It has come to our attention that Western Digital's Caviar Green HDDs suffer from a critical design flaw caused by an aggressive power-saving feature. Western Digital has developed a new technology called Intellipark (aka Idle 3 mode) and it is designed to reduce power consumption, in part by positioning the HDD's heads in a park position and turning off unnecessary electronics after 8 seconds of inactivity.
Read more: http://www.ngohq.com/news/19805-critical-design-flaw-found-in-wd-caviar-green-hdds.html#ixzz1MRydUuqR
Not sure if this has been posted but will do anyways just in case. I'm sure there are a few users who use WD HDDs.
I have two greens and a black and they all have start/stops under a 100 after a year of use on Windows 7 x64 so no prob here, wonder what OS they are referring too.
Interesting. I have two of those drives in my NAS but haven't noticed any problem either.
Had a 1TB & 2TB WD Green die in the past 12 months.. wonder if it's related.
Good thing I don't have any Green drives in this current system, and none in my new one i'm picking up today.
Damn I have heaps of these WD Green drives. They're the cheap one.
that might explain why so many of my portables have died a clicking death,
Just stay away from most of the WD and Seagate 1TB and 2TB models and you'll be fine. They really lost the plot over the last few years - really s**** me off that they can get away with selling such unreliable drives for so long. 20% failure rates for most of their drives is just unacceptable.
Samsung, which has been selling some of the most reliable drives in comparison recently got their HDD division bought by Seagate, so you can rely on their drives going downhill soon too. *angry face*
My 1TB USB drive makes a weird noise & gets REALLY hot even when it's sitting idle. I reckon this is what the problem is.
The 2 green drives in my NAS don't make much noise though
In other news, I got a WD black for my main PC and it's a piece of s***. My 5 year old seagate drive loads s*** twice as fast. I remember years ago having a WD & seagate drive of the same era and the WD drive was way faster, what the hell has happened to WD?
My friend bought one of those. It lasted him 2 months and died. Lost all data.
1) This is not a design flaw
2) This is old old old news
3) Go to 1)