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

W. D. Milner slackware at caisteal.net
Fri Jun 21 23:19:42 UTC 2013

On 06/21/2013 01:13 PM, Chris wrote:
> 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 :
> http://koitsu.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/wd30ezrx-and-aggressive-head-parking/
> 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.
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/idle3-tools/

The solution is to use appropriate drives for the purpose. There are 
reasons some drives are specified for RAID/enterprise use. Yes they cost 
more, but they are also far more reliable and longer lasting than 
desktop drives used in the same environment.

W. D. Milner (a.k.a. NyteOwl)

Slackware Documentation Project - Editor
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