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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2020, 10:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Wd Purple for desktop use?

Currently I have 2 WD 4tb purple lying around. can I use it in my desktop like a normal HDD?

I have lots of pictures, videos ,,mp3 , files and other important files. Yes I know that the purple drive are best for surveillance storage but wanna know if it can be used like a traditional hdd with no issues

I realised that the Purple drives are meant for Surveillance purposes and that since it’s meant for continuous use data inside might be corrupted more easily (due to ATA streaming??? I don’t know the terminologies). My concern now is that I will be storing critical data onto the drive and I planned to get another Purple or to buy 2 WD Reds instead? Or stick to the WD Purple?
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Currently I have 2 WD 4tb purple lying around. can I use it in my desktop like a normal HDD?

I have lots of pictures, videos ,,mp3 , files and other important files. Yes I know that the purple drive are best for surveillance storage but wanna know if it can be used like a traditional hdd with no issues

I realised that the Purple drives are meant for Surveillance purposes and that since it’s meant for continuous use data inside might be corrupted more easily (due to ATA streaming??? I don’t know the terminologies). My concern now is that I will be storing critical data onto the drive and I planned to get another Purple or to buy 2 WD Reds instead? Or stick to the WD Purple?
Many thanks!
You run the risk of data getting corrupted when copying to it. You probably will be ok with the data already on the drive staying on the drive but I don't recommend putting any more data on it nor buying purples for anything other than surveillance usage. You would be better off buying reds in the future.

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That streaming stuff problem won't apply to you from what I understood. That special behavior where it decides to rather corrupt data than taking too long to finish a request on time, it only does that if it's requested by those special streaming commands. Those commands won't be used by Windows and normal programs. It's only special software using those streaming commands. Windows only uses normal ATA commands, and then the drive will behave like a normal drive.
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That streaming stuff problem won't apply to you from what I understood. That special behavior where it decides to rather corrupt data than taking too long to finish a request on time, it only does that if it's requested by those special streaming commands. Those commands won't be used by Windows and normal programs. It's only special software using those streaming commands. Windows only uses normal ATA commands, and then the drive will behave like a normal drive.



so if i will put in the purple drive avi and blueRAy FILES and if i will try to run the files for to watch the avi and blueRAy or to hear mp3 files from purple will i have problems/?

because of the nature of the drive itself, there could be potentially data corruption, which of course scares the heck out of someone who wants to use the WD Purple to store data.

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so if i will put in the purple drive avi and blueRAy FILES and if i will try to run the files for to watch the avi and blueRAy or to hear mp3 files from purple will i have problems/?

because of the nature of the drive itself, there could be potentially data corruption, which of course scares the heck out of someone who wants to use the WD Purple to store data.

The drive doesn't do this by itself. It will behave like a normal drive when you use it in a PC in Windows.

The drive doesn't know that your data is video. It can't detect video files by itself and it won't decide to corrupt those video files. That streaming corruption stuff is something for use inside a special surveillance server, and the software on that server asks the drive to do it. You won't see this stuff on your normal Windows and with your normal programs.
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