Will this Seagate Surveillance HD also be a good multipurpose drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SpanklyMcDoodle, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. SpanklyMcDoodle macrumors member

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    Seagate SV35.5 Series SATA 1.0 TB Internal Hard Drive (ST31000525SV)

    Putting it into an external enclosure to use with an older MBP.

    My concern is it being advertised as designed specifically for surveillance.

    What could be the disadvantage in this design?

    Some use will be for multi audio stream playback/recording.

    A couple of partitions for operating systems.

    The rest, back-up of what's on my older, smaller drives.


    Thanks


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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It says that it's designed to be low power and meant for 24/7 running. I haven't heard about that model before so I would stick with known models that are designed for everyday use. If you're going to use it externally, WD Caviar Green is a decent deal
     
  3. SpanklyMcDoodle thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the suggestion Hellhammer, that is a good price, I was looking for a 7200 rpm drive. Better for recording music.

    So, you think that the 24/7 running aspect is somehow a hindrance?

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    It doesn't matter. Caviar Green has maximum bandwidth of ~78MB/s IIRC while USB 2.0 tops out at ~35MB/s and FireWire 800 at ~80MB/s. Simply put, a faster HD won't speed up the recording as the interface is the bottleneck.

    HDs have limited lifespan but e.g. your internal HD is running most of the time and it's just fine. They are meant to run
     
  5. Goldenbear macrumors regular

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    I would think 24/7 makes this a more reliable drive than the regular consumer line. It certainly costs more.
     

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