Critical issues with WD green drives
bruce at cran.org.uk
Thu Jun 2 14:54:57 UTC 2011
On Thu, 02 Jun 2011 14:16:01 +0200
Andrea Venturoli <ml at netfence.it> wrote:
> In a server of mine (7.3p4/i386) I replaced a 1TB Hitachi SATA drive
> (which worked perfectly), with two brand new Western Digital 2TB
> disks. Now I'm having critical problems, ranging from the disks
> getting stuck, to the box rebooting.
> Those are not the main disks in the box, so they are currently
> unmounted; I wasn't even able to run newfs on them, since every
> process that tries to use these disk will hang after a while (and
> can't be killed either).
I'd guess this is probably due to their overly-aggressive power
management. If you can, run wdidle3.exe from a Windows environment to
turn off the default idle timer.
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