I’m ready to update my drive. What are the thoughts on this drive? I know it’s a little excessive in size. I may go with the smaller 4TB version. I want to know if anyone else is using these drives with the 4 tuner model and how it’s working for you. This appears to be an updated version of previously recommend drives.
I have been having issues possibly related to my drive which should theoretically work well since it’s an SSD.
Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB8000100)
I use the 5tb version of this, been running great for almost 2 years now
I had a WD before that and it would give me issues, this fixed it
I went to the Amazon link to read a little more about the drive and happened to see this in one of the reviews (quoted below). If true, maybe recording multiple shows at a high quality setting could be an issue. @jayeffgee is your drive SMR also?
First thing to note is that these are SMR drives. What is SMR? It means Shingled Magnetic Recording, basically the data on the drive is written overlapped like shingles on a roof. This means you can get more data on each disk platter, hence less platters for a given size and thus the drive is cheaper. Ok that’s great right? Well the problem is this DRASTICALLY slows down the write speed for long sequential writes. It can get bogged down during large writes and become very very slow, like 10MB/s on average slow.
For what its worth I have a small pile of dead external disk drives, and with the exception of a 3TB toshiba that I knocked over while it was running (connected to the TABLO at the time ironically enough), they are all dead Seagate drives…