Thank you VERY MUCH for the hard disk advice yesterday !

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By Oliver (AKA the Admin) on 10 comments
in Categories: Just Talking

This post is a follow-up to yesterday’s help request with hard disks, simply :)

It’s not sorted well, cluttered as a non-defragmented FAT32 disk of the win3.1 era (has anyone else spend days and days trying to fix stuff with PC Tools and Norton Commander ?), but I don’t have time to write all of it better ;)

I also want to apologize I have so little time to answer the comments you’re leaving, guys. I do read the comments, but, answering to them individually (or, quite often, finding something worthy as a reply, instead of an embarrassed “errr, cough, thank you !”), I frequently lack the time for this T__T

I took all of these forms of advice very seriously, and more tests will be made regarding the first issue (why is it slow when I download stuff to this fucking hard disk ?!? I tested more varied forms of downloading, besides the SFTP that caused issues previously with remote syncing of folders, I found that downloading from file lockers like depositfiles or uploaded causes the same issue).

I think my choice is already taken, though, I’m very strongly inclined to going to the cheapest route, WD 3 TB Caviar Green : my practice is already to have everything mirrored (no Raid, no NAS, folder copies by hand and with SyncBack, it’s been years my rule is that no hard drive may contain important data that’s not having a fresh copy on another drive), so more expensive routes like the Blue and Black models would lose part of their interest (plus, the cost, the cost, oh my god T_T).

Tomorrow, I’m deactivating this fucking disk autosleep feature (I always hated it as the PC occasionally hung up until the disks would finally get started, but I didn’t know it had a name, much less that it could be turned off), and doing more testing for the slow 3TB drive issue. I’m afraid, what if it also affects the future new disk I’ll buy !
Also, huge thanks for the “NOT!” warning against the WD Red 3TB models, without the newegg comments reference, I would have probably chosen one of these.

With that said, once again, sorry I so rarely have time to respond to individual comments.
You guys ROCK, be well, everyone ! :)

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wazzaby
wazzaby
9 years ago

ALWAYS dissable autosleep.. that crap is a silent hdd killer.

Tree For Two
Tree For Two
9 years ago

The WD Green is equally as terrible as the WD Red, and the 3TB version has issues with DOA drives. You should really just go with a Seagate Barracuda, or ideally a hitachi, at this price point.

Keep in mind your system disk needs to be partitioned in GPT, your system needs to boot in UEFI and the 3TB disk needs to be partitioned in GPT too(instead of the old MBR). That last thing you can do when you install the drive, but you need to do the first things on a new win7 or higher install if they aren't already. You can see how to check this using google. If that isn't true, you'll only be able to see 762GB of the drive, because legacy BIOS and MBR limits it to 2GB and the drive chooses to show everything past that(for reasons unknown)

LonesomeAdmin
LonesomeAdmin
9 years ago

Oliver wrote:

“I’m afraid, what if it also affects the future new disk I’ll buy !”

Well, I left you a comment with 4 rather simple question in the other thread you didn’t answer (at least I don’t see any replies coming from you at all – other than this frontpage post).

Apart from knowing the read/write speeds you get on your LOCAL network from Computer Computer it would also be interesting what kind of speed you get when copying a file from/to the “slow drive” right there on your Computer.

As an example: I have a 3TB WD30EZRX, which is already a few years old. The drive is connected to the onboard SATA-3 controller and giving me up to ~122130MB/s write speed by copying a large (2GB+) test file over the local network (Gigabit link between both boxes) – normal Windows Share, no fancy-pants scp’ing. Copying the same test file on the same Computer from a WD15EADS to the WD30EADS tops out at 170190MB/s write speed. Both systems are running up-to-date Windows 7.

Anyway – get back my post in the other post of yours and answer the 4 questions so we can look into the issue.

By the way Oliver, you happen to have a IRC channel for more convenient comms? Using comments for a chat sucks tentacle balls.

Oliver AKA The Admin
Admin
9 years ago
Reply to  LonesomeAdmin

yeah cause I wrote I didn't have enough time but I would do the tests later –

keywords
"enough time"
"later"

"Anon"
"Anon"
9 years ago

But reading your posts takes TIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…

Anyways, here, this should help prevent problems in the future (or catch them before the get worse)

After working at a computer place over the summer the previous year, I picked up a few utilities on their 'working flash drives' (basically, stuff that they kept portable because they used it ALL THE FECKING TIME), one of which is a wonderful program called AIDA.

I am commencing an upload to media[flame] for you, because I know (from what you've said) you'll be able to use it.

It's double-archived, to get past their copy-detect stuff.

Basically, open it up, click on the little icon that says 'storage', then click on 'SMART', and you'll be able to read all the drives you have that have SMART on them. Yes, it's a full version, yes, it's free, no, it's not a crack/hack/[insert-anything-illegal-here], and no, I wouldn't try updating it.

Also, you can put it on a flash drive, and it'll still run fine (fair warning — it requires Admin rights, though)

(15 mb, tiny program, less than 30 mb when unzipped)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/gqpefnxoddjg191

Andrei
Andrei
9 years ago

Oliver is it tru that now you can activate more then 1 GOLD KEY for Deposite fielles ??? ar they gona stack ??

Oliver AKA The Admin
Admin
9 years ago
Reply to  Andrei

yes, this is true

"Anon"
"Anon"
9 years ago

Did my program help?

dreadwingknight
9 years ago

Intellipark – default timer: 8 seconds of non-use
Typical operating system disk cache duration: longer than that.

Yeah, it's something that needs to die.

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000
9 years ago

The latest WD Green HDDs (EZRX) don't seem to have timers that can be disabled.
The earlier models could have their timers disabled.

I had issues when I attempted it and the WD support people told me that the timer can't be disabled.
You can set the timer to 300 seconds (maximum).

In fact, my friend just got a 3 TB WD Green HDD today and we were unable to disable the timer.
He had to settle for 300 seconds.