Using a WD Elements 4TB hd, our recordings started to be broken up into 3 min., 4 min, 1 min, recordings… BAD NEWS!
That is a sign that the HD is going or IS Bad… Eventually, we couldn’t even watch LIVE stations! The disk drive went SOUTH losing all recordings.
NOW, I order and installed a new SSD and it works beautifully! Guaranteed to last 5 years (no moving parts)!
This is what I got:
SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD - Up to 2000MB/s - USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 - External Solid State Drive - SDSSDE81-4T00-G25
Got from Amazon… Overnight delivery (with Prime)…
I swapped disks, powered up, pushed Blue/green button, Blue LED started blinking… after 2 min., per instructions, NOTHING happened… I thought the SSD was not going to work… I had dialed the Support Number and after waiting awhile and before talking, The Screen Changed!! Giving me the option to Format the disk! I took it! (and hung up) It took awhile to format 4 TB of data… Finally, it was done!
It has been working like a DREAM! Much better than it ever did before!
There has been discussion what is better… a standard HD with recording heads, etc. OR a SSD (Solid State Disk).
Well, it’s like trying to compare a Ford Model T with a Ferrari! NO CONTEST!
The weakest link in a std. HD is that it has VERY SMALL read/write Heads where even a puff of smoke will cause it to CRASH rendering the drive useless. Eventually, from temp changes from really Cold to really HOT, the recording surface goes bad giving poor results; extra time via retries, etc. and finally just plain Failure.
The best part of a SSD drive is that there are NO MOVING PARTS… The whole thing is made up RAM (Random Access Memory) plus a small controlling program that Simulates the operation of the std. The memory is non-volitile; will not go to Zero when powered off) seeking, reading, writing, error checking, etc. etc. The memory access is super FAST, the program operates super FAST… It’s the Ferrari!
The weakest part is the Memory; SanDisk is the Pioneer in this area, they are the very best… therefore, the memory, etc. is the Best It Can be… (IMHO)… It is warranted for 5 years! Most HD’s are for 2-3 years.
There you have it!
You can be assured that by getting a SanDisk SSD, you are getting The Best money can buy.
Oh, why did I get the PRO model vs. the standard model? SPEED!
The Pro model is designed for the Pro Photographer needing to take pictures as FAST as possible… etc.
I paid $300+ for the PRO rather than approx. $260 for the std. model.
To me, it was worth that $40-$50 extra SPEED and value.
I hope this makes it easier for everyone to decide on a SSD and Why!