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Works for recording OTA TV with RPi3 and HDHomeRun Connect
Happy Customer from Calgary writes:
- This hard drive is easy on power requirements and can be connected directly to a Raspberry Pi 3. It can handle recording two Over-The-Air TV shows concurrently with reading an existing OTA TV Show recording.
- A bit expensive if not on sale.
- I built a PVR using this USB hard drive with a Raspberry Pi 3 and a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Connect dual network tuner to record and play free Over-The-Air TV shows.
very reliable external disk drive
Keith F. from Edmonton writes:
- New models are slightly faster than three years ago (see 2014-02-06 review): now about 33 MB/s for full disk reads (16 hours) and 29 MB/s for full disk writes. The drives seem to produce less heat than earlier models and there was no noticeable reduction in speed during continuous activity. While these drives work well on USB 2.0 connections, they are now fast enough that you should normally use them on USB 3.0 connections.
- Slower than external disk drives that have their own power supply. Macintosh users should reformat these drives for the HFS+ file system (or Time Machine), rather than accepting the default NTFS format (PC). Consider carefully the choice of file system if you are sharing a drive between computers with different types of operating systems.
- These drives have been very reliable, work almost everywhere, and have four colors to choose from. General advice is that any new disk drive should be fully tested before you start using it for important files. There are free programs for this; unfortunately, I can't post links in this review.
Works With Android
Jon from Calgary writes:
- To my pleasant surprise, it seems to work consistently as USB OTG storage on my Android phone. I wasn't sure it would get enough power, but it's been rock solid.
- None that I've noticed so far.
- If you need bulk storage for your phone, this is a good option.
Hugh from Edmonton writes:
- I bought them because my laptop needed a extra HDD for backup and photos that I don't use so often. So as soon as I got it, I tear the case apart and install it into my computer by remove optical drive and replace with a HDD adapter. It's 7.5mm thick so it fits in most of laptops. Since that day it's been running for a year and half, no problems so far. Very reliable drive.
- Transfer speed is a bit slow, but it doesn't really matter because I got a SSD for system and another WD black for games and other regularly used software and files.
- Perfect hard drive for money as long as you just use it for backup, as a booting device it might be too slow.
good backup disk drive
Keith F. from Edmonton writes:
- Simple design. Good case. Nice solid feel. My computer only has USB 2.0 ports and averaged 27 MB/s reads and writes. Other people say faster speeds on USB 3.0 ports, which I can't confirm. No errors in 8 TB of testing with full disk writes and read verify -- 78 hours of continuous activity!
- None. Black only. Maybe later in blue, red, or silver. Note: drive throttles down to 20 MB/s under heavy use, probably to reduce heat.
- I like disk drives that are just disk drives: no hardware encryption, no virtual CD devices of unwanted software, no AC power adapter, etc. Drives of 2 TB are the biggest you can use with MBR partitions on old Windows XP and others. The disk drive testing software can be found at http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Erase-Disk.shtml (may need to use the direct download link).