Can I use a Seagate "Video" hard drive like normal?

I have on hand a Seagate ST3500414CS.  The label says "Video 3.5 HDD 500GB".  I think it came from a TiVo.  Can I partition it, format it, and use it like a normal drive, in a Win7 PC?  Or, is there something "special" about such drives that makes this a bad idea?  TIA
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They are somewhat different but should work properly as a generic drive.

There are some characteristics that make them better suited than a standard drive when used 24/7 and also for streaming.

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