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WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB 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): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Phillip Z.
  • 4/16/2015 12:19:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Drive

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: I have purchased several of these devices over the past year and all have, so far, worked flawlessly. They run quiet and cool. I always use these drives in an enclosure enviornment. I keep my vast vast music and video collection on one drive and employ a second purple as a back-up of the first.

Cons: None!

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  • DEVIN H.
  • 4/1/2015 10:28:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe quietest HDD I've ever used

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Ridiculously quiet
Decent speed
Low power
Low heat
5400 rpm

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I installed this in my Tivo Roamio and its working great. People in the Tivo forums hate the WD Purple and claim its not a good drive for a DVR despite the fact that none of them have ever actually tried it. They seem to be basing their opinions solely on the fact that WD rates Purple drives at 60TB of writes per year. A DVR will likely use more than 60TB/yr but I doubt it will ever be an issue. That said, If you're worried about WD refusing warranty service based on > 60TB/yr usage then you might want to go with an AV-GP drive instead.

I bought the 3TB Purple and it is easily the quietest rotational drive I've ever used and I've worked with probably 100 drives over the last 15 years. Noise was one of my main concerns so I'm very happy with this drive. It also runs quite cool. In my USB HDD dock, which provides zero heat dissipation, the drive ran at about 32 degrees celsius and during the day when my room got hot and the drive was maxed out it hit 42 degrees. By contrast, my 1TB WD Black WD1001FALS reached 54 degrees in the same dock under the same workload.

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  • Shawn E.
  • 3/1/2015 11:22:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Support

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Came in great shipping package.

Cons: The drive went out after 2 months of use. I was constantly getting emails from my LAVIEW DVR that there are HDD errors (SMART) and I thought nothing of it at first until it was going days without recording and then didn't record anything at all. The end of it's life, the DVR doesn't even see the drive anymore. I setup an RMA with Western Digital, but I have to pay to send it back. 2 months. I have to pay. I just bought it!

Other Thoughts: I ALWAYS use Western Digital and always have. I'm extremely disappointed that I bought this new product and have to return it already because it's defective. It might have been just an unlucky drive so I don't think Western Digital sucks but their policy on RMAs for their device breaking within 2 months of use is just unacceptable. 6 months? A year? Sure it's more understandable.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Shawn, we appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Western Digital Purple drive, as this is not the typical experience with the product. We stand behind our warranty for the duration of the products provided warranty period, and as such, we are here to support our products regardless of the circumstances. We would like to assist you directly on this experience and resolve it with a positive outcome for you. Please 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.
https://wdsupport.wdc.com/sfdc/case.aspx

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  • Alan L.
  • 2/12/2015 11:11:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRead the SPECS

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Made for Camera DVRs; Runs quiet; excellent value

Cons: not for desktop use.

Other Thoughts: I dont understand people complaining about this drive when installed on a desktop PC. Its not designed for it. it is design for Surveillance, just like the features indicate. Get a Black series or SSD for desktop.

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  • kirby a.
  • 2/9/2015 7:09:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad sectors right outta the box

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: will partition and format, don't let this fool you be sure to run a surface scan

Cons: DOA

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Kirby, we regret hearing that you received a drive that is not working for you. Please note that all Western Digital products are tested and determined to meet WDs stringent quality standards before they are shipped to our resellers. There are many variables that could affect the drives integrity between leaving our warehouses prior to being installed in a computer. We would like 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
For additional assistance, please contact us below.

Need Help? Please visit the link below for further assistance or contact us at 1(800) 275-4932.
https://wdsupport.wdc.com/sfdc/case.aspx

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  • James I.
  • 12/25/2014 8:13:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDrive died within a month of use

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Great newegg shipping experience, as always.

Cons: drive failed after a month of use.

Other Thoughts: Purchased for use with a Drobo. No problems with delivery or installation. No specifically high-level load placed on the drive. It flat out failed. It was outside the window for Newegg to care, because I didn't start to use it for a few weeks after receiving it. Seeing WD's recent track record with drive quality complaints, I was hesitant to purchase a replacement. I eventually picked up a WD red 3TB and installed.

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  • Alexander I.
  • 12/3/2014 11:33:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Great price for specs.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 11/7/2014 1:37:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWD Purple- works on pc, but obviously not for one

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: works fine on a pc

Cons: 5.9 on windows experience index, which isn't fantastic

Other Thoughts: I am relatively new to pc tech and this was my first PC build's hard drive, because my "techy" friends helped, and i guess are not that good at computer building either and thought it would run faster... I have not come into any problems with it yet , it just isn't as fast as most hard drives like WD blue or Black because it doesn't have a consistent write speed.

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  • Mikhail F.
  • 9/10/2014 6:08:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Was running cool and quiet during WD data lifeguard extended test. Low power consumption. Newegg processed RMA and provided UPS return label with no issues after chatting with tech support rep.

Cons: Failed during WD data lifeguard diagnostics test with error 08 - too many bad sectors. Estimated time for the extended test was 6 hours, HDD failed after 3 hours of testing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive because it was on sale, and because WD claimed it to be reliable and capable of 24/7 work in surveillance system. I was planning to use is as a second hard drive in my home PC, but the drive failed extended test in Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics test after 3 hours. Estimated test time was about 6 hours. RMAed it for refund.

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  • Christopher M.
  • 8/14/2014 10:59:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD 3TB purple hdd

This review is from: WD Purple WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Awesome for surveillance DVR's, Western Digital built these purple line hard drives for running 24/7/365. Installed the drive in an Esata enclosure and hooked it to my Samsung 16 channel SDS-5122 HD security system and now have over a year of continuous recording. It's Awesome!!

Cons: None that I can think of so far

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