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by zds
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

WDC WD10EACS C1 Load/Unload Cycle Count 0 195 195 17776 OK: sempre riuscito If the power-on time is correct (2013 hours ie. about 84 days), then the 18k loads/unloads sounds good. Would take almost 4 years at that speed to reach the 300k mark. Well, 4 years is still a bit short lifespan, but we are...
by zds
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Madshrimps - 120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared
Replies: 59
Views: 41672

First, thanks to jmke for the effort; lots of work must have gone to get that many fans reviewed. It comes as no surprise to me that Scythe SY1225SL12VBL scored high.. I run two of them in my woman's machine as she likes blue leds and they are very quiet for their speed at 7V. Nexus not scoring high...
by zds
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

I am in the process of ditching my rotten Seagate for a 2TB, but I want my system to run quiet and calm. Even if the 2TB has a workaround to this problem I'd like to stop my system accessing every ten seconds. This problem (with WD GP drives) was discussed on linux-kernel mailing list before this t...
by zds
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

I don't understand why is that drive stressed so extremely, the figure averages like 3 parks per min! I only store video files in it, just one local user and another user in the network accessing those files (quite frequently). This is one of the nasty things there: the 10EACS actually is *more* li...
by zds
Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

HD Tune: WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0 (09) Power On Hours Count 91 91 0 6713 Ok (C1) Load Cycle Count 1 1 0 1283735 Ok Been using it 24/7 for about 10 months, as my media files storage, on windows xp. I think my numbers are on the high side... What is the maximum recommended load/unload cycle of this drive ...
by zds
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

I would expect the typically tougher handling conditions for notebook drives to have more of an effect than load/unload counts. From what I know, for the people who travel with laptops the notebook drives die periodically, and there's no great fuss done about it, because, well, the conditions they ...
by zds
Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

it does seem a bit yucky of them to go out of their way and release an updated firmware for the RE2 GP versions of the drive, and not for the consumer-grade ones. Yup. This information, btw, is lacking from the recent SPCR article about these matters: http://www.silentpcreview.com/Terabyte_Drive_Fi...
by zds
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

trxman wrote:please, take a look on this topic:

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Unfortunately that trick does not work on Green Power:

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/dev/sdd:
 setting Advanced Power Management level to 0xfe (254)
 HDIO_DRIVE_CMD failed: Input/output error
by zds
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

zds, is that with an RE2 GP drive AFTER the firmware update? No, this is with the original firmware: Actually, could you elaborate a bit? If there is a firmware update to WD10EACS somewhere, I have no idea where it is. Can you please point me to it? The idle mode update listed on WD site does not c...
by zds
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

zds, is that with an RE2 GP drive AFTER the firmware update? No, this is with the original firmware: Device Model: WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0 Serial Number: WD-WCASJ1859462 Firmware Version: 01.01B01 Unfortunately the disk is in use in 24/7 server, so I have not had a chance to apply the firmware update y...
by zds
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

This is a bit worrysome. I turned the head parking completely off with wdlidle3.exe and still my heads unload at alarming rate: 21st Jan 20:23 193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 166 166 000 Old_age Always - 104280 28th Jan 13:31 193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 165 165 000 Old_age Always - 107744 That's around ...
by zds
Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

The ONLY sure way of telling whether the drive has the "issue" is to listen to it or otherwise measure vibration (either acoustic frequency or sub-audible vibration). The easiest and cheapest instrument to make the measurement would be your ears. This is sure, but it helps *only* when the drive is ...
by zds
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

hmm im still confused wether there is a problem or not and which models are effected well most importantly if my drive is effected (WD7500AACS) as I cant check its duty cycle because its in a USB enclosure and I've got no access to a desktop With current information the only way to be sure is to ta...
by zds
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

WD has officially responded to this issue, acknowledging that the 8 second unload timer can conflict with certain software, causing these unduly high spin-up counts. They recommend taking care of it on the software end (i.e. using and OS and applications that don't hit the hard drive every 10 secon...
by zds
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 30546

I didn't have any problems with DVI and 1440 x 900 output. Yeah, it is just a bug with the 1280x1024 resolution. Works fine at other resolutions. The 780G and none of the video cards I have had have trouble with it, but both 690G and 740G motherboads DVI output has. I trust you have tried with more...
by zds
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

