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Old August 4, 2010, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Behemoth- View Post
I've been able to disable WDidle on my 2tb ears bought on early july. These drive were used in a raid 1 array until the server's mobo died.. I also tried to run 'em in raid 5 to figure out if this could work in software raid without TLer, and I got no problem so far. But 2TB drives in raid 5 with a 500GB HD are kind of a waste..
So WDidle3 did the job? That is the only reason I've been overlooking WD Green drives. Too much hassle. Also, I read that WD Align is not the best program to work with.

Samsung drives are expensive ($/gb) but my preferred drive, whether it's the EcoGreen or the F1/F3 7200 drives.

Why are people comparing totally different drives (7200 v.s. 5400)? :) If you want storage, it's reasonable to pursue a lower power 5400 drive. If you need your drive to be quick for booting and can't get a SSD yet, then a 7200 drive is probably the best choice? For OS boot drives, I'd say the main choices are Samsung F1 or F3 and WD Blacks. Hitachi drives are good. Imho, the top brands in terms of reliability and all-around good design is Hitachi and Samsung. Look at the benches and compare the power/temps...you'll see.

However, Hitachi doesn't have a 'Green' drive yet so if you get it for storage, it's a high speed 7200rpm. It's better suited as a boot drive. But, Samsung and WD probably have the best OS drives right now.

Anyway, when Samsung drives go on sale, I'd go for them if you have the cash!
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Old August 4, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Guys...dont WORRY about proper alignment and software hassle. It takes about 10 seconds to do via the cmd line.

If you are using XP go to C:\ in a cmd prompt
Type in Diskpar -s -NNNN (where NNNN is the drive number. IF you dont know use diskmgr and take note of it)
keep hitting Y until is asks for offset.
Type in 2048 (or any 4k divisible number, this is win 7 default number so I use it)
Close the CMD window.
Do a QUICK format on the drive.

DONE. No need to screw around with software programs.
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Old August 4, 2010, 01:54 PM
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Interesting. That's the first report (I've read) of using XP for the partition alignment. Most I've read is using various DOS-based applications (including LiveCDs with a DOS app added or featured). That still doesn't deal with the LCC issue, though. I've read of too many reports of that being a problem. It might not lead to immediate drive failure but no one needs anything unnecessary that might effect the drive. There's already enough that can go wrong. ;)

I'm considering a WD10EARS because the price seems to stay low. Just still don't know about the 'tweaks' one has to do, though.
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Old August 6, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Diskpar is not installed? I hate doing stuff with XP so I'll try the software or find someone with Windows 7...

EDIT: I can do the same thing with diskpart? Looks like that's installed..

Found some examples even though it's dealing with kb... looks like it works the same, though.

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