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

29 Apr 2011   #31
Stormkitty

7x64 SP1
 
 

Despite what the site says RE: applicable hard drives, it seems the utility will work on ANY recent Western Digital product, as it applied the change to my 2TB Caviar Black even though it wasn't part of the list.


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30 Apr 2011   #32
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

I have two of the WD20EARS and the first thing I did was to turn off the head parking. The thing is though I had to boot using only 4GB of ram, it seems that having more than that caused the utility to hang.
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01 May 2011   #33
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have a recent WD10EADS as a USB external backup drive.
33 Power on hours, load/unload cycle count 281. Guess I probably need to do the fix! BUT

I'm not sure if the DOS wdidle3.exe can or should be applied to external USB connected HDDs containing WD10EADS.

Has anyone looked at this?
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01 May 2011   #34
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

and to think I was strongly considering getting a WD Green for my next build... :S
Looks like it's back to Seagate for me then :/
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01 May 2011   #35
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Funny I am really happy with my WD10EAVS Its only used for backups so it hasn't run much but it runs ok
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01 May 2011   #36
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

For me, this actually has me leaning 'toward' WD for a drive, not away. I don't think anyone considering a WD drive should necessarily walk away from it. There's no reason to think it won't be fixed, research it and either avoid the affected drive, or simply apply this update.

This is really only an issue for a somewhat aged to just old drive. Any new purchase isn't an issue, other than applying the update.
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01 May 2011   #37
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I have a recent WD10EADS as a USB external backup drive.
33 Power on hours, load/unload cycle count 281. Guess I probably need to do the fix! BUT

I'm not sure if the DOS wdidle3.exe can or should be applied to external USB connected HDDs containing WD10EADS.

Has anyone looked at this?
BUMP

I'd put it in Performance & Maintenance but for the necessary preamble.
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01 May 2011   #38
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I have a recent WD10EADS as a USB external backup drive.
33 Power on hours, load/unload cycle count 281. Guess I probably need to do the fix! BUT

I'm not sure if the DOS wdidle3.exe can or should be applied to external USB connected HDDs containing WD10EADS.

Has anyone looked at this?
BUMP

I'd put it in Performance & Maintenance but for the necessary preamble.
MJF:

Off the top of my head, I think the critical factor is the absolute number of load cycles.

It looks like you simply don't power on that external very often---which keeps the load cycle count down. Which is good.

I have over 21,000 load cycles with no issues. My drive is internal and on all the time (over 7000 hours in 18 months).

I don't think you have anything to worry about. Far from it. Your load cycle count is very low and growing very slowly.
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01 May 2011   #39
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Off the top of my head, I think the critical factor is the absolute number of load cycles.

It looks like you simply don't power on that external very often---which keeps the load cycle count down. Which is good.

I have over 21,000 load cycles with no issues. My drive is internal and on all the time (over 7000 hours in 18 months).

I don't think you have anything to worry about. Far from it. Your load cycle count is very low and growing very slowly.
thanks Ignatzatsonic,
you're probably right and I'm just making work for myself.
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01 May 2011   #40
s31

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
and to think I was strongly considering getting a WD Green for my next build... :S
Looks like it's back to Seagate for me then :/
there is no problem..

Quote:
All the Western Digital Caviar Green HDDs that are shipping now are set to park their heads after 8 seconds of inactivity, so this fix is required if such problems are encountered.
WD Caviar Green HDDs Suffer from a Critical Design Flaw - Softpedia
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