Hard drives: Western Digital also got problems
There is a new firmware for Western Digital's Green Power hard drives that is supposed to solve problems related to the combination of energy saving mode and certain programs.
Western Digital's hard drives of the Green Power series have a feature similar to hard drives of notebooks. The Read/Write heads are run on energy saving mode if there hasn't been an activity for about eight seconds.
But certain applications like Speedfan or several Linux distributions access the hard drive in regular patterns - sometimes in a 10 seconds rhythm - and thus unnecessarily use the hard drive. A possible option to work around the problem would be not to use such software, but this definitely ins't practical.
Therefore Western Digital developed a new firmware for the models WD1000FYPS-01ZKB0, WD7500AYPS-01ZKB0 and WD7501AYPS-01ZKB0 that extends the timeframe from eight seconds up to five minutes. Alternatively the saving feature can be deactivated. Western Digital provides the required tool. As [url=]Silentpcreview[/url] reports the affected hard drives can be recognized by a high "load/unload cycle” via SMART. Some Green Power hard drives are supposed to have exceeded their specified 300,000 cycles in less than a year.
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