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Windows 7: WD Caviar Green HDDs Suffer from a Critical Design Flaw


20 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
WD Caviar Green HDDs Suffer from a Critical Design Flaw

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It has been recently discovered that Western Digital's line of Caviar Green hard disk drives, one of the company's most popular HDD ranges, is suffering from a critical design flaw which can cause the drives to behave abnormally, and could even lead to performance losses and a shorter HDD lifespan.
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20 Apr 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Only came to their attention because WD finally admitted to it. Been an ongoing discussion about it over here,

SPCR • View topic - Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?

for close to 2 1/2 years.
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20 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Only came to their attention because WD finally admitted to it. Been an ongoing discussion about it over here,

SPCR • View topic - Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?

for close to 2 1/2 years.

What Western Digital waited to admit that after all this time... everyone ignored the problem and live their lives?
Thank you for the valuable extra!
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20 Apr 2011   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Great...everybody keeps saying what good drives that WDC has, but I keep getting lemons. My WDC Green is in an external case, connected via a SI eSATA card. It wasn't clear to me how to run this fix, because the drive doesn't directly connect to the MB, thus the SATA/IDE isn't controlled by the BIOS.
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20 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I still say they're good drives (Caviar Blacks) just stay away from the greens
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20 Apr 2011   #6

7x64 SP1
 
 

I've never had a single issue with the Greens and indeed they don't seem to have very inflated Load counts for me, but I set it to 300 seconds anyways. Also, for those who say the Blacks don't have this feature: wdidle3 detected and changed the park timer on my 2TB Caviar Black from 12 seconds (the apparent default).
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21 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Phew... my two WD10EVDS are spared!
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21 Apr 2011   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I still say they're good drives (Caviar Blacks) just stay away from the greens
I have 3 black FAEX lemons that say otherwise.
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21 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Glad I don't buy WD anymore.
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21 Apr 2011   #10

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I still say they're good drives (Caviar Blacks) just stay away from the greens
I have 3 black FAEX lemons that say otherwise.
Our black drives, and come to think of it, the green ones, don't appear to have given us any grief (yet).

Weird how different folk have different experiences with them.
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