I'm considering buying a couple of green Caviar drives (WS10EARS, WD15EARS or WD20EARS) but have been putting it off since I learnt about the 8 second auto-parking/auto-sleeping "feature". However, this thread seems promising although I have some additional questions:
1) does the disabling of auto-sleep/auto-park work with current Green Caviar drives?
I've heard that recently purchased drives have disabled the ability to turn off the auto-park feature (while older models could do this)
2) I'm on an Apple Mac (any other Mac users here? Seems like all WD owners are Windows or Linux users).
Since WD seems to ignore the Mac community by not making any software for us, is there a way to run the mentioned utility on a Mac so I can configure my drives without having to buy expensive emulators, a full Windows installation etc?
The Green Caviar drