WD Purple 6TB Surveillance Hard Drive RAID Review

Introduction


We have already had the pleasure to see how WD’s 6TB Purple surveillance hard disk performed in our previous review, but WD was kind enough to provide us with two of these drives and thereby allowing us to test them in a RAID environment too. A surveillance setup will rarely consist of just one hard drive, making this review one to take a closer look at before investing in your future surveillance storage.

With two drives at our disposal, we can run them as in RAID 1 and RAID 0 setups, depending on whether we want speed and storage or redundancy. There isn’t one setup that is better than another, it comes down to what you need in your setup. Most people will probably get more drives and opt for a RAID 5, RAID 6, or RAID 10 setup, but those are out of our reach when working with just two drives.

Whether you want to protect your personal assets and loved ones or monitor the business you worked hard to build, you’ll want surveillance-class storage to rely on. Not only are these drives built for 24/7 usage in environments with up to 8 disks, they also come with enhanced firmware built just for this kind of operation. When it comes to surveillance, every frame counts, and every frame has to be perfect. This is especially noticeable when many cameras are using the drives simultaneously. WD’s Purple series has no trouble here and it is designed to work in setups with up to 32 HD cameras.

The WD Purple 6TB surveillance drive features 64MB cache and uses the well-known WD IntelliPower system for the spindle speed. It is rated for a sustained transfer speed of up to 175MB/s and comes with a power draw of 5.3W in operation, 4.9W when idle, and 0.4W in standby or sleep mode. The noise level is rated to 45 dBA idle and 26 dBA seeking, so they’re barely audible. With a weight of 750 grams, the WD Purple 6TB isn’t the lightest drive, but that’s no surprise considering the capacity.

Western Digital also designed the Purple series to work in high-temperature environments. The temperature rating of the drive, on the base casting, ranges from zero to 65 degrees Celcius when operating and -40 to 70 when non-operating. The Purple series has a mean time before failure of 1 million hours and can withstand 300,000 load/unload cycles. On top of that you also get a two-year limited warranty.

One of the things that make the WD Purple series so great is the exclusive AllFrame technology that works with ATA streaming to reduce error pixelation and video interruptions that easily occur when desktop drives are incorrectly used in security systems. Missed frames and lost footage is a serious problem when an event occurs and surveillance footage needs to be retrieved. WD Purple with AllFrame provides the confidence you should expect when it’s time to play back and review critical surveillance footage.

AllFrame Features:

  • Reduces video frame loss with surveillance-class storage.
  • Specifically tuned for surveillance security systems.
  • Caching algorithms are tuned for write-intensive, low bit rate, high stream count applications that are typical of surveillance applications.
  • Priority change for write allocations and preemptive caching policies.
  • TLER & ATA streaming support.
  • Supports up to eight drives.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers homepage at the time of the review and might as such be subject to possible future changes.

Seagate Announces Three New 8TB Hard Disk Drives

Seagate announced that not one but three new 8TB hard disk drives have been added to their portfolio. The three new drives are from the Seagate Enterprise Capacity, Seagate Enterprise NAS, and Seagate Kinetic HDD series and all got the 8TB upgrade. While these aren’t the first 8TB drives, they are worth a closer look as they’re a force in themselves.

The first new 8TB drive comes from the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD series and this is where reliability meets high-capacity. The drive is aimed at the cloud markets where I’m sure that it will be welcome with open arms. The drive performs with a 100 percent increase in random read and write performance compared to its previous generation. That is quite an accomplishment and impressive.

Moving on to the small and medium-sized business oriented drives and we find the new Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD. There isn’t the big performance improvement here like there was in the Capacity line, but the new 8TB drives do allow companies to reduce the amount of drives they need and thereby the server sizes as well power consumption. An overall saving on the running costs and less hardware to worry about, that sounds like a good deal.

The Seagate Kinetic HDD series is the most interesting of the new 8TB options, but it is also the one that isn’t for home users at all, at least not yet. The Seagate Kinetic HDDs take a new approach on storage infrastructure as it is based on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform. The open source object storage protocol combined with Ethernet connectivity allows the Kinetic HDD to eliminate multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure with a simple Key/Value interface. This in return dramatically reduces the need for traditional storage servers. The reduction in equipment, power consumption, and human expenses results in a total cost of ownership saving of up to 70 percent. The LHC in Cern is one of the places where the Kinetic HDDs are being used to store and analyze the many petabytes of data collected.

