Originally Posted by aaron1264
it's supposed to be optimized for video storage and playback blah blah blah. i'm in the market for another drive and i've been using my 640gb wd just fine for a little over a year on my wd hd tv player and it seems to look good except for a few panning and artifact issues... which i would most likely attribute to compression and/or the video card. would an "optimized for video playback" hdd change much you think? anyone tried this or read any real reviews on it?
I've used several regular 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB USB drives with my WDTV and WDTV Live and the only one that had any issues was a Seagate Freeagent 1.5TB USB drive which caused occasional brief pauses in the video. I know WD has sold some exteral drives specifically for video storage intended for use with a DVR. This is an application where the drive may be running 24/7 and it uses a more expensive 'server' class drive. However, with the WDTV you will normally only be running the drive when actually using the WDTV so a regular consumer PC class of drive should be sufficient. Since I use my WDTV (Live) for HD video, anything under 1TB is too small to be very useful.