[mythtv-users] which drive?

Leo Butler leo.butler at member.ams.org
Tue Sep 4 19:20:16 UTC 2018

I wouldn't touch desktop-class drives, esp. barracudas, even for
desktop-like purposes.

Here's my anecdotal evidence: I bought ~6 2TB barracudas about 3-4 years
ago for recordings in my 24/7 mythbackend. Every one failed within 3
years, the first one after ~3 months. The precipitating cause in every
case, I believe, was a power failure, and the few that weren't
completely fried indicated very high temperatures had been experienced
(IIRC, > 50C). This was strange, as the box was in a well-ventilated
room in the basement that never exceeded 20C.

Several of the power failures/flickers were during prime time while we
were watching MythTV, so I am pretty confident that it was power failure
in all cases. 

I have replaced all of these drives with NAS or surveillance-grade disks
(WDs, Seagates & Toshibas, depending on newegg.ca's prices) of larger
capacity. I am guessing that spending more now means spending less
later. It is too early to say for certain, although I haven't had any of
the higher-spec disks fail yet.


Daryl McDonald <darylangela at gmail.com> writes:

> I'm thinking of replacing my storage drives with new ones. Is the Segate
> barracuda just as good as the WD Purple? Or is the $15 per terrabyte worth
> it for the "cctv" drive?
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