Seagate Creates Highest Capacity 2.5″ 7mm HDD

The mechanical hard drive is far from dead despite the face solid state and hybrids drives march forward and intend to conquer the market. There are still a lot of improvements that can be done on the mechanical siblings and Seagate proved that again by creating the highest density 2.5-inch HDD in a slim 7mm package.

As an SSD user, you might be used to the 7mm drives, but most HDDs come in the larger form factors with a height of 9.5mm to 15mm. Seagate has achieved an impressive 1TB per 2.5-inch platter which in return allows them to release a new 2.5-inch 7mm HDD with 2TB capacity. That is quite impressive and will surely lead to higher versions with more capacity as well.

“In an industry first, our engineers have been able to boost areal density to 1 TB per platter in a 2.5-inch form factor, which will give OEMs the flexibility to design and build virtually any kind of mobile device they can envision, with plenty of storage to boot,” said Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. “Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25 TB SSD at a substantially lower cost.”

The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components-head, media, preamp, channel-to achieve even greater areal densities, well ahead of competitive offerings. Its advanced high-spatial efficiency mechanics delivers a lightweight drive, low acoustics, and strong mechanical robustness capable of new levels of drive stability even when subject to intense shock and vibrations.

The drive is also 25 percent lighter than the previous generation Seagate mobile hard drive products, smaller, and more efficient. Seagate is already working on an SSHD version of the drive as well. Both the HDD and the SSHD drives are surely something to look forward too.

Seagate Increases The External Seven Drive’s Capacity by 50%

Seagate celebrated their 35th Birthday with the beautiful Seven drive back in January at CES in Las Vegas and they’ve now released a new version that adds 50% more capacity to the drive. The first version came with 500GB capacity, but now the gorgeous 7mm thick portable USB 3.0 Seven drive can be had with 750GB capacity too.

Seagate has made some progress in their 2.5-inch drives which has allowed them to increase the size of normal 2.5-inch drives up to 3TB by using 750GB platters inside the drive. Using the same technology has allowed them to increase the capacity of the Seven.

The Seven is the world’s slimmest portable hard drive and only measures 7mm in thickness. This was achieved by using the actual drive housing as hard disk housing as well instead of just putting a normal 2.5-inch drive into an enclosure with a USB adapter board. The deep draw process used allows for the all-steel enclosure to be shaped in a method that the material could not be any thinner and still hold the structural integrity. The steel encasing also provides a rigidity, which allows for the incredibly thin design to be functional, while the low profile motor technologies used are designed to include extreme Gyro handling capabilities.

Seagate did not disclose any price on the new version. The 500Gb model holds its $99.99 MSRP till this day, so we can expect the 750GB version to cost around $130. A premium price for the capacity, but you also get a unique drive that looks amazing.

HGST Launched the 10TB Ultrastar Archive Ha10 HDD

HGST has set a new standard for mechanical hard drives with their helium filled drives and the latest one based on that technology have just been launched. The new HGST Ultrastar Archive HA10. brings 10TB of storage capacity specially designed for Active Archive applications.

This is the third drive based on HGST’s HelioSeal technology and it is the first 10TB enterprise-class drive in the industry. By integrating SMR into the drive, HGST achieved a higher density than other HDD vendors.

Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) is a relative new standard. Where traditional hard disk drives record data by writing non-overlapping magnetic tracks parallel to each other, shingled recording writes new tracks that overlap part of the old and thereby allowing for higher track density.

Due to the way SMR works, this method will have some impact on write performance as it might need to rewrite more data than it actually has to store. This is combated by a great use of firmware and drivers, but the drives are optimally suited for sequential backups rather than random writes. Sequential writes is the most common way backups are done, making this drive absolutely perfect for archive backups.

The HGST Ultrastar Archive HA10 drive is rated at two million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) and is backed by a five-year limited warranty. It has a 10-15 unrecoverable reduced bit error rate, rotational vibration safeguards, and 600K load/unload cycles.

HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB 7200RPM Hard Disk Drive Review

Introduction


There aren’t that many hard disk drives on the market so far that are specifically designed for use in NAS environments, but there are a few. Today I’m taking a closer look at the HGST’s Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD that is just such a drive and will put it through a thorough testing process.

The Deskstar NAS hard drive is a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive that provides an exceptional blend of reliability and performance, making it an ideal solution for both consumer and commercial desktop NAS systems. HGST has quite a bit of experience in the enterprise sector where they are the market leader in more than one field.

