WD 8 second load cycle count

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    I have 2 WD Blue HDDs, 1 and 2TB and they don't do that, they are always on. That, being a laptop I would look at HP's utilities and power saving options, it may be overriding other settings.
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       #12

    CountMike said:
    I have 2 WD Blue HDDs, 1 and 2TB and they don't do that, they are always on. That, being a laptop I would look at HP's utilities and power saving options, it may be overriding other settings.
    Don't have any HP utilities. Have you looked at your load cycle counts in SMART?
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    Nothing out of ordinary but it's also easy to notice if they are cycling. There's noticeable delay when accessing them if they are stopped.
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       #14

    CountMike said:
    Nothing out of ordinary but it's also easy to notice if they are cycling. There's noticeable delay when accessing them if they are stopped.
    I know what you mean but I'm not noticing that. Just a little click after 8 seconds of idle disk activity. I can't hear any spinning up/down. I'm not the only one reporting this, there are endless threads/blogs etc on the internet. (appreciate your replies BTW, just seems there is no solution!)
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    Could be only heads parking without actual shutdown. As I said before, could be just some HP's function.
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       #16

    CountMike said:
    Could be only heads parking without actual shutdown. As I said before, could be just some HP's function.
    Seems to be, although WD describe it as a power saving feature but as I said before, my main concern was that SMART will report it as exceeded its design life in 6 to 12 months.
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       #17

    If that's the case, it should not impact it's longevity but it can be annoying.
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       #18

    CountMike said:
    If that's the case, it should not impact it's longevity but it can be annoying.
    Not sure I agree with that, if it is designed for 300000 cycles and SMART reports that being exceeded in 6 months. WD don't seem to want to comment on a public forum, if the warranty is void, if you exceed it's stated design specifications. Thanks again.
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    If the external drives are only used on occasion, like backups and such, just unplug them when not in use.

    Jack
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  10. Posts : 68
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    Layback Bear said:
    If the external drives are only used on occasion, like backups and such, just unplug them when not in use.

    Jack
    It's my only drive (internal) in a new HP laptop !
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