It also helps explain drive slowness issues folks complain about with the HUB. WD put their slowest Scorpio Blue, 2.5" 1TB drive inside; speed 5200 rpm, w/8MB cache . It is the drive model WD10TPVT. These little hummers sell as bare drives for $100 or more. In addition, there is a tiny cooling fan inside the HUB. Great; even if the drive doesn’t get noisy, the cheap cooling fan just might. How’s that for fun movie watching?
Seeing this video should convince anyone considering a HUB to forego it for a drive-less unit, e.g. the new “WDTV Live Streaming” and then buy an external HD with no cooling fan. The best part: You will get more and spend less money.
For example, to go along with my new Live Plus last year, I bought two Hitachi drives in their own powered enclosures – no fan. They are 2TB, 3,5", 7200 rpm, w/ 32MB cache models. Are they fast? Fer sure; movies and misic, np problem, and no lag time when the WDTV turns on and reads the drives. I can take 'em to the PC if I have lots of file loading to do, but mostly I just send stuff to them through the home network at over 8mbps. Takes under 15 mins for most movie ISO files to travel to the drives. It all comes down to drive RPM and cache size. The faster and bigger it all is, the better.
Are these drives quiet? Not as quiet as a little notebook drive like the one in the HUB, but my drives only can be heard slightly when file transfers take place, but not when a movie plays, and that is what counts when it comes to drive noise.
The final “best part” about these excellent drives: They cost me under $120 each. I found a good deal, for sure, but anyone can do the same with a little power shopping. If you buy an enclosed drive, be sure to find a review that tells about the actual drive inside. Or for DYI, install a bare drive in an enclosure. I also have some WD drives I put in enclosures.
If someone currently has a HUB, and their drive dies – it will cost over $100 to replace the drive even as a DYI project (with the video as your guide!). In this case, reboot, and give the whole unit the boot. Get a drive-less WDTV and a bigger, faster and less expensive 3.5" drive. (No, my drives are not eyesores by the TV; they both sit behind the TV outta sight!)