They took that experience and created a high-performance NAS drive for those that aren’t satisfied with the slow and silent approach to this market and the Deskstar NAS series kicks everything up a notch. Where most NAS drives will run at 5400 RPM, this one has a rotation speed of 7200 RPM and also double the cache that you’ll find in competitors drives: 128MB.

The higher spindle speed doesn’t just mean that you get faster transfer rates, it also helps with the seek times bringing them down below 12ms. The end-result is a drive performing roughly 20 percent faster than the competitors. The HGST Deskstar NAS drive is designed to run in enclosures with up to 8 and even 10 drives for those who need a lot of raw storage.

HGST’s rotational vibration sensors (RVS) on the edge of the drive sense incoming vibration and adjust the head position to vibrate in tune with external waves. According to HGST, this can improve the drives reliability with up to 70%. The sensors don’t just sense incoming vibration, they also predict them and in return the drive can compensate.

Vibrations can be a big issue for multi-drive enclosures and it’s a thing one shouldn’t forget. Not every drive is built for this and that’s why the NAS lines of drives were created.

The HGST Deskstar NAS drive comes with a 1 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) and it is backed by a 3-year limited warranty. The Deskstar NAS drive is available with 3TB, 4Tb, 5TB and 6TB capacity and you can also get them as two and four packs, making everything easier when you build your next system and need to fill it with fresh drives right away.

Buffalo Announced new MiniStation Extreme NFC Portable Hard Drive

Data security is more important than ever, especially for companies who work with a lot of personal details about their customers. Buffalo announced a new external hard drive that doesn’t just come with great physical resistance, it also packs the latest in digital protection. Buffalo’s new portable hard drive is called the MiniStation Extreme NFC and it will be available as both a 1TB and a 2TB version.

The drive has been tested and passed the US military drop test where it can withstand bumps and drops from a height of up to 1.2 meters. The ruggedized chassis and specialized internal bumpers absorb and transfer the shock away from the drive itself. It has also passed the IPX3 test to prove that it can withstand water and splashes and the IPX5 test for dust protection.

The digital side doesn’t just bring a 256-bit AES Full Data Encryption to protect sensitive data, it also comes with an included NFC smart card to protect and unlock the files. You don’t need to remember any passwords and you can ship the card and drive separately for additional protection.

“When examining the rugged portable drive market, many of our competitors focus on being the best at a single metric of device protection while sacrificing other data security capabilities,” said Matt Dargis, COO, Buffalo Americas, Inc. “We designed the MiniStation Extreme NFC to be the most complete rugged portable drive on the market, including features that not only protect against the elements, but also support the latest hardware encryption technology and NFC secure access functionality. We packaged all of this functionality into a sleek, compact design that sets it apart from the competition.”

The MiniStation Extreme NFC comes with an integrated flex connect cable and connects through USB 3.0 for maximum transfer speeds.

The new Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is available now for an MSRP of $129.99 for the 1TB model (HD-PZN1.0U3B) and $199.99 for the 2TB model (HD-PZN2.0U3B). Both are backed by a three-year warranty and comes bundled with TurboPC EX2, Backup Utility, Formatter2, and Lock and Go for NFC.

Western Digital Introduced the Purple NV 4TB and 6TB NVR HDDs

Western Digital introduced the new WD Purple NV hard disk, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch high-capacity drives for the greater demands of scalable network video recorder (NVR) surveillance systems. The new Purple NV drives will be available as 4 TB and 6 TB hard drives to suit the ever growing need for video storage.

Compared with the standard WD Purple drives, the new member of the WD’s surveillance video recording family is designed for larger-scale network surveillance systems utilizing higher hard drive bay counts and greater numbers of attached cameras, which demand increased storage capacity and durability. The new drives’ high capacities also enable long video retention periods for analysis and reference.

“The global video surveillance market is expanding with the increased accessibility to easy-to-use systems for small businesses and municipalities,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of HDD marketing at WD. “WD optimized the WD Purple NV line of hard drives for NVR digital surveillance systems to improve high-definition video playback for high-camera-count applications. NVR surveillance systems can produce incredible amounts of data which makes the WD Purple NV hard drives a perfect solution for NVR systems needing high quality recording and playback and high capacity storage.”

WD Purple NV is designed to withstand the demands of always-on digital NVR recording environments and at the same time it offers a low power consumption and many advanced performance features typically reserved for higher end surveillance storage. Among the features are the WD AllFrame technology that helps to reduce footage loss with a proprietary cache policy, the premium protection through tarnish-resistant components, and support for even the highest camera-count systems.

The new hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty and the drives will be available later this quarter, so before July sometime.

