Author Topic: Maximum Hard Drive Size & Brand  (Read 250 times)

Offline moodybluesman

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Maximum Hard Drive Size & Brand
« on: June 11, 2022, 07:56:02 PM »
There are a number of old posts on this forum about internal Hard Drives with some saying that 4TB is the max. I don't want a networked system, I just want to keep my Mede8er alive with an internal HDD, so I'm looking for updates / feedback from anyone who's been running their player with 8tb or larger hard drives over a long period.
To kick things off, I fitted a 6tb Western Digital white label HDD (pulled from a WD my book) 3 years ago, and it's filled to capacity with Audio - flac/MP3, & Movies / TV series - ISO + MKV. Over the last 3 years with almost daily use, no spin down, and the power switched off every night, it's been ultra-reliable, freezing only twice, less than my dell laptop. Perhaps newer drives are less demanding and run cooler allowing for more capacity capability?
I'm thinking of fitting a 8tb WD Red HDD which seems to be the best suited. Any info. on this would be greatly appreciated, if we can fit bigger hard drives, and use TV rename, we can keep these wonderful little devices going for a few more years. :)

Offline gibraltar

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Re: Maximum Hard Drive Size & Brand
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 10:41:15 AM »
I've been using a 8TB Western Digital Purple HDD for over 6 months without problems. Daily use and also turn off at night.
WD seems a reliable brand (at least for me). As for your WD Red hdd, I think it should work. Only question is do you really need speed on the disk (red series), or a more silent one? The Med does not seem to take any advantage of speed so I would opt for a more silent drive.
Do take into account that the MED is now an old device and you can reach the sata port power limits with hdds that have high rotation speeds (draws more power).

Offline moodybluesman

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Re: Maximum Hard Drive Size & Brand
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2022, 11:49:36 PM »
Thanks for the info. I did think about the speed, I think the older red drives are 5400 rpm. I didn't consider the purple drive because I thought they were designed for CCTV and to be left on all the time and wiped regularly which wouldn't suit our needs. I was just worried about damaging the player by overloading it as the recommendation when purchased was 4TB max. Anyway good to know it can be pushed to 8TB and possibly higher without it blowing up ;D, although not sure what the power limit is, is it determined by the rpm of the HDD and/or other factors?