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.
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 shits 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 shit. My 5 year old seagate drive loads shit 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?