I would like to see the lastest (or minimum recommended) firmeware version for every drive listed somewhere.
I bought severel Red 6TB drives. There was a problem with excessive head parking in early versions of this drive. As the new drives are built into an NAS there is no possibility to use the firmwareupgrade program without dismounting the drives. As the firmware data is easely available using smart data readout it would be convinient to compare the firmware version on the drives with the actual corrected firmware revision.
I openend a case to let the FW version check. But this is timeconsuming on both sides. So a list of safe firmware versions available on the internet webside would be time saving.
through trail and error found out how to use a black2 drive on a mac OS and windows server.
all you need is a windows 8 or 7 computer.
hook the black2 up through sata connection
install the black2 software
once the 1tb partition is active you can then unhook it from the sata connect and plug the drive into another computer/OS and it will see both partitions the 120gb and the 1tb.
the other OS like mac or windows server do not need the software installed. cause we all know its not supported.
all the software does is activat the 1tb partition.
so WD, why not just have both partition active from the factory?
This drive WD Blue 1TB WD10JPVX with Firmware Revision: 01.01A01
required new firmware to fix hard disk drive spinup and spindown which addresses drive noise and intermittent freezing/stuttering.
Spinup and spindown like crazy every few seconds, and freeze all apps before spinup.
The last 1.8" HDD i saw was 320GB. Maybe they can be marketed toward tablets/smartphones. I wouldn't mind having 320GB of storage on my iPAD or Android tablet with the snappy speed of an SSD. SSDs are fast, but they are expensive and drive the cost of tablets high and limit the capacity of these devices forcing users to switch to cloud solutions. Then the use of the cloud becomes another bottle neck when the users internet is slow or limited which totatally defeats the purpose of using fast SSDs on tablets and smartphones.
I have an idea to do a Black2 as an industrial item. We have customer up in the Nordic that have alot of automotive drive switching to SSD but SSD is not enough. Why not use a Black2 where you do the SSD part working as long its to cold or to much vibration and as soon as they enviromental conditions is good enough it can start moving data from SSD to HDD to get enough space on SSD?
Currently using a RAID controller to create a Striped RAID volume (RAID 0) on two seperate Harddrives is the only way to get SSD like speeds and still benefit from large capacity storage. However, at minimum this requires atleast two Harddrives, two SATA cables, and two seperate SATA ports on the PC motherboard. The benefit of doing this is the native speed of the drives is multiplied by the amount of drives striped in RAID 0 volume.
With the new SATA Express interface technology currently being implemented on the newer Intel 9-Series Platforms, PCI express is able to interface with storage devices to achieve up to 10Gbps bandwidth on a single SATA express port. The current WD HDDs will not be able to fully take advantage of this technology without the use of an onboard SSD which is usually a fraction of the HDD capacity.
Instead of using large platters to make the current 3.5" SATA HDDs, why not use multiple 2.5" HDDs (or the parts) and insert these inside of a 3.5" HDD form factor casing? Doing this means that RAID technology may be used in an internal HDD to stripe the multiple platters/heads/HDDs. Have an internal SATA express/RAID controller and then Add an 8GB/16GB SSD for disaster recovery and BSODs.
Eventually maybe striped RAID + Redundancy can be applied to this concept for higher reliability.
This concept would probably be closest to bringing HDDs to max SATA express speed (10Gbps) without using highspeed SSDs.
I have a 2011 Cisco MCS 7816 but I know that it's orgianlly a ibm system x3250 4251. So the problem is that I bought two 250 GB Enterprise class HD's product number WD2503ABYZ , when I when I go into the bios it will not see the hard drives at all, have you guys encountered this problem before and how did you resove it?
The latest velociraptor is now two years old, does anyone have an idea when the next release will be and what the specifiation is?
It woulde be nice, if you can support the Windows Server (especially the Essentials Edition) in the Install program (Setup) for the Black2 Dual Drive.
Windows Server 2012R2 is based on the same kernel as Windows 8.1 is. So therefor the drivers should be already there, but unfortentatly the Installprogram cancels the installation at the moment with Error Code 52 (unsupported Windows version).
This drive is in my opinion perfect for a small, economic homeserver (with Server 2012R2 Essentials), so please add support for Windows Server to the WDBlack2 setup program).
Thank you already!
I have found that my 120GB SSD portion of the Endeavor drive is filling up fast and quite by accident I found a WD video dealing with this matter and it gives step by step instructions on how to solve the problem. Here is the link to the videos. http://www.amazon.com/Black2-Dual-Drive-2-5-WD1001
I propose WD does NOT package its "green" drives in a new package that gives no hint whatsoever that it is a "green" drive. Wait - too late - you did it. So, as I look at the new labeling on the packaging which basically falls into a "good, better, best" format, I figure perhaps its new technology? Maybe? So, what the heck, I bought a new 2GB internal drive. Oops - when I got home and opened it... hey, look, its a "green" drive.
I returned it, and purchased a more expensive drive from another company.
Quite honestly, I would have purchased your more expensive drive if you would have simply indicated on the packaging that "good" = "green." But you didn't. Hey, its no big deal. All I'm saying is that sticking a green drive in a new package and not indicating that it is a green drive is a BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD idea.
Don't blow smoke in my face and I won't spit on your shoes.
I would be happy if there will be an upgrade option for the Steam Machine or PS4 with the WD Black.
The drive should be pre formatted and installed for the specific console.
The PS4 and Steam Machine are easy to upgrade especially for hdds.
[ copy of my suggestion submitted today to Western Digital Service and Support ]
Allow me to suggest that WD prepare a longer YouTube video
which explains what must be done to format all 3TB+ WD HDDs
i.e. that are larger than 2TB.
Lots of questions have arisen at various User Forums on the Internet,
and the answers being provided are not always accurate, or correct.
Matters that need to be addressed with a reliable WD video
(1) the major differences between MBR and GPT partitions;
(2) whether booting is possible with 3TB+ HDDs under various scenarios;
(3) whether VSS (variable sector sizes) will allow a MBR partition to address 3TB+;
(4) what are the functions and limitations that exist with HBA's supplied by WD
(5) an ASRock program called 3TB+Unlocker is making the rounds,
but I have not been able to find any documentation written by ASRock;
(6) does Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition work with 3TB+ HDDs
and under what conditions will it not work e.g. 4K sectors;
(7) and, your engineers will probably encounter other permutations
that should be addressed in a reliable video presentation.
As it is, the video I brought to your attention is a little embarrassing
because it did NOT end up formatting the entire 3TB, but defaulted
to less than 2TB after formatting.
posted at YouTube.
Sadly when people have ideas they never see anything from it as the company that takes idea trys to claim it for them self's,
what is an Impact Drive, multilayerd board's with nano Chip's unlike flash drives each chip carry's over 2TB of storage space,
each chip is a minature drive exactly like the drives you know but smaller a lot smaller, each one is solderd to the board where it takes its power and data from, in total on 1 drive alone carrying up to 5 board's with the power regulated by a circuitboard capable of constant flow of 4-6v,
on each board is a small transformer that feeds each board with constant voltage, on each board theres a total of 15 chip's on each giving a total load of 150TB, the software to use the drive would give the user the option to format a single chip or multiple chips depending on the prefferences,
as the drives are the same size as standard drives theres room to add things to fill up the space, each board can be taken out if it becomes faulty, as it is difficult to draw a picture of the idea, the shape would change from what it is, it would almost be empty shell like a square box,
at one end would be the circuitboard, the middle would be where the other boards clip in to the main board, now for the impact side would be small light weight durable foam designed to take shock impact from being dropped or thrown across a room, each board would have minature spring's between each one to help cussion any shock, as the place where the boards connect too would be fine ribbon between the boards and main board, exactly like what you would find in a PS3/xbox/tv/ most electrical appliances,
the boards would be well protected from shock and the cost to replace a board can be kept to a low cost,
as in all things if the user's opens the unit them self's it would void the item, each unit would carry 3-7 year cover plan that is taken when purchase, other then this it would be standard 12 month cover,
just an idea nothing more,
I recently bought two Caviar Blacks (2002FAEX and 4001FAEX) and both are so noisy that I want to throw them out the window. However, I contacted WD technical support and they said that the noise is completely normal. I also bought a Caviar Blue (10EZEX) and it's as quiet as a mouse, and that has left me wondering why Western Digital can't extend their Caviar Blue lineup into the 2-4TB range so people can have fast, high-capacity 7200rpm hard drives that don't make lots of noise during seek.
I know many people have blamed the lack of Automatic Acoustic Management for the excessive noise levels generated by the Caviar Black drives, but the latest generation of Caviar Blues is completely silent despite the fact that Automatic Acoustic Management has been disabled. Hence, I cannot understand why we are forced to put up with the racket generated by the Caviar Blacks just to get a fully-fledged 7200rpm hard drive in the 2-4TB range.
My own testing has confirmed that the latest generation of Caviar Blues outperforms the latest generation of Caviar Blacks in terms of sequential read speeds by an average of 24-36MB/s, with only a small increase in access times, and for this reason alone, I'd like to see it released in higher capacities. I know this arrangement doesn't suit everyone, but for someone like me who wants to get as much capacity and performance as possible from their hard drives without paying for it in terms of decibels, I think it would be well worth it. Otherwise, I'll probably have to take my business elsewhere and buy my hard drives from a company that cares about noise, speed AND capacity.