With only the occasional glitch, such as the initialization that takes 3 hours and in my panic I do the 40 second reset 3 times during that initialization, not realizing that I should let it initialize (hey I am a user that does user things), I’ve been pretty happy with the two WD Products that I own.
Now I’m even happier after waking up my drive to check my user.log to find… with just stopping all the services that I list in my “sleep post” including Cron services, my drive surprised me with great sleep time (this is like a hang time except for WD devices).
I don’t always get great sleep time, but for some strange reason after my last reboot which was caused by plugging in my USB drive, then getting a lock up, and after going through the whole ritual of letting the drive boot up normally and settling down before plugging in my USB drive, then letting that settle down… then making sure that media scan is off (which it was automatically), then stopping all the unneeded services, my drive got great sleep time yesterday night. Don’t ask me which part of the ritual (perhaps it was the facing west) before plugging in the USB drive, that did it.
Here is my drive user.log from last night till now.
Apr 6 08:20:24 WDMyCloud logger: exit standby after 16983 (since 2014-04-06 03:37:21.126452000 -0700)
Apr 6 08:36:44 WDMyCloud logger: exit standby after 677 (since 2014-04-06 08:25:27.236452000 -0700)
exec: No such file or directory
Apr 6 15:48:20 WDMyCloud logger: exit standby after 25593 (since 2014-04-06 08:41:47.126452000 -0700)
4 hours and 43 minutes from 3:37am till 8:20am this morning
and ignoring the 11 minute wake up
7 hours and 6 minutes from 8:41 till 3:48pm
This shows that it can be done. Don’t let the internet and the power users tell you that it is better to let your drive run for 14 (edited by user request) years straight then to let it sleep for 4 or 7 hours straight.
You do the math, I think by sleeping for 7 hours, that is 7 hours more that I get for drive life if it is on standby.
I can agree that waking up the drive every 10 minutes and cycling it through multiple standby is bad for your drive, but not when it is sleeping soundly.
If nothing else, I am pleased to touch a “cool to the touch” drive everytime I walk by and touch it.
Now we just have to wait till WD gets this right in their next firmware update. (It can be done).