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4.0 out of 5 stars Good hard drive but some firmware issues, 26 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent hard drive as far as I can tell so far. I installed it in a new system as a data drive and I am using it to storing media for streaming over my home network. The packaging wasn't great but it doesn't appear to be damaged.

I have Acronis Disk Monitor installed and I noticed that the load/unload cycles were unusually high (2300) after just 52 hours of operation compared to the WD Black 500GB drive (30) that I use as a boot drive. I looked this up on the internet and apparently this is an intentional "feature" and Western Digital claim there is no correlation between HD failure and load/unload cycles. The WD Green drives are set to idle after just 8 seconds of inactivity which is what is creating such a large number of load/unload cycles while streaming media. You can use the wdidle3.exe program to disable or change the idle time to a maximum of 300 seconds which was what I did. There are a number of guides available freely on how to do this so I won't explain further. Synology recommend that you change the idle timer if you use one of these drives in their NAS devices and I imagine this applies to other NAS devices and people who use the drive to stream media.
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2015 00:02:06 GMT
The Green is really meant for offline storage. It shuts down to save energy (hence Green!). For streaming use the Black or Velociraptor. These stay spun up longer, but use more energy and generate more heat and noise. The Blue is a happy medium - I use all types in one system, along with SSD. All have their uses and in the right combination will give exactly what you want.

Posted on 15 Apr 2015 17:09:12 BDT
kangaroo says:
thanks @corroonb for your effort and for sharing!
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