I had a drive which i RMA’d. The drive lost all its performance after a month of use. I am just today reading that WD green drives will take a 3.3x performance hit when they become “misaligned” by using certain varieties of linux and windows . I use windows XP and have the drive as a tertiary device.
Will this happen again to my drive? Does the “alignment” utility that WD provides (located here: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=805&lang=en ), fix this problem? will it whipe my data?
can i get my money back from WD for them shipping a clearly defectively designed drive?