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.
When I look at a hard drive label I can not see if it is a Sata, Sata II or Sata III. Why is that? Why not just put it on the drive label?
Have a magnetic hard disk and then have the same size of RAM to load everything off of the drive, all built into the hard drive so it looks like a regular 3.5 inch hard drive. It will read and write to the RAM of the drive but from RAM, it will write the file changes to the magnetic disk, not the file placements.
Have a magnetic disk and then read and write heads built on top of the disk area. Kind of like the design of a car wheel. Or like a circle with a dot in the middle and lines from the dot to the edge of the circle in every direction (theoretically). On those lines, will be all read and all write heads. One line is all read, next line is all write in theory. Or have marks on the line to read and another mark for write. So in the end, one theoretical line will hold all read and another line will hold all write. This way, no spot on the hard drive will be missed. One read head for every cylinder(a fixed point and the disk spins. That read head is dedicated to that spot on the hard drive as it spins-not sure if i am explaining it correctly). And the write head would be similar. There should be no moving parts except the magnetic disk inside.
Combine the PermaRam drive and magnetic state disk together from my other two ideas. From my understanding of what I have read; The DIMM slots have fixed voltages/wattages? So a 4 GB RAM Stick would be very similar to what an 8 GB RAM stick would need for power. You should be able to use SODIMM size slots for RAM inside the 3.5 inch drives to maximize the space available for the RAM.
Ok, first post, here is an idea, might be tottaly stupid, but whatever.
I dont know how much a head (not the actuatror/arm) costs or how small it can be made, and I dont know how many tracks a 500/750gb hdd has, BUT what about heads as many as the tracks "mounted" in the "floor" and the "ceiling" of the hdd?
In a few words, a head for each track of the platter.
here is a qiuck pick
Lets just say that the platter has 28 tracks, and each head has a radius that "shadows" 3 thracks. Of course the center of each head (red) can read one track). So we place the first line of heads (the horrizontal) to read the tracks 1,4,7,10 etc. To cover the missing tracks shift right by a track a duplicate line of heads (remove last head) and rotate them from the center of the platter as little as possible to gain more space. Here the second line of heads are 15 deg rotated. We do the same for the 3rd line.
Its a very simple idea and a very simple paradigm. It shows each heads possition in the floor/ceiling, but I dont know if its possible that the whole floor/ceiling is made from common head parts in order to reduse the spacing of the readers/writters.
Hope you understand the idea of mine. As you can see now there is a head for each track. With this we might be able to know about the usage of any track, like how much free sectors it has,
Any thoughts for this are welcome!
Edit: If its possible, that means no moving parts= no wear= no heat, parallel read/write = top speed, smaller in height hdds= more disks in RAID.
I may be outside the box on this one maybe too much, but is it possible to design a hard drive with "No moving parts". Kinda like the same way RAM is used, and simply call it HDD RAM. Because if we all take a look on how RAM is being written to and read. Why not design a hard drive no other company can call their own? This would be a revelation to futuristic technology. Again, this is just an idea.
My Western Digital has reached 106000 load/unload cycles in just 3 months of lifecycle. Considering the maximum lifecycle of the hard drive is 600000 load/unload cycles according to the product's data sheet the full lifecycle of the device is expected to be only 20 months which considering the price of the drive seems pretty weak. As an end-user I would like to be able to choose which APM value is the right for me and my performance requirements. Also my wdidle value was set 3.0 seconds by default anyway changing or disabling it had no impact on the increase rate of the load/unload cycles.
From this day on, I will only buy a hard drive if I already have the ability to reload or upgrade the firmware. Without this option, if the firmware getts borked your drive is permanently toast.
I vote with my dollars, and I only vote for the success of companies that offer the ability to replace firmware located in mutable (erasable) storage!
Here is an idea that is certainly worth a bit. Maybe somebody will remember me & send me a check when it makes you loads of dough.
Hopefully, someone will be able to take this to the SMART or ACPI committee(s), or just introduce the feature and see it take off.
Why does "powersave" have to be binary? Consider technologies like Intel's SpeedStep(TM) for their CPUs. Or consider the idea behind the Dr. Pepper Ten(TM) soft-drink. It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing.
Today, we are faced with the following with HDDs:
* ON: full-speed, good performance; high heat & energy expenditure
* POWERSAVE: spun down, usually to a stop; wait several seconds before available on resume; mechanical aging due to overcoming inertia of stopped platters.
Why not have a state (call it IDLE), characterized by the following:
* Low-RPM maintenance...maybe 500RPM.
* R/W still must wait to spin up to operational speed
* spin-up times should be drastically reduced (less rotational inertia to overcome...still have some angular momentum)
* wear-and-tear on mechanics minimized (less stiction, less inertia, less torque, lower heat)
* significant power-savings versus full-on
* significant reduction in system heat & noise while IDLE
For desktop & server systems, this would be heaven-sent! Particularly for servers that are infrequently used, but require fast response.
This would also help close the power / performance gap with SSDs while maintaining your price advantage.
I bought a Black to use in my music studio - I bought it for performance to install in a custom built quiet PC (Fractal Design R3 case). My PC was completely silent until I started using the Black. I researched forums to find out that those who bought their Blacks a year or so ago were fortunate enough to be able to enable AAM and reduce the noise to a satisfactory level without affecting performance too much - but the one I bought was recently manufactured and has been "locked" into performance mode at the factory.
Dear WD, I was a customer that had left you for Seagate years ago and had decided to come back and try out your product. I am VERY dissappointed that you have not yet taken action to release a firmware update that will re-enable AAM. The noise issue is getting lots of negative attention to WD on Newegg. You guys should really fix it.
Personally, if its resolved with a firmware update, I'll be buying again from WD. Otherwise, Im going back to Seagate.