Toshiba Presents Two New 3TB Portable Hard Drives

Toshiba announced two new 3TB portable hard drives where one is an addition to the Canvio Basics line and the other is the brand new Canvio Connect II portable hard drive. Both new hard drives take advantage of the new 3TB 2.5″ Toshiba HDDs that are built with four 750MB platters.

The Canvio Basics is a simple USB 3 portable hard drive without much to say, except that it is a lot of storage on a little form factor. The line of drives is highly popular due to the reliability, size and most of all, price.

The unveiled Canvio Connect II portable hard drive is a little more interesting and doesn’t just bring along 3TB of storage, but also remote access capabilities, local and cloud backup and the ability to share and stream content. The backup system isn’t just limited to files and folders either but can handle complete system backups as well. Users can further secure everything with a password and optionally upload it to the cloud. Everything can be scheduled so you can lean back and let the Connect II take care of the rest.

The Canvio Connect II comes with 10GB free cloud storage and is backed by a 2-year warranty. It will be available later this month in 500GB ($99.99), 1TB ($119.99) and 2TB ($199.99) versions while the 3TB model will release later this year.

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Toshiba Announces First 3TB 2.5-Inch HDD

Toshiba announced the launch of a 3TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (MQ03ABB300), the industry’s largest capacity to date in this form factor. Utilizing perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, the new drive achieves 750GB per on each of the 4 platters. A drive perfect for situations where a lot of storage is needed, but the available space is limited.

The new drive doesn’t just impress with its capacity, it also consumes less power than the 2TB predecessor and is just as well suited for multi-drive home and SMB enclosures as laptops and notebooks. Sample shipments of the new MQ03ABB300 drive will begin in May.

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ADATA Launches its Stylish HV611 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

ADATA has just announced the launch of its latest portable HDD solution featuring the latest USB technology, the HV611 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, coming with simplistic design, vivid colours and unique puzzle patterns, as well as a compact size.

The company states that the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface clearly makes a difference in the efficiency of data transfer compared to similar external HDD solutions featuring USB 2.0 technology. Also, ADATA emphasises de HDD’s unique stylish interlocking shiny and matte puzzle piece lines present in its design, which the company considers to be an eye-catching ‘magnet’ along with the bright blue LED indicating data transfer status.

In terms of specifications, the HV611 is said to have a standard 2.5″ SATA HDD size, measuring in at 115 x 75 x 15 mm and weighing in at 151g, while operating at USB DC 5V. Customers who desire to purchase the HV611 are said to also be eligible for free downloads from ADATA’s proprietary OStoGO and HDDtoGO software, as well as receive a 3-year warranty for the product at hand.

The HV611 is said to come in capacities of 500GB and 1TB, having them available in four colours: black, starry white, shining blue and hot pink. In terms of pricing, the 500 GB version is said to have a recommended £41.99 set by ADATA, while the 1 TB version is said to come in at £55.99.

New Mini-ITX Configurations Announced By OriginPC and CyberpowerPC

OriginPC was one of the first manufacturers to offer the monstrous Titan Z card in their custom-build PCs. However, the chassis availability capable of housing the graphics card was limited, until now that is.

The manufacturer announced that NVIDIA’s Titan Z can now fit in some if its select mini-ATX cases, making the company one of the first to offer the smallest 4K PCs on the market. The mini-ATX line capable of handling the Titan Z is the Chronos lineup, having the Corsair 250D and Silverstone RVZ01 mini-ATX cases up for grabs for users wanting a small-size Titan Z configuration.

The Titan Z base configuration announced for the Chronos lineup is set to include Intel’s i5 4460 clocked at 3.2 GHz, the ASUS H97I motherboard, 8 GB of Kingston HyperX memory and a 500 GB hard disk solution, all being priced at $4600.

In addition, CyberpowerPC appears to have announced their own new small form factor PC builds with the addition of the Fang Battlebox. The small form factor case is said to be ready for travel, allowing for a small cage to be fitted inside of a hand plastic carrying case in order for users to take their builds to gaming parties or other gaming events.

Though the Battlebox is designed to be compact, the company states that the design was made with airflow in mind, having and additional option for water-cooling solutions as well, depending on the unit and selected video card. A quick swap tray for hard drives has also been fitted inside the box, having users granted a way to quickly swap between work and leisure data wherever they travel.

