Caviar green, RAID & load cycle count

I am currently using 8 green-rated drives in two NAS (2x Netgear ReadyNas Ultra 4 Pro) and just realized my drives have very high “load cycle count”, especially Western Digital ones

I remember back 1 or 2 years ago i’ve read articles on internet saying WD wasn’t recommended to use in a NAS with RAID… I’ve also read that you had to change something in the firmware to solve the problem with high load cycle counts.

I’ve never had problems with my drives but i’m still worried about the “load cycle count” quickly getting over the limit the HD is designed for…

Here’s the SMART test result on some of my Green drives… Doesn’t looks normal

Samsungs and Seagates are doing fine doesn’t seems to be concerned by the problem : For example, one of my seagate 2tb has been running for 1661 hours and only has a “load cycle count” of 63… other seagate drive has similar results

One of my samsung 2tb has a “load cycle count” of 248 for 46 hours

But worst of all are definatly Western Digital Caviar Green drives:

WD 3TB Green #1
71315 load cycle count for 893 hours of use
WD 3TB Green #2
66828 load cycle count for 800 hours of use
WD 3TB Green #3
26181 load cycle count for 554 hours of use
WD 3TB Green #4
14170 load cycle count for 466 hours of use
WD 2TB Green
16137 load cycle count for 2102 hours of use

Oh, and no, don’t tell me to buy WD Enterprise drives certified for RAID that cost $500 for each 2tb drive -_-

For the LCC issue you may take a look at this, AFAIK it applies to all Caviar Green models.