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Does the WD20EARX have the 8 second head parking issue? It's not listed on the wdidle3 support list.

I wanted to run wdidle3.exe /R to check, but the drive is in a WD external enclosure and wdidle3 won't recognise it. The enclosure is a screwless push-together type, and there is no way to disassemble it without a certain degree of damage to the casing. Also, I do not wish to void the warranty.

But I'm not even sure if it needs wdidle anyway... Can someone help?

Here are the SMART stats according to HD Tune:


Load Cycle Count is the relevant one, right? The drive has been used with a Freeview PVR up until now. Does it look normal?
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970 LCC with 370 power on hours? I wouldn't worry about it. Your workload/usage isn't triggering head parks all that often. The drives are rated for 600,000+ LCC, and somehow I doubt it will reach that before it dies. If it continues at the current rate, it'll hit 600,000 around 200,000 hours of age (23 years), and I foresee something killing it before then. wink.gif

I got a new Seagate 3TB just recently - 900 LCC in the first 12 hours... luckily it's slowed down since then. Only 1100 in the first 72 hours... but still, it's significantly higher than I expected.
     
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970 LCC with 370 power on hours? I wouldn't worry about it. Your workload/usage isn't triggering head parks all that often. The drives are rated for 600,000+ LCC, and somehow I doubt it will reach that before it dies. If it continues at the current rate, it'll hit 600,000 around 200,000 hours of age (23 years), and I foresee something killing it before then. wink.gif
I got a new Seagate 3TB just recently - 900 LCC in the first 12 hours... luckily it's slowed down since then. Only 1100 in the first 72 hours... but still, it's significantly higher than I expected.

The workload is about to change though, as I'm going to have this drive connected to computers (still external) instead of the PVR.

Before you posted I was performing the tedious operation of opening the enclosure without leaving any marks. I was successful, and I verified that the drive was set to 8 seconds. I changed it to 300 seconds with wdidle. Should I leave it like that of change it back? I don't care about supposed power saving, only longevity.
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Leave it at 300 seconds. smile.gif It's been changed now, so enjoy your extra longevity. thumb.gif
     
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Leave it at 300 seconds. smile.gif It's been changed now, so enjoy your extra longevity. thumb.gif

Thanks for your help.
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