Debating between WD Red and Seagate IronWolf drives

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by OrbitalGolem, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. OrbitalGolem

    OrbitalGolem New Member

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    Hello everyone - I'm likely upgrading a Series 3 to a 1 TB drive and was wondering if anyone has been using the Seagate IronWolf series? This model and the WD Red are both marketed as NAS-focused drives and they're within dollars of each other on Newegg.

    Are the WD Red drives still the go-to drive?
     
  2. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    Either brand should be fine, just don't get a 7200rpm drive.
     
  3. LarryAtHome

    LarryAtHome Active Member

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    The WD purple drives are usually a few dollars cheaper and made for video. They appear to be identical to the RED drives, just run different firmware optimized for video streams.
     
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  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Yes. Series 3 can handle a max of 2TB.
     
  5. Luke M

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    FYI, new model <=6TB WDs with 256MB cache use SMR. Avoid.
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I believe that only applies to Bolts and the 2.5" drives.
     
  7. Luke M

    Luke M Member

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    I'm talking about 3.5" drives.

    I mean, maybe these SMR drives are okay for Tivos, but it's uncharted waters. Why risk it?
     
  8. OrbitalGolem

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  9. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Doubt it. WD Red does not have Intellipark (AFAIK). The WD Green has it active, but last updates on Series 3 (v11.0h) negated it.

    Why stop at 1TB? Series 3 has a max 2TB, Premiere and above have a known limit of 8TB. Bolts on v21.7+ have issues with drives larger than 1TB(?). 3TB Bolts are currently not sold any more.
     
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