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  1.    17 Mar 2016 #1
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    Computer freezes when accessing HDD


    I have 3 drives in my system,every time I access my partition which is assigned to the WD green ,system will freeze for a second and I can hear my hard drive ramp up and system comes right back to normal
    Windows is installed on my SSD


    As for my 1tb WD blue,the ramp up occurs too but it loads up faster and without the freezing


    WD green - 500 GB
    Over 4+ years old (Pretty old,lost count)
    WD blue - 1Tb
    Over 3+ years too


    HDD ramps up only when accessing it


    SOLVED
    As@CountMike said,I disabled the Hard Drive power saving feature and haven't experienced it since
    Last edited by Sharif; 21 Mar 2016 at 05:29.
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  2.    17 Mar 2016 #2
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    Hi, have you checked the SMART parameters for the disk(s) recently?
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  3.    18 Mar 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, have you checked the SMART parameters for the disk(s) recently?
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    As I launched the app I could hear the HDD ramp up

    I forgot to mention,it says it's good but as for the technical details mentioned.....so here is a screenshot,as I am incapable of understanding them
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  4.    18 Mar 2016 #4
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    Hi, you could run a check - I understand WD offers diagnostic software.

    There is a utility mentioned here you could look into:
    WD Green + NV+ + Do they spin down or not? - NETGEAR Communities

    Being 'Green' the idea is that it does spin down to save power and wear and tear.
    From that article, here's one person tweaking parameters:
    ReadyNAS NV+, WD Caviar Green disks

    Some notes on SMART FYI
    ZAR - Quick guide to understanding S.M.A.R.T. information
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  5.    18 Mar 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharif View Post
    I have 3 drives in my system,every time I access my partition which is assigned to the WD green ,system will freeze for a second and I can hear my hard drive ramp up and system comes right back to normal
    Windows is installed on my SSD


    As for my 1tb WD blue,the ramp up occurs too but it loads up faster and without the freezing


    WD green - 500 GB
    Over 4+ years old (Pretty old,lost count)
    WD blue - 1Tb
    Over 3+ years too


    HDD ramps up only when accessing it
    Probably nothing wrong with the drive itself, It's just going to "sleep" and shuts motor down when not used for some time.
    You can go to Control Panel > Power Options, choose your preferred plan > Change Advanced power settings > Hard Disk > Turn off hard disk after .... and set it to "never".
    Be advised that some HDDs not meant for OS have those power saving options built in and can't be changed thru OS.
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  6.    18 Mar 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Probably nothing wrong with the drive itself, It's just going to "sleep" and shuts motor down when not used for some time.
    You can go to Control Panel > Power Options, choose your preferred plan > Change Advanced power settings > Hard Disk > Turn off hard disk after .... and set it to "never".
    Be advised that some HDDs not meant for OS have those power saving options built in and can't be changed thru OS.
    Strange, I haven't noticed this back in windows 8. Is it turned on in Windows 10 by default?
    Also what about drive life span and clicking noise sometimes present?
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  7.    18 Mar 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, you could run a check - I understand WD offers diagnostic software.

    There is a utility mentioned here you could look into:
    WD Green + NV+ + Do they spin down or not? - NETGEAR Communities

    Being 'Green' the idea is that it does spin down to save power and wear and tear.
    From that article, here's one person tweaking parameters:
    ReadyNAS NV+, WD Caviar Green disks

    Some notes on SMART FYI
    ZAR - Quick guide to understanding S.M.A.R.T. information
    Thanks
    Though I have the same issue with the Blue.I have disabled the power saving feature in windows and will report back
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  8.    18 Mar 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharif View Post
    Also what about drive life span and clicking noise sometimes present?
    Clicking repeatedly e.g 3-4 times a second is a bad sign. Usually = your drive is dead or dying. I.e. back up.. if not already done.
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  9.    18 Mar 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Clicking repeatedly e.g 3-4 times a second is a bad sign. Usually = your drive is dead or dying. I.e. back up.. if not already done.
    Regarding that,I am thinking if I should replace both of them

    I made post on a forum,I am usually at.
    I made this thread to know if the drive start up after being accessed is due to it being faulty or windows configuration
    https://linustechtips.com/main/topic...omment-7453178
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  10.    18 Mar 2016 #10
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    It's normal to click few times when starting or waking up, it's doing self check every time. You may also want to check S.M.A.R.T. values. checkdisk and defragment drive/s.
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