October, 2020

Western Digital Expanded Its Family of WD Purple Solutions

HDD Data Recovery Western Digital

Western Digital announced it has expanded its family of WD Purple storage solutions with the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for video recorders and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD card for AI-enabled cameras.

The company days all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24x7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

The new WD Purple 18TB HDD is designed for NVRs and video analytics appliances as well as GPU-enabled devices that can deliver both real-time and post analytics applications. The company claims the new HDD offers 28 percent more capacity than the previous generation and has room to spare for storing video, reference images, and metadata at the edge, to support more effective AI. WD Purple drives from 8TB to 18TB feature AllFrame AI technology that enables recording of up to 64 high-definition cameras, as well as an additional 32 streams for deep learning analytics. Specific NVRs also support the Western Digital Device Analytics feature for monitoring the health of the installed Purple hard drives. These drives carry a 1.5M hours MTBF rating and a 3-year warranty.

The WD Purple 1TB microSD card is designed for AI-enabled cameras, surveillance cameras, and edge devices, and can serve as primary or back-up data storage. It is based on Western Digital’s advanced 96-layer 3D NAND technology, and delivers a combination of high endurance with up to 500 P/E cycles. WD Purple 1TB microSD card comes in 1TB, 512GB, 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB capacities. Rugged and durable, the WD Purple microSD cards are weather-resistant, humidity-resistant and can withstand temperatures from -25° degrees to 85° degrees C. In compatible cameras, the card health monitor provides installers and integrators with the ability to gauge the remaining endurance and preemptively service the card if needed.

The new Western Digital surveillance-focused storage solutions come with firmware tweaks that make them a better fit for SMB / SME network video recorders (NVRs) and IP cameras, but, unfortunately they can fail just like any storage media. Then their owners will need to contact a reliable data recovery services provider to get their critical files back. ACE Data Recovery has extensive experience in recovering data from all types of hard drives and will gladly help owners of the WD Purple 18TB HDDs and the WD Purple 1TB microSD cards with all their data recovery needs.