The sluggish economy has affected a lot of business owners here in Southern California and some have taken to the do-it-yourself (DIY) mentality hoping to save a buck. In my line of work, “hope” is not a very good business policy especially when it comes to video storage and archives. One of our clients recently had a hard drive failure on his older analog surveillance system. Being a handy guy, he took a trip down to Fry’s Electronics and picked himself up a couple of hard drives for next to nothing. A couple of months later he called and informed us that his system was destroying the digital drives he installed and that the defective system needed to replaced. We soon learned that he had replaced the drive twice and each time it had failed within a month of service. As I started asking questions, I found out he was buying standard hard drives used for computer media.
I told him a basic desktop computer hard drive is not designed to work non-stop 24 hours a day,seven days a week without a break like the ones we use for video storage. Not only are they always working, they are noisy and generate a lot of heat and belong in a nice cool server room. So don’t ever try to put a surveillance recorder next to your bed Mr. Smoklin, it will drive your wife up the wall! Click click click click click click click click click click.
Why Our Hard Drives Are So Important
I also told him that these although these drives are a bigger investment, his valuable data was worth it. We sent a tech out there the next day and replaced it with a Seagate Enterprise Hard Drive and he has had no other problems since. Electronic Eye Security is committed to using the very best when it comes to your surveillance system and we know all too well that if a DVR/NVR is going to fail, it is most likely going to be the digital drive. We also use technology that notifies you by text or email upon failure. So say goodbye to the weakest link when using a Genius Surveillance system.