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Windows 7: WD Caviar Black HDD not performing right


22 Aug 2013   #1

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WD Caviar Black HDD not performing right

Hi i had a thread about this before but never seemed to identify the problem.

Basically i had a WDC 750GB drive that started failing and got it replaced by an identical one. the symptoms were it getting noisy and slower.

Anyway the new drive that came was tested fine by several programs but it had symptoms pretty much the same as my failing drive.

Ive had 3 replacements of the same drive and they are all the same, noisy and slow under load, specially straight after logon. (There is no bloatware or anything stupid running at startup only speedfan and Antivirus)

I found this thread here New WD Caviar Black 1TB poor performance? [Solved] - Hard Drives - Storage

I downloaded HDtune and ran the benchmark and my results are almost identical with a really low minimum transfer rate (1.6MB/s) which is attached.

They were talking about installing Intel storage drivers but im a little confused with this as my build is AMD and the downloads section of my motherboard doesnt provide any Sata drivers that i can see.

Any advice here please?
Thanks



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22 Aug 2013   #2

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I should also mention that i can hear the HDD over pretty much anything with my fans at 100% too.

It felt abnormal but with having 3 drives sent that do the same thing im not so sure anymore.
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22 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Sounds like you need to switch to a different drive than the WDC 750GB since 3 of them have all had the same problem. See if they will allow you to upgrade to a 1TB drive or two 500GB drives??????
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22 Aug 2013   #4

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

Also, WD HDD's tend to crash alot, youre better off with a company like Toshiba or Seagate, look up reviews about a harddrive you might want, make sure it doesn't have a history of crashing
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22 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I have 10 WD Caviar black 750GB drives running in various computers and have never had an issue with that drive or any other WD drives for that matter.

Can you test the drive on another computer?
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22 Aug 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've had only one WD crash and it was a 1.5TB Green a computer shop that should have known better used to install XP on (WD Greens don't do well as boot drives, partially because of the head parking issue the earlier ones had). The Black (which was what should have been installed to begin with) that replaced the Green held up fine and is now in my Win 7 machine, chugging right along without so much as a whimper.

On the flip side, I have had two Seagates die on me; until recently, they were the only Seagates I had ever owned.

@ OP. Have you tried replacing the SATA cable (they have been known to go bad)? Also, how are the voltages coming off your PSU?
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23 Aug 2013   #7

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fezbombmatt
I should also mention that i can hear the HDD over pretty much anything with my fans at 100% too.
I wouldn't pay too much attention to the noise from a Caviar Black. I have one in each of my rigs, my backup rig has a 2TB as the OS drive and it never shuts up grumbling, and when it's installing something it's very loud. In my main rig I have a 2TB for my Steam and Origin installs as well as games, and while it's a lot quieter (my OS is on an SSD) it still grumbles when using programs installed on that drive.
In short Caviar Blacks are very noisy drives.
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23 Aug 2013   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
...In short Caviar Blacks are very noisy drives.
Whatever you do, don't tell my Blacks. Apparently, they didn't get the memo.
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23 Aug 2013   #9

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
...In short Caviar Blacks are very noisy drives.
Whatever you do, don't tell my Blacks. Apparently, they didn't get the memo.
Both if mine grumble and moan more than my wife! But while it looks like not all of them are noisy it's not uncommon and I wouldn't think it anything to worry about.
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23 Aug 2013   #10

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When you say test in another PC will it be fine to just plug in as another drive for access then test copying to and from or actually boot from it?

I will replace the Sata cable now see if it helps.
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