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WD expands surveillance-class hard drive line with 6TB Purple

WD boosts storage to 6TB for video surveillance applications with the WD Purple HDD

Paul Alcorn | Oct 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm CDT (1 min, 14 secs time to read)

WD has announced they are expanding the capacity of the WD Purple line of surveillance-class HDD's up to 6TB. WD Purples are purpose-built HDDs designed to specifically address video surveillance workloads. Video camera recording has unique requirements, and the enhancements in the Purple series reduce dropped frames and allow simultaneous recording of up to 32 high-definition cameras.

WD expands surveillance-class hard drive line with 6TB Purple | TweakTown.com

Security cameras continue to be used in more and more applications, and the advent of 4K high-definition models has created the need for more capacity. The WD Purple series is tested for broad compatibility with all of the leading video surveillance systems, and proprietary WD technologies boost performance and video recording accuracy.

  • AllFrame - In conjunction with ATA streaming, AllFrame reduces video frame loss, improves playback and increases the number of drive bays supported. WD Purple includes exclusive firmware enhancements that enable improved playback and minimize interruptions within a surveillance system.
  • IntelliSeek Technology - With low power consumption playing a crucial role in high-temperature always-on surveillance environments, IntelliSeek technology calculates the optimum seek speeds for the system workload, enabling lower power consumption and reducing noise and vibration.

Chris Ramseyer took a detailed look at the original Purple series in this review, and be sure to look to our storage areas for more detailed product analysis of everything storage in the consumer and enterprise segments. The new 6TB WD Purple has an MSRP of $329.99, and WD Purple's are available from 1TB to 6TB capacities.

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 11:48 am CDT

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The quest for benchmark world records led Paul further and further down the overclocking rabbit hole. SSDs and RAID controllers were a big part of that equation, allowing him to push performance to the bleeding edge. Finding the fastest and most extreme storage solutions led to experience with a myriad of high-end enterprise devices. Soon testing SSDs and Enterprise RAID controllers at the limits of their performance became Paul's real passion, one that is carried out through writing articles and reviews.

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