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|02-08-2013 01:00 PM|
|gamerdude72||Fail thread OP. The coupon code is invalid.|
|01-13-2013 06:57 PM|
|faizoff||I plugged my drive to my SATA III port and now it works just fine. Glad that worked out.|
|01-13-2013 12:45 PM|
|dsides||Man, what is the deal with hard drive prices. I bought a 2TB Hitachi a year and a half ago for $59.99 shipped.|
|01-13-2013 12:27 PM|
So I'm having weird issues with this 2 TB WD Green drive. It may be my ports or cables or something. When connecting this drive via USB files copy and transfer just fine no hiccups, just a slower speed. But connecting it to a SATA II port makes it go wonky, freezes the computer every min for about 5 secs. Going to try out all the ports and see. From what I've read so far my drive already has intellipark disabled.
Will experiment more.
|01-10-2013 08:34 AM|
|polyphenus||Buy at your own risk. I had a Green 2TB go wonky on me with very little use. I'm talking maybe a couple of hours of use, total.|
|01-10-2013 08:31 AM|
This is my understanding at least.
|01-10-2013 08:08 AM|
|godsfshrmn||Is power saving the only reason to enable head parking or does it affect the life span as well?|
|01-10-2013 07:55 AM|
Also there is no easy way to turn off the parking. Its one of the most annoying things any HDD mfg can make.
|01-10-2013 07:44 AM|
From what I read most reliability concerns come from the contant head parking which wears out the drive.
The head parking can be turned from 7 seconds to 200 seconds (i think its 200) with a little work. If you are mildly tech savy there are multiple articles detailing the procedure. (It took me about 5 minutes)
Heres a link to intstructions about how to fix it:
|01-10-2013 07:31 AM|
Ya, as drive capacity has been increasing failure rates have been as well.
Back in college I co-oped with a company that build rugged storage products. I spent 2 of my rotations in the disk group working with harddrives and the results from some of the tests would have made anyone with high value data think twice about using some of these drives. Granted, this was during the period when 1TB was HUGE and SSDs were just hitting the market as CF cards mated to an IDE interface (those early SSDs were some of the least reliable devices we had ever tested...) Back then the Samsung and Hitachi drives were the most reliable (averaged across 3.5 and 2.5 drives).
Typically we saw better results with drives with fewer platters, everything else being roughly equal.
|01-10-2013 07:08 AM|
|theGr81||been looking for a 2TB drive but the feedback is kinda scary|
|01-10-2013 07:03 AM|
|asaberan||Amazon often has the Seagate 2TB drive (ST2000DM001) for $89.99. That's a 7200 RPM drive and apparently doesn't suffer from this "Intellipark" nonsense. That said, it has it's own set of issues as well (some are 2 platter, some are 3 platter and questionable quality control) due to the Thailand floods.|
|01-09-2013 11:23 PM|
This WD support article indicates that this affects SATA II drives, but makes no mention of SATA III drives.
This post (reply #5) seems to indicate that it doesn't affect drives newer than the EARS SATA II series.
On the other hand, this blog posting would imply that this problem is still applicable to the newer drives.
Regardless, it would probably be prudent to monitor the SMART attribute 193 and be willing to apply the WDIdle3 fix if the drive seems to be parking too frequently--or just apply the fix prophylatically.
|01-09-2013 10:35 PM|
|bigmace||Why are so many people bashing green drives. Obviously you don't want to use these as an OS drive. Thats what SSDs are for nowdays. But I have 4x 1tb and 2x 2tb wd green drives in my htpc. All but one passed there 3 year warranty and all running strong.|
|01-09-2013 10:29 PM|
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