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HDD Load Cycle Count

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I have a 1TB WD Blue 5400RPM drive for downloading and storage files but after 128 hours of power on time, the drive has 832 load cycle counts which is quite high and I heard using a tool called wdidle3 to change the head parking timer will fix this but for my use, how long should I set the timer for?

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You've just come up with a very nice thread. This is indeed what kills consumer drives like the greens..

Maybe an app that pings your hard drive every now and then?


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  1. Here is a good thread on SE.
  2. Here is the WD utility that allows you to set this as a cmd line param.
  3. Here is an open source app that will keep the hdd polled. Its up to you, though, to figure out how soon the hdd parks. I'd rather use option #2
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