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

01 May 2011   #41
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I got a WDC3200AAKS-00L9A0 Caviar Blue, and I think it's crap, IF it turns out THAT's what's causing a strange, low rumbling sound like a frikken engine every so often.

By the way, is 37 degrees (C) normal HDD temperature?


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01 May 2011   #42
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Personal views:
For me I would consider 37C a good temperature.
I have a mix of WDs & Seagates + 1 Hitachi. Their temps vary by Brand but mainly by:
1) Disk access/load
2) Ambient temp
3) Cooling
Check manufacturer for maximum operating temp. Many rate to 60C.
I would not be happy with a consistent 50C+

If your HDD is making a loud noise and firmly attached with mounting screws then I'd return it if still under warranty.
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01 May 2011   #43
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I doubt it, stores over here sell HDDs like cheese. You buy it, you get stuck with it.
Thanks for the info, though.
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02 May 2011   #44
Alllant

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Have WD 5000aads 00s9bo 500gb ata drive is this a problem disk drive ??

Also is this causing my "not responding" problem which happens all the time and the disk light stays on until I either hit the magic button or it eventually corrects itself ???

Help !!!!
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02 May 2011   #45
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s31 View Post
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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
still sounds a bit risky :S
I've had 3 HDDs die on me (admittedly none were WD, they were all Hitachi). All Seagates i've had have had a major failure once, but then work fine after fixing it
Are WD drives (ignoring this fault then, such as ignoring the Sandy Bridge flaw) as good as Seagates? I want something that runs spretty quietly, and WD say the green is quiet, but how quiet?
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02 May 2011   #46
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post

still sounds a bit risky :S
I've had 3 HDDs die on me (admittedly none were WD, they were all Hitachi). All Seagates i've had have had a major failure once, but then work fine after fixing it
Are WD drives (ignoring this fault then, such as ignoring the Sandy Bridge flaw) as good as Seagates? I want something that runs spretty quietly, and WD say the green is quiet, but how quiet?
The current generation of WD drives has a good reputation, probably better than Seagate. Samsungs also have a good reputation. Any brand can fail and you can easily find horror stories about any of them.

The major source of noise in a PC is more likely fans than drives. I have a WD green drive and a WD black and both are quiet enough to suit me and I appreciate low noise drives.

Anything with moving parts makes noise to some degree. Only SSDs are silent.

The best way to quiet your PC generally is to use low noise fans in a case known to suppress noise to begin with. That's much easier than trying to silence a noisy case with noisy fans.
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02 May 2011   #47
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
OH

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
I got a WDC3200AAKS-00L9A0 Caviar Blue, and I think it's crap, IF it turns out THAT's what's causing a strange, low rumbling sound like a frikken engine every so often.

By the way, is 37 degrees (C) normal HDD temperature?
I was thinking getting Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX as a second drive for my build now I'm wondering if I should go another brnd as I've had a few rtabag WD externals.

Am after a 6Gbs so any alternatives?

As an afterthought someone mentioned noise - have a Samsung Spinpoint 103HJ which I was told was quite but it sounds like someone running their fingenails along the botom of the case when in use - normal??
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03 May 2011   #48
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

The current generation of WD drives has a good reputation, probably better than Seagate. Samsungs also have a good reputation. Any brand can fail and you can easily find horror stories about any of them.

The major source of noise in a PC is more likely fans than drives. I have a WD green drive and a WD black and both are quiet enough to suit me and I appreciate low noise drives.

Anything with moving parts makes noise to some degree. Only SSDs are silent.

The best way to quiet your PC generally is to use low noise fans in a case known to suppress noise to begin with. That's much easier than trying to silence a noisy case with noisy fans.
Thankyou for your knowledge from experience
The 200GB Hitachi I had in my build that died was incredibly noisy. The much older 80GB drive was much quieter. I'm tallking about a noise that was even louder than the ten year old PSU
Noises like *wrrrrrTTTTTTTTT* *DRRRRRRRTTTTTT* *KAKLUNK* *DRRRTT* * KAKLUNK* *BANG* (yes, seriously, there was a loud bang like noise once)
Is the clicking from your drive's audible/barely audible?
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03 May 2011   #49
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Hiyya

Hiyya biggles (expat Sussex here) if you were referring to me with -
Is the clicking from your drive's audible/barely audible? Then yes mate it is the Samsung was recommended for the build as it was good and quiet.

Plus I have six fans running - Nexus "Real Silents" and the drive is way louder than all put together including the PSU one (Corsair HX 650).

So am thinking of fitting a Seagate Barracuda 500GB ST3500413AS as it is quoted to have improved audio characteristics and it's 6bs transfer rate to boot (no pun intended but hey what the heck) at AUD$49 if it is only slightly less noisy I'm ahead..
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03 May 2011   #50
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
I got a WDC3200AAKS-00L9A0 Caviar Blue, and I think it's crap, IF it turns out THAT's what's causing a strange, low rumbling sound like a frikken engine every so often.

By the way, is 37 degrees (C) normal HDD temperature?
I was thinking getting Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX as a second drive for my build now I'm wondering if I should go another brnd as I've had a few rtabag WD externals.

Am after a 6Gbs so any alternatives?

As an afterthought someone mentioned noise - have a Samsung Spinpoint 103HJ which I was told was quite but it sounds like someone running their fingenails along the botom of the case when in use - normal??
Why are you after a 6Gb/s (600MB/s link speed) Hard drive? The only device that can take advantage of the 6Gb/s are Solid state drives. Hard drives can't even hit the 3 Gb/s (300 MB/s link speed). The best 7200 RPM hard drives can do about 120 MB/s tops. Even the 10,000 RPM velociraptor can only do 145 MB/s tops. Hard drive transfer rates are limited by their rotation speed which is much less than the SATA link speed. IOW you won't see any performance gain with a 6Gb/s drive over a 3Gb/s.
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