In terms of base specifications, the Fang Battlebox is said to one with Intel’s Core i3 4150, 8 GB of memory, 1 TB hard drive solution and integrated graphics, having CyberpowerPC pricing it at $620. Users who want more can get the Intel i7 4770K, 16 GB of memory, 2 TB of hard drive and 128 GB of SSD solutions, as well as NVIDIA’s GTX 780 configuration at the price of $1600.

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Core X5 Series PC Cases Announced By Fractal Design

Fractal Design has introduced its new series of PC Cases, the Core X5, distinguishable by its intuitive and easy-to-access interior, while also providing a removable HDD cage and tray system, supporting up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ disk drives.The PC case series is made up of four different models, the 3500 / 3500W / 25000 and 1500, each offering its unique support for different user conditions.

Taking a look at the 3500/3500W, it can be seen that the cases fit a wide body ATX Mid Tower specification, having also a Windowed side panel version which allows users to display their build. It comes with either two (for the 3500) or three (for the 3500W) 140mm fans, a built-in three-step fan controller and supports either two 249mm radiators or one 280mm radiator. In terms of disk space, the 3500/3500W version can fit up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives, having the tray equipped with vibration dampening silicone grommets. For the more demanding, two additional SSD drives can be fitted behind the motherboard tray as well.

Moving on to the 2500 version, a clean and modern exterior design presents itself along with exceptional cooling and component compatibility features. The case model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan controller and support for a 280mm and 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be mounted in two hard drive cages featuring vibration dampening and an additional SSD mounting can fit one SSD drive behind the power supply position.

Last but not least, the 1500 model features an extremely compact micro ATX Mini Tower design. It delivers a clean, modern exterior along with a high feature of compatibility and cooling. The model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan three speed fan controller and support for two 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be fitted in trays as well in this series’ “little brother”, equipped with vibration dampening features, with an additional SSD tray placed behind the power supply position.

When it comes to pricing, the 3500 can be found at a price tag of $79.99 / €69.99 / £59.99 while the 3500W comes with a price tag of $89.99 / €79.99 / £69.99. The other models, 2500 and 1500, can be found at a price tag of $59.99 / €49.99 / £44.99 and $59.90 / €49.99 / £44.99 respectively.

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Christofle Designed “Sphére” Hard Drive Released By LaCie

LaCie has released a strange-looking Hard Drive, in the shape of a Sphere. It is designed by Christofle, the hard drive is enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel.

The product has a USB 3.0 connection interface and comes in 1TB of storage capacity, a perfect place for all your information including photos, videos and music libraries. This peculiar spherical hard drive is also powered through the USB cable, and therefore does not require any additional power cords. It comes with an Automatic Backup feature which can help you keep a copy of your information in case something unexpected happens and you lose it. It also comes with LaCie’s Private-Public security feature for a more secure connection to keep all your information private, and also is energy-efficient with its Automatic Eco Mode feature, lowering the power consumption by 90% when not in use.

Christofle is usually the sign of a luxury brand and elegance. Founded in France in 1830, it has a long history of providing master craftsmanship. And we all know that elegance does not come cheap, and so is reflected in LaCie’s Sphere Hard Drive, bumping its price range to $499.

Features:

  • Design by Christofle, technology by LaCie
  • Hand-crafted and silvered in France
  • No power cable needed

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Western Digital To Warn Of OS X Mavericks Data Loss

Western Digital is warning customers of an unfortunate interaction between its storage management software and Apple’s latest OS X release, 10.9 ‘Mavericks,’ which can result in permanent data loss.

The latest release reduces the heavy skeuomorphism, the use of fake ‘physical’ elements, such as paper textures and page turning animations, of the company’s bundled applications, improves power efficiency with wake-up scheduling, and introduces kernel tweaks which include the seamless in-memory compression of unused application data in order to reduce paging to disk.

However it has also brought a fair number of glitches along for the ride. Flaws in the mail application and in connecting Thunderbolt storage devices are being addressed by Apple in pending updates, but there’s a more serious problem that needs tackling, which is data loss on Western Digital storage devices.

According to an email sent by Western Digital to customers and republished by TUAW, an unfortunate interaction between Western Digital’s management software and OS X Mavericks can result in the complete loss of all data on external drives connected to systems running Apple’s latest OS upgrade.

‘We want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X Mavericks (10.9),’ the company explained in the email to customers. ‘WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications.’

Advice given by Wester Digital for external drive users is not to upgrade to OS X Mavericks just yet. For users that have already taken this step, it is advisable to uninstall all copies of WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare, all of which WD has removed from its website to prevent fresh installations, and reboot the system to prevent data loss.

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