This way or that way, I would not buy GP drives myself until this issue has been cleared by WD; any drive can fail, but it does not make sense to by a drive that's *known* to have issues. You're right, I'm going out to replace my WDs with Seagate 7200.11s right now :? Fortunately these two are not ...
by zds
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

As Mike mentioned before, there's been no evidence of the high load/unload cycle counts being the true values (are the raw values or the actual number, as watchtower pointed out). Furthermore, nobody has confirmed if the data provided by SMART does/should correspond to the specs in the datasheets. ...
by zds
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 30546

I've got the non-hdmi version of this board and like it. But, the onboard digital out is horrible. It works but I lose the signal frequently. the monitor shuts off for a second or 2 every few minutes. It's a common problem with these ,not sure if it's heat related... I decided to just use a pci-e c...
by zds
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

So... because a company doesn't allow Linux software to park the heads, that's a bad thing? Perhaps the Linux command might interfere with the normal operation of the drive - something that in turn could cause more headaches for WD. Negative. The command in question was instruction for the drive to...
by zds
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

Furthermore, there were several drives that had worked far beyond their "rated specs" according to the SMART data. There's also the fact that head "parking" has several stages involved. There are soft parks, hard parks, and stages inbetween. My guess is that the rated values on WD's website are for...
by zds
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

Auto-Response 12/13/2008 09:23 AM Question: How can I get support for my WD product in LINUX or UNIX? Answer: Western Digital technical support only provides jumper configuration (for EIDE hard drive) and physical installation support for hard drives used in systems running the Linux/Unix operating...
by zds
Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

I guess with 198 parks value i should think about using it? I think with 198 in 3 months you should be pretty safe, so I'd just monitor the situation. My current count is 88090, that's why I'm a bit worried: Situation November 8th: 193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 189 189 000 Old_age Always - 35865 Situ...
by zds
Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

So linux is harder on the GP than windows? So it seems. Apparently Linux tries to save the discs by buffering data and syncing it to discs every 10-15 seconds. Unfortunately this is enough time for the WD to park it's heads.. Here is pointer to discussion about the issue on Linux Kernel Mailing Lis...
by zds
Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 363888

Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?

As per SPCR recommendation and nice-sounding specs I and multiple of my friends have bought Western Digital Green Power drives in past half a year. Because the drive is particularly suited for media server applications, this is where the drives have seen their use. But, alas, within past month news ...
by zds
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 85633

I don't agree with MikeC and zds : If you have a RAID system, it's 2 drives minimum. Raid 0+1 is a 3 drives option ! You add an extra drive for datas, and here you are : 4 drives ! So you have a point with RAID 0, if you need you workstation very fast. But if you want a quiet solution, you do not w...
by zds
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Effi
Replies: 35
Views: 25645

The review comments the 3850 heat sink being copper.. is it really? In the photos it looks like painted aluminium to me. It's an way-too-common fake trick.. some manufacturers even glue the painted ALU pieces together, instead of soldering.
by zds
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 85633

Re: Not as impressed as everyone else

I don't know who "us" is, but I'd say a system with 4 HDDs is not modern at all; it's downright primitive. With the drive capacities we have now and so many options for external storage, why in the world would you load up so many noisemakers and heaters in one PC? I'm with Mike here. Especially now...
by zds
Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 30546

Actually, now i'm beginning to think that it's a memory issue. I'm getting crashes with and without a pci-e card. the nortbridge heatsink is quite warm. Warm is OK, as long as the heatsink stays below 55-60C it's not the overheating that's the problem. When in doubt with the memories, try a memory ...
by zds
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 30546

ceraf wrote:Thanks! Before I RMA it...if i add a pci-e video card, should it be causing any problems?
Adding a PCI-e video card should work just right, ie. the onboard one gets disabled and the external GPU is used.
by zds
Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 30546

I have the non-hdmi version of this motherboard. I'm having trouble with the onboard graphics. If i install the drivers from the cd provided, the video would eventually crash randomly on the desktop. I thought it was just a driver issue (garbled display upon crash), but i tried the new ati drivers ...