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Just ordered a WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive anything to look out for?

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  1. de.das.dude

    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    just ordered a WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive, the cheapest 1tb i could find.

    i just came to know about the greens spin down timer fault and how that can be fixed, so.. is there anything i need to look out on this drive?

    i will be cloning my OS drive to the new drive on a partition, and the games partition from the other drive to this drive.

    Is the tool from WD the best way to do it? or are there any better ways?
     
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    dont drop it!


    they're fine. you can adjust the spin timer on the greens easily enough anyway.


    personally i hate cloning drives - it ALWAYS goes wrong. just set it up as a new OS and take the time to do it right.
     
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    That's a great drive, used a bunch in other people's builds as well as a couple of my own.

    Don't clone to it - do a fresh install.
     
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    but i am so lazy .... :shadedshu
     
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    it'll bite you in the ass sooner or later.


    take the opportunity to dual boot and have two OS's for a while.

    (oh, make sure you disconnect all other drives when you install the OS, control boot order via bios. you dont want your bootloader accidentally on a drive you're going to format/remove later)
     
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    yes. i learnt that from a fail once :D i guess i will do a reinstall... damn... so much stuff to install.

    hey my steam is not on the OS drive, do i need to reinstall ALL the games? what avaout the game saves, does steam cloud sync have it on a cloud server somewhere? or do i need to manually keep them?
     
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    steam is portable. it should reinstall the games automatically. save games and such will be stored in %appdata% or my documents.
     
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    so i can just move my folder to the new drive? that be great!
     
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    yes, but it wont move the saVe games and each game will require a one off-reinstall from the existing files (to update directX, etc. its automatic)
     
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    what do you mean by, it wont move the same games?

    i was thinking of a simple cut paste.

    any estimates as to how long the first format will take?
     
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    yeah ive seen many clone drives that i dunno just not feel right
    and the hard part not installing, but setting and customizing
    installing just need 2 hours but setting here and there could take you one day :D:D
     
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    Congrats on the purchase. After getting the drive, check its status with HD Tune/AIDA/any good SMART utility.
    Also, just for the curiosity, what is the spin down timer fault? I have a WD 1 TB Green as stated in my specs but never had any problem.
     
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    they park the heads every 8 seconds. on an OS like linux (or a 'dumb' device like a NAS) this means the devices can literally power on and off every 8 seconds, wearing them out really, really fast.

    its because they were designed for a windows external drive - they're more shock resistant when parked, and as a non-OS drive it would save power (which is the only thing making them 'green' they simply idle more)
     
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    Good to know. Thanks. :)

    So any way I can stop that in my Green drive?
     
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    Look for bad sectors within the first 6 months, apart from that there a good drive.
     
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    yes. DOS tool called WDIDLE3 lets you adjust it.
     
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    Roger that. :) Till now I am not facing any problem. I monitor the start/stop count with HD Tune and it is normal. Note: I use Windows only and the Green is my system drive. So should I bother now?
     
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    its not the start stop thats measured, its 'load cycle count' (head parks)


    [​IMG]


    this shows that my WD drive, in my NAS, has racked up 447,000 'load cycles'. the drive has only turned on/off 909 times (which would be when it was USB attached to my desktop and idled when i S3 slept the machine)

    the maximum these drives are rated for is 300,000.
     
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    Ok. This is today's status. The drive is running from 15.06.2011. Is it ok?

    [​IMG]

    Thanks.
     
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    I assume he meant save games.
     
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    yes i typod, meant save games.



    at 106,000 that means you've already used a third of the drives live. i'd suggest fixing it. (many say set to 300s, i went for 120s for some reason)

    edit to minimise thread clogging:

    WD green: 647 days, 447233 LLC's. 691 per day

    3TB seagate: 47 days, 357 LLC's. 7.6 per day

    so basically, WD greens will wear out at 10x the rate in some situations. woo.
     
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    well my main rig got his 1.5tb cloned to a 120gb Vertex III a while ago ... so far so good

    i transfered all non essential data, movies, images, archives, to 2 500gb WD green to reduce the installation size to 100ish gb and reduced the partition to 120gb before cloning (defragmented and checked the partition before ofc) and i use now a WD VelociRaptor, WD1500HLFS, 10000 rpm, 150 Gb Sata II(enough i think for games and most used soft)

    i used AOMEI partition assistant http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html to clone it, i never heard of but it worked perfectly after some fidling around, i hate step by step tuto and im a self learner ... bad habit maybe, still its free for personnal use with no restriction and a bunch of usefull features.

    i will maybe do a fresh install when i get my phone back up working to activate one of the Win7pro 64 i have but for now i keep my 7 home premium cloned

    sidenote WD drives are good and reliable blue for day to day green for storage and black for heavy duty (mostly)
     
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    its here!
     
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    DDD, I have an acronis live disk I can share out to you so you can clone. It works very well and my last job used it to clone all our drives
     
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    Bang Tidy.

    Stick it in.
     
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