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I heard diehard talking about wdidle3 on the podcast recently and it made me wonder about my WD greens.

 

1) is the SMART parameter I should look at called 'Load/Unload Cycle Count'?

 

2) Should I run it? Here are the particulars:

 

I have a WD15EARS-00Z5B1 with 130,000 LUCCs in 3700 Power On Hours

I have a WD10EADS-00M2B0 with 330,000 LUCCs in 30,000 Power On Hours

 

I'm thinking this is kinda high. Does anyone know if WDidle3 will work on these drives? According to the WD website:

 

This utility is designed to upgrade the firmware of the following hard drives: WD1000FYPS-01ZKB0, WD7500AYPS-01ZKB0, WD7501AYPS-01ZKB0. CAUTION: Do not attempt to run this software on any hard drives other than what is listed above

I realize the answer might seem obvious, but all too often what the manufacturer says is contradicted by people who check and find out the manufacturer is wrong.

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It is wrong. I've run it on my WD20EARS. No problems. And yes, it will work on EADS. I have one of those, too.

thanks so much dvn. Can I run it on the drives while they're in the pool? While the WHS is running?

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No. Let me tell you how it did it. I have a MSS so I needed to hook the drives up to my desktop. I used my Thermaltake BlacX toaster for this. Easier for me. I copied wdidle3.exe to a flash drive, booted my desktop to a command line with UBCD4Windows (chose the boot to command line option at the UBCD4Win menu), and ran wdidle from there.

 

Check this post for the command syntax. Took me a few tries before I figured it out. Supposedly, the /d switch doesn't completely disable idle3, but it's something like 60 minutes. That's how mine are set and I figure that's way better than what it was.

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No. Let me tell you how it did it. I have a MSS so I needed to hook the drives up to my desktop. I used my Thermaltake BlacX toaster for this. Easier for me. I copied wdidle3.exe to a flash drive, booted my desktop to a command line with UBCD4Windows (chose the boot to command line option at the UBCD4Win menu), and ran wdidle from there.

 

Check this post for the command syntax. Took me a few tries before I figured it out. Supposedly, the /d switch doesn't completely disable idle3, but it's something like 60 minutes. That's how mine are set and I figure that's way better than what it was.

OMG I am sooo old. It was me who responded to your last post about wdidle. Wonder why it didn't come up when I did a search? Sheesh! :unsure:

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