Which 3.5" drive is currently recommended for an HTPC in January 2018 ?
I have built a few HTPC’s over the last ten years and I have always used the WD AV-GP range of drives in either 1TB or 2TB size.
All HTPC’s that I build use an SSD as the C: for Windows 7 64-bit and the WD AV-GP as the D: for TV recordings and other video.
I am quite happy to get another WD AV-GP drive, but various websites list these as old and end-of-life drives so it got me thinking about the current range of WD drives.
My dilemma is none of the current range appear to be designed for an HTPC, but as they are newer, they may possibly be a better alternative.
I only require a 1TB or 2TB drive - any bigger, and I end up with too many programmes recorded and not enough time to watch them.
My choice would be one of the following (in either 1TB or 2TB size):
- WD AV-GP (as discussed above), or
- WD Red, or
- WD Purple.
Which drive would you advise (or advise against), have you tried it, and why would you recommend or avoid that specific drive ?