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My 500Gb storage drives are now 5 years old, and my 1Tbs aren't that much younger.

I especially noticed with my primary backup 1Tb, the one that EVERYTHING gets copied to, opening access times are pretty slow. When I click on the drive in My Computer, it takes about 20 to 30 seconds for it to actually allow me into the drive. Once in, it runs normally and only slows down very occasionally, but in the same way.

Why?

(They're all caviar greens)
post #2 of 10
wd makes a hard drive cheaker for thare drive. if bad u mite get a replacement for them . but i think greens have only 3 year warranty. thats why i get blacks for 5 year warranty.
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It could be that the drives are being shut off because of a power saving feature in Win 7. Make sure under advanced power options it is set to never shut off the drives after a certain amount of time. I think Win 7 does this by default.
If they are asleep, then the drives will take a while to access because they have to spin up.

Other than that, HDTune has a smart test you could post up and get some feedback from the community.
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My caviar green 500gb did this a few months after owning it. I was pretty mad about it and havent used it much since. It very rapidly degraded into an unreliable and extremely slow SATA hdd.
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wd makes a hard drive cheaker for thare drive. if bad u mite get a replacement for them . but i think greens have only 3 year warranty. thats why i get blacks for 5 year warranty.
They're 5 years, I checked about a month ago. I've only got a month or two left on the oldest, so if they're dying, now's the time to have them replaced.

Also, where do I get that WD utility? Can't find it on their site.

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It could be that the drives are being shut off because of a power saving feature in Win 7. Make sure under advanced power options it is set to never shut off the drives after a certain amount of time. I think Win 7 does this by default.
If they are asleep, then the drives will take a while to access because they have to spin up.
Hard drives were set to power off after 20 minutes. Maybe that was it. I've cranked it up to two hours; we'll see.

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Other than that, HDTune has a smart test you could post up and get some feedback from the community.
Crystal Disk Info reports health on all drives as good, but no percentage given, except for my SSD; it says Good, 69%

HDTune reports warnings for both 1Tbs' 'Ultra DMA CRC Error count'; they're 46 on one and 73 on the other.

The SSD has the same warning, with 117,562.
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http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=608&lang=en
This should get you to the diagnostic
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http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=608&lang=en
This should get you to the diagnostic
All 8 Smart Status = Pass.
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Originally Posted by Wheezo View Post
It could be that the drives are being shut off because of a power saving feature in Win 7. Make sure under advanced power options it is set to never shut off the drives after a certain amount of time. I think Win 7 does this by default.
If they are asleep, then the drives will take a while to access because they have to spin up.
Looks like this was it. Just tried to access again, after increasing power off wait by 600%... results in fastest drive access I can remember.
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If a utility reports a drive health percentage, it's bull. There's no such thing.

Paste the full SMART data.
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Any way to quick copy/paste it rather than typing every single field out?
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