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  Reply # 513550 29-Aug-2011 17:06
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Do you guys have any problem streaming mkv HD content over your network with the WD 2TB drives?

Mine is stuttery as.

It is perfectly fine with music, SD content and ISO's though.


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  Reply # 513560 29-Aug-2011 17:21
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Seagate had a nasty firmware bug in a particular generation a few years ago that gave them a bad reputation.  That aside generally, all the manufacturers have around the same reliability/fail rates imo.

Google published this paper in 2007 about the reliability of the commodity drives they use
http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/labs.google.com/en//papers/disk_...

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  Reply # 513575 29-Aug-2011 17:49
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urban: Do you guys have any problem streaming mkv HD content over your network with the WD 2TB drives?

Mine is stuttery as.

It is perfectly fine with music, SD content and ISO's though.



I really doubt any USB 2.0 drive will keep up with HD video, whether watched on the computer or streamed over a network.




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  Reply # 513579 29-Aug-2011 18:01
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If you going to have such a huge drive, would suggest that you use USB3
I have one of these WD drive and it is tiny, about 1/2 size of a smokes box.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=392069

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  Reply # 513627 29-Aug-2011 19:38
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timmmay:
urban: Do you guys have any problem streaming mkv HD content over your network with the WD 2TB drives?

Mine is stuttery as.

It is perfectly fine with music, SD content and ISO's though.



I really doubt any USB 2.0 drive will keep up with HD video, whether watched on the computer or streamed over a network.


Nah i've got them on my pc... several TB's worth :)  We have several PC's networked at home... 

I vividly remember running some HD stuff over network awhile back with a 1Tb Seagate HDD and I didn't have the video stutter.



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  Reply # 513664 29-Aug-2011 21:06
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Blu-ray runs at 36Mbps, less than 10% of the available bandwidth of USB2. No need for USB3. Hard drives on the other hand have different sizes of buffer, different number of platters, different encoding, different access time.

As for brands, your choice is Seagate or Western Digital. Both have good points and bad points, model specific. The other brands do not count, obsolete, or being sold.




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  Reply # 515905 2-Sep-2011 19:39
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Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences with these brands, as usual, it seemed to be about 50/50 xD After doing some research online and reading this thread, and taking price into consideration, I went for the 2TB WD Elements external, I hope it does me well! :)

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