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HUGE WALL LOL

Hmm, so they aren't 7200RPM drives at any point in time? Facepalm.
Well at least the seek times are really quick on an EARX.
Yeah, I notice that the WD20EARS I have experiences some random sluggish moments here and there. Must be the 11ms fluke.

Also, EARX revision fixed the 8 second head park problem, am I right?
I found that as a storage drive; the EARS is fine since it parks its head and it stays parked due to the lack of activity. But when I'm transferring a large amount of files or watching a BD rip, that's when I observe the increase in load/unload cycle counts shoots through the roof.
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WD FTW!!!

I also had them for like already 20 years (and also for builds for other people) really NEVER EVER 1 failed!!! (I mean it)

Had 4 Samsung Spinpoints 750GB for a RAID 0+1 --> 3 of them died... and are replaced by the same HDD. (Lucky I've had RAID 0+1...)

But then the one didn't died yet, died. Along with another 2 (so again 3 died) --> NEVER use Samsung again wink.gif

Friends of me had Maxtor's. DIED, bought WD, still using them...


I also believe that sometimes Brand A is good and B sucks, and the year later A suck and now B is good, but for WD... They ARE just good!
   
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Hmm, so they aren't 7200RPM drives at any point in time? Facepalm.
Not too my knowledge. It's false advertising... but justifiable because their seek times beat out many 7200RPM drives.
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Well at least the seek times are really quick on an EARX.
Yeah, I notice that the WD20EARS I have experiences some random sluggish moments here and there. Must be the 11ms fluke.
Actually, when I was testing with HDTune Pro, I noticed the EARS sometimes has seeks that take far longer.

hdtuneproahcirandomacce.png

450ms? What's going on there? (Note: Head parking disabled.)

Whatever caused it, that'd be a stutter if I were playing a game off that drive. tongue.gif
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Also, EARX revision fixed the 8 second head park problem, am I right?
I believe mine came with 8 second head parks... I had to manually disable/change it with WDIDLE3. I think on most going into my NAS I disabled it, and on one in my PC I set it at 30 seconds.
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I found that as a storage drive; the EARS is fine since it parks its head and it stays parked due to the lack of activity. But when I'm transferring a large amount of files or watching a BD rip, that's when I observe the increase in load/unload cycle counts shoots through the roof.
Your media player is probably buffering 10-15 seconds of video at a time. It's slowly widdling away at the drive by accident, one head park at a time...
Edited by Kramy - 6/16/12 at 3:35am
     
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Regards to my earlier post, yes 99$ at new egg did seem expensive to me. I'm just not used to you Americans shopping at NCIX now.

One thing you should know is that NCIX also has a price match system, so if you're buying a bunch of things you can save on shipping by ordering everything from NCIX price matched.

I would have to say that half of my drives are WD and the other half are Seagate, haven't had a problem with either. Only reason I recommended the 1tb per platter drive is because I've noticed that it is really fast as my steam games drive. I think I posted a benchmark somewhere in my pictures if you wana check it out.

EDIT: Found it.

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Really though, if you're looking for absolute reliability your best bet is to buy two drives and put them in raid 0. This way you have two copies of all you're data and you will be protected if one of the drive goes bad.
Edited by james_ant - 6/16/12 at 8:45am
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Really though, if you're looking for absolute reliability your best bet is to buy two drives and put them in raid 0. This way you have two copies of all you're data and you will be protected if one of the drive goes bad.

Euh no! That would be RAID 1 wink.gif (mirroring)

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
$119.99 -$20 off with promo code

going once
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
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going three times, do it its a great drive and you wont be sorry smile.gif
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guys, thanks for the input. i bought the 1tb black.

if you have any tips about how to make a hdd last longer share. i think i go through hdds more than the average person. most of them i got used or recertified...
be it defragging or putting them to sleep or putting them in external cases... i can't afford to lose my hard drives.. i think i've pretty much lost all my files i got this year on the 750-760 drive. but i have the back up on the 500GB drive which has all my vinyl rips that i would never get any where else.

i should've gotten the 2tb but i went with the 1tb. i went with the 1tb because i have plenty of hdds 750, 500, 320, 90 etc... that would hold up until ssds get cheaper and i think by then in a couple of years or so i'll get a 1tb ssd...
    
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Tweaks?

I generally turn off HDD sleeping. All my drives seem to be fine with that. It's in the control panel under Power Options, then advanced. (under whatever power plan)

Spinning up is hardest on the drive's motor, so if it can keep spinning, that probably wears it out the slowest. Many drives will go many 10,000's of hours if they don't have to keep spinning up and down all the time. There's one person here with a few nearing 50,000 hours.

I had a Raptor that made it to roughly 45,000. It probably would've lasted longer if I had kept it running, but I gave it a month-long break (powered down), and it was toast afterwards.
     
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Ah! I must find that setting to put off that anoying Spindown/spinup effect....(but I'm in Linux right now wink.gif --> and noob biggrin.gif )

Raptors Rock! They're just build to do heavy stuff! So that's your own fault Kramy wink.gif You should have kept feeding the Raptor (it's a Carnivor after all tongue.gif ) --> A month without food was meant to be starvation (read crash wink.gif )

But I know crashed HDD's suxxxx (right wink.gif )
   
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