Which 3.5" drive is currently recommended for an HTPC

#1

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):

  1. WD AV-GP (as discussed above), or
  2. WD Red, or
  3. WD Purple.

Which drive would you advise (or advise against), have you tried it, and why would you recommend or avoid that specific drive ?

Thanks.
MK.

#2

Hi MotoK,

WD Purple if you compare it with WD AV-GP.

Reason:- WD Purple drives are built for 24/7, always-on, high-definition with a supported workload rate1 of up to 180 TB/yr.WD’s exclusive AllFrame 4K™ technology, so you can confidently create a system tailored to your needs .

spec sheet WD Purple Drive : https://www.wdc.com/content/dam/wdc/website/downloadable_assets/eng/spec_data_sheet/2879-800012.pdf

Spec sheet WD RED Drive: https://www.wdc.com/content/dam/wdc/website/downloadable_assets/eng/spec_data_sheet/2879-800002.pdf

Spec sheet WD AV-GP Drive (End of Life) : http://www.hammer-drive.com/assets/uploads/downloads/drive-selector/WD%20AV-GP.pdf

#3

James.G WDStaff has advised:
WD Purple if you compare it with WD AV-GP. Reason: - WD Purple drives are built for 24/7, always-on, high-definition with a supported workload rate1 of up to 180 TB/yr. WD’s exclusive AllFrame 4K™ technology, so you can confidently create a system tailored to your needs .

So “James.G WDStaff” says I CAN use WD Purple

On this thread: Wd purple used for PVR?
“CK_WD WDStaff” advised:
The WD Red drives are specifically designed for NAS and RAID environments, they have a smaller RPM of 5400 for more steady performance and specific NAS features. The WD Purple is for surveillance, you can check my previous post (and its hyperlinks). Either of these wouldn’t be the right fit or design to use in your PVR, which I see can handle 3.5’’ drives in any capacity.

So “CK_WD WDStaff” says do NOT use WD Purple

So which one is it?