0% failure rate) in the first 3 months of light use/testing as a file server. I will be spinning up the camera DVR function shortly but don't anticipate any issues there, since that's what they are designed for in the first place. Very happy with this choice so far! (PS: also very happy that Newegg has finally figured out how to ship bare drives - each one was in it's own "airbag" wrapper and they were well-secured within the box.)

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