Western Digital offers a line of 2.5” drives made specifically for HTPCs, PVRs, surveillance video and digital signs. These drives use a 3 Gb/s interface, 32 MB cache and range in size from 160GB to 500GB. If you are looking for a 2.5” drive for your HTPC then the WD AV-25 line is for you.
Western Digital WD AV-25 Hard Drives
The AV-25 drives are cool, quiet and draw less than 2 WATTS during operation! They also sport a whopping 1 million hours MTBF!
WD AV-25 Specifications
The AV-25 series has some very respectable specs for a 2.5” drive. This drive would be a great addition to a small form factor HTPC. These drives have the same latency as Scorpio Black drives and twice the cache!
Purchase and Warranty
The drives come with a long warranty period.
I bought my 500GB WD AV-25 from Newegg for $60. My specific model is:
.Newegg sells four different models so check them out!
Drive Installation / Replacement
The WD AV-25 drive is just like any other 2.5” drive. Four screws and two cable connections was all it took to replace the drive in my HTPC. I use mine as the video drive where my WMC stores all of the recorded shows before it moves them to my WHS.
The drive acoustics are less than 25 dB but I still mounted mine with rubber grommets to the metal case. Your drive may be quiet but the vibrations on the case can ruin the quietness of your HTPC.
Check out these drives next time you are going to perform an upgrade or build a new HTPC.
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