[mythtv-users] Quiet, reliable hard drives

James Linder jam at tigger.ws
Tue Dec 12 04:19:22 UTC 2017

> On 12 Dec 2017, at 8:28 am, mythtv-users-request at mythtv.org wrote:
>  Any recommendations for a quiet & reliable hard drive for mythtv?  SSD would 
> fit the bill, but at 2 TB capacity (what I'm looking at), still a bit pricey.
>  I'm currently running 2 machines - a system with enterprise quality HD that 
> stores the data in a far way room (drives going on 5 years of operation and 
> still strong) and a frontend/main linux computer with all SSD.  Ideally, I'd 
> like to consolidate, but those enterprised HDs are quite noisy, and I like the 
> relatively quietness I have now.
>  Mythtv pretty much never records more than 1 thing at a time.  The storage is 
> also used for zoneminder & other minor storage use.
>  I'm tempted by the 2.5" lap top drives - those generally seem quieter & lower 
> power, but I'm not sure if they'd be up to long term use.  Though the Firecuda 
> comes with a 5 year warranty, suggesting some degree of robustness.
>  I currently mirror all of my data, and I'd probably want to do that with the 
> new setup.  I'll probably free up an SSD, so can use that as read/write cache.
>  Looking for thoughts/suggestions.

I’ve been using the WD passport drives. (Both 2T and 4T)
They are quiet, USB3 getting 60 odd MB/s write, and after a year I’ve had no failures (6 drives).
The only fumble I’ve seen is that linux screws up them as (EFI) boot disks. Not immediately but after days/weeks grub>

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