Hard drive prices - Please be aware: At the moment the world hard drive market is suffering a 60% loss in production capacity following the terrible flooding in Thailand. This has had a knock on effect in prices resulting in a £20-30 premium per drive. Fortunately we have secured a good stock of drives so availability is not an issue. We are still supplying our premium WD drives.
Our Western Digital drives are designed specifically for intensive uses such as CCTV systems. We regularly see inferior drives being offered for sale in a bid to reduce cost or increase margins but this can sometimes create long term problems.
A conventional hard drive as fitted to your computer is only designed for short bursts of use, it is also only designed to be operational for 8 hours a day. Obviously a CCTV system needs to be recording 24 hours a day which places a great load on the hard drive particularly as a result of higher temperatures endured. Images are constantly being stored and replaced as the drive over-writes it`s self so there is a also a huge throughput of information compared to a standard computer drive.
With all this in mind we have worked alongside Western Digital to ensure the best possible choice of drives. As one of the foremost producer of hard drives Western Digital invest huge sums worldwide to design and develop new products. Energy consumption, life expectancy and performance are all aspects they constantly seek improve on ensuring their products remain the first choice of industry professionals.
Western Digital have developed a range of "Green Power" hard drives which have a reduced power consumption to keep the running cost of the drive as low as possible. This is achieved by Western Digital's IntelliSeek (the drive calculates the optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration), IntelliPark (automatically unloads the heads during idle to reduce aerodynaic drag - yes really!) and IntelliPower (manages the spin speed, transfer rate and cache size) technologies. These three technologies and many more all result in a lower cost of ownership for the end user.
The drive has been designed to produce the least amount of noise possible. This drive produces less than 1 sone (which is a subjective unit of loudness as perceived by a person with normal hearing) which equates to an average of 25dBA. It can operate in temperatures from 0°C up to 70°C and with the humidity being up to 95% (non-condensing). This makes the hard drive ideal for use in all conditions that your DVR will reasonably experience.