Best 3TB drive for Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Albert, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    They have changed the description and spec sheet since I first looked at the Purples, but they were clearly listed as SMR drives back then with a maximum rating of 1.75TB of writes per year. Even if they really aren't SMR anymore I will never trust them for TiVo use. The Reds have proven solid and the extra year of warranty is worth $10. My peace of mind is worth even more.
  2. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
  3. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    The current WD Purple drives have a 3 year warranty.

    While WD decision to change there color codes is confusing, it is pretty clear that current Purple drives are not the same as the former Purple drives at all and basing current Purple drives expected performance in a TiVo on the old Purple drives would be fairly foolish.

    WD description of the current Purple drives is:

    "Built for 24/7, always-on, high-definition security systems. With a supported workload rate of up to 180 TB/yr and support for up to 64 HD cameras, WD Purple drives are optimized for surveillance systems."​

    All that said the Red drives still appear to be superior and I am guessing will have a longer average life span. But given that both drives clearly are built for 24/7 usage and both are designed to last longer than 3 years with 24/7 usage how much more one should be willing to pay for a Red drive is unclear and I certainly wouldn't pay more for a Purple drive.
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  5. timbuckone

    timbuckone New Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    just ordered a red drive through best buy using visa checkout. It was either upgrade my current roamio or purchase a new bolt.
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Great to hear--nice deal there (better than Amazon Cyber Monday)! :) Which size did you go for? Debating if I should . . . .
  7. mehndi1

    mehndi1 New Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    I saw this drive for the Roamio: Western Digital AV-GP WD30EURS 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive. It is a WD30EURS instead of a WD20EURX. Does the "S" make a difference in the Roamio? Any suggestions or recommendations for buying this S drive instead of the X drive is appreciated.
  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    I think the EURX is no longer made but can be bought. As for the difference:
    There's the spec sheet. I use the EURX in my Roamio. I would not hesitate to use the EURS.
  9. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    These green drives are no longer made and are getting very highly priced on Amazon if they are available.

    The recommended drives to use are WD Red (WD10EFRX, WD20EFRX, WD30EFRX,.....) They are low powered drives designed for NAS purposes, but work well in Tivos. (I have a 4TB Red in my own Roamio. Very quiet. The Green drive in my Series 3 is a bit noisy.)
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  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    EURS drives were replaced by the EURX line (also discontinued) several years ago. It's almost certainly used, or at best the warranty has expired.

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