What type of hard drive do I need for my surveillance system?
Because a surveillance system runs intensive management software, and has to store large amounts of data, the hard drives you choose for your surveillance system are very important. While you cannot eliminate the chances of a hardware malfunction or failure, selecting hardware designed for professional video surveillance applications is your best option for the best system performance.
Traditional hard drives have spinning discs, while a solid state drive (SSD) uses different technology to remove the spinning parts. Because it has no moving parts, a SSD is believed to last longer; this is still relatively new technology, however, and has not been extensively tested in video surveillance systems.
Whichever style you choose, always look for professional-level hard drives. Some manufacturers will also have "surveillance-grade" or "server-rated" hard drives.
How much HHD space do you need? That depends on your system and how long you want to store data. It is always best to have too much space versus too little, so you won't lose important video files due to a lack of space. Speak with surveillance specialists with experience designing systems and can walk you through the decision process.
One thing we highly recommend for professional surveillance systems is a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) setup. This will help prevent the loss of important data if part of your system fails.
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