eocguy wrote:Not a statement to the value of the bundle price, but you need a Hard Drive installed if you want to view this system remotely i.e. on your phone, iPad or another computer.
ThunderThighs is correct..No, you do not need a hard drive to view remotely (at least on the other Zmodo dvr I purchased here a few weeks ago). You'd be limited to viewing live, real-time images of the neighbor's cat peeing on your daisies, or the weird looking cloud roll by, you just wouldn't have the ability to record any of it.
If getting / using your own drive, Zmodo recommends using a 24/7 rated HDD(eg. W-D AV series, Seagate Pipeline or SV35 series), as desktop rated drives might crap out on you prematurely due to the constant writing to disk. Keep in mind that it gets quite hot in the DVR, so choose something with a lower power profile, or even a 2.5" HDD rated for 24/7...smaller footprint, better airflow and less generated heat.
I can only wonder which HDD Zmodo bundles with these kits...is it an actual 24/7 enterprise rated drive or not?