[Slackbuilds-users] lists.slackbuilds.org hardware problem

Chris chris at teria.org
Fri Jun 21 16:13:30 UTC 2013

WD Green drives are subject to aggressive head parking ... This is sadly a well known issue :/ Eventually in a RAID environment, it destroys the drives ... I lost myself one of these drives.
Everything is exaplained here :

The solution is to disable the Idle3 functionality of these drives. Official WD tool to do this is a DOS floppy disk (yeah ...). Fortunately some people released an unofficial tool which works like a charm under Slackware e.g.

On Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:46:24 -0500
Robby Workman <rworkman at slackbuilds.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:34:23 -0700
> King Beowulf <kingbeowulf at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I've never had much luck with the WD "green" drives.  The blue and
> > black consumer level drives seem ok (got 2 blues 500 GB at 5 and 3 yrs
> > old still error free).  However, since I have a bunch of family
> > digital pics, home movies that I don't want to risk loosing, I'm
> > looking at the WD RE4 series enterprise class. A bit pricey but specs
> > look impressive.
> As it often seems with hardware, you get what you pay for, eh?  :-)
> -RW
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