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WD Purple

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The smart choice for surveillance

WD Purple Surveillance Storage offers exclusive AllFrame technology to bring you premium reliability and peace-of-mind when installing your home or small to medium business security system. WD Purple’s exclusive firmware upgrades work with ATA streaming to reduce error pixilation and video interruptions that occur when desktop hard drives are incorrectly used as storage in security systems. WD Purple Surveillance Storage is built for 24/7, always-on, high-definition surveillance security systems that use up to eight hard drives and up to 32 cameras.

Choose a drive that is designed and engineered for home and business surveillance systems and enjoy the peace-of-mind you can only get from a surveillance-class hard drive.

Desktop drives vs. surveillance-class storage

You wouldn’t use a bicycle to transport cargo across the country because it’s not the right tool for the job. You also shouldn’t use a desktop hard drive in your surveillance security system because it wasn’t designed for that application.

WD Purple surveillance-class storage has been tested to be compatible in a wide-range of security systems. These drives are designed to replace standard desktop drives that were not designed for the harsh 24/7 always-on, high-definition surveillance environment. Desktop drives are built to run for only short intervals and are not engineered to withstand high-temperature fluctuations and equipment vibrations found in a typical surveillance application.

Surveillance storage for peace-of-mind

Whether you’re protecting your personal assets and loved ones or monitoring the business you worked hard to build, you can rely on surveillance-class storage built by one of the largest hard drive manufacturers in the world. WD Purple Surveillance Storage is designed for high temperature, always-on, surveillance security systems to ensure reliability and quality video play back when you need it most. Experience the security of knowing you’re using a surveillance–class drive designed by a leader in the hard drive industry.

Improve performance with AllFrame

WD Purple surveillance-class hard drives are equipped with AllFrame technology which works with ATA streaming to reduce frame loss, improve playback and increases the number of drive bays supported. AllFrame reduces video interruptions that commonly occur when desktop hard drives are incorrectly used as storage in security systems. Missed frames and lost footage is a serious problem when an event occurs and surveillance footage needs to be retrieved. WD Purple with AllFrame provides the confidence you should expect when it’s time to play back and review critical surveillance footage.

Key benefits:

  • Reduces video frame loss with surveillance-class storage.
  • Specifically tuned for surveillance security systems.
  • Caching algorithms are tuned for write-intensive, low bit rate, high stream count applications that are typical of surveillance applications.
  • Priority change for write allocations and preemptive caching policies.
  • TLER & ATA streaming support.
  • Supports up to eight drives.
Engineered for compatibility

WD Purple surveillance hard drives are built for compatibility with industry-leading chassis and chip set manufacturers for seamless integration into your new or existing video surveillance system. Check out our compatibility selector to find out what surveillance drive is right for you.

Lower power consumption

Low power consumption is crucial in high-temperature always-on surveillance environments. With exclusive IntelliSeek technology, WD Purple drives calculate the optimum seek speeds which lowers power consumption, noise and vibration that can damage and cause desktop drives to wear out more quickly. When you invest in a premium surveillance-class drive you worry less while enjoying the benefits over a longer period of time.

Optimized performance for up to 32 HD cameras

WD Purple hard drives are optimized to support up to 32 high-definition surveillance cameras, giving you the flexibility to upgrade and expand your security system in the future.

3-year limited warranty (worldwide)

Trust a company with the confidence to stand behind their surveillance storage products with a 3-year limited warranty worldwide.

Recommended use

WD Purple storage is tested and recommended for use in surveillance and security systems up to 8 bays and optimized for 32 HD cameras. For additional surveillance capacity, look at WD datacenter hard drives. WD Purple is not recommended for use in NAS environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for desktop RAID and NAS environments or WD datacenter hard drives for rackmount or large RAID configurations.

Our colors give you the power.

The data on your drive is more than just bits and bytes, it’s your story. Your digital life is unique. While it’s true that we are passionate about our products, it’s equally true that we are passionate about you, our customers. We understand the importance of what you store which is why we are so driven to do the very best we can to help protect it.

WD has segmented our storage lineup into easy to recognize colors that give customers the power to choose the right product for their needs. WD Blue for everyday use. WD Green for capacity. WD Black for performance. WD Red for network attached storage (NAS). And WD Purple for surveillance. WD offers more than a one-size-fits-all storage solution. WD offers choice, and providing that choice drives everything we can do together.

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Use this convenient Surveillance Compatibility Selector to find which WD drive is compatible with your Surveillance system.

Product Selector

This is an easy-to-use Product Selector to help suggest which WD surveillance storage products would be appropriate in your surveillance environment.

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Number of Drive Bays

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Capacity Selector

This easy-to-use Capacity Selector to help suggest how much surveillance storage may be needed based on your specific surveillance requirements.

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Model #InterfaceForm FactorRPMCapacityCache 
WD40PURXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower4 TB64 MB
WD30PURXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower3 TB64 MB
WD20PURXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower2 TB64 MB
WD10PURXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower1 TB64 MB



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Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.


Reviews
06-19-2014
United States
Tom's Hardware.com
Surveillance Hard Drive Shoot-Out: WD and Seagate Square Off
03-26-2014
United States
Tweaktown
Western Digital Purple Surveillance Storage 4TB HDD Review