Solved can WD HDD type AV be used as normal Windows Hard drive?

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January 14, 2012 at 05:41:28
Specs: Windows 7 pro, bulldozer/8gb
ok got a new hdd cheap from ebay, its a western digital WD32000AVJS, i thought this was just a normal hdd @ first, but after doin a bit of research iv found out its different western digital have a whole webpage about it
http://wdc.com/en/products/products...

basically i want to know if this type hdd is ok to use like a normal hdd on desktop game pc with OS installed on it etc, and will there be any overall performance drops/gains when using a AV hdd.??

ty, r


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January 14, 2012 at 06:58:16
You should have asked BEFORE you bought the drive. AV = Audio Visual. This type of HDD is designed for use in surveillance systems that run 24/7 such as store security camera recordings. It does not have error correction therefore it is NOT good for desktop use. Here's a clip from a review:

"Some unscrupulous or misinformed dealers are promoting such AV-optimized hard disk drives as "superior" versions of their desktop cousins with appropriately higher price tags. Nothing could be further from the truth. These AV-optimized hard disk drives are neither superior nor inferior to their desktop equivalents. They are designed to be used in very specific applications, and are not meant for use in desktop or server environments."

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle....



#1
January 14, 2012 at 06:07:55
Yes you can use that hard drive to install an OS & applications, in fact anything.
It's called an "AV" simply because it's been designed especially to cope with frequent audio/video recording & playback (so it's better quality than a standard hard drive).

That's the only difference, the build-quality is better.


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#2
January 14, 2012 at 06:15:55
I don't see the hdd r.p.m from wd specs page. Nowdays 8mb of cache is old, they are plenty 16 to 32mb cache hard drives.

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#3
January 14, 2012 at 06:23:05
ty 4 replys, 7200rpm

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January 14, 2012 at 06:58:16
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You should have asked BEFORE you bought the drive. AV = Audio Visual. This type of HDD is designed for use in surveillance systems that run 24/7 such as store security camera recordings. It does not have error correction therefore it is NOT good for desktop use. Here's a clip from a review:

"Some unscrupulous or misinformed dealers are promoting such AV-optimized hard disk drives as "superior" versions of their desktop cousins with appropriately higher price tags. Nothing could be further from the truth. These AV-optimized hard disk drives are neither superior nor inferior to their desktop equivalents. They are designed to be used in very specific applications, and are not meant for use in desktop or server environments."

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle....


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#5
January 14, 2012 at 07:57:51
kuwese You click on the specific drive model to get the full specs.

I personally never heard of these drives. Good to know about the information riider posted.


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#6
January 14, 2012 at 08:07:34
I never heard of these drives too.

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#7
January 14, 2012 at 11:32:47
nether did i until now this sucks ebay dude better take it back

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#8
January 15, 2012 at 13:24:45
he took it back

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