I’m considering getting a couple of WD10EARS (1TB Caviar Green) SATA drives because of their reported low noise
characteristics, but have a couple of concerns after having read discussions here and other places online:
I’ll be using it in an external enclosure with a Firewire 800 interface.
The drive will be connected to a Mac.
It appears that the drive sets itself to “sleep” mode every now and then. Is it possible to configure the drive so as this is turned off completely? (MacOS can power down drives after periods of inactivity anyway, and without causing any problems like a self-powering drive usually does).
I’ve read issues about it not being suitable for RAID and being unreliable and having low performance in general.
Is there any truth to this, or is it on par with most other drives/brands out there, and just the unhappy few let out their frustrations here while those happy with it don’t say anything?
- I read somewhere that there are problems hot-swapping these drives (it’ll be mounted inside a hot-swap drive tray enclosure). Is there any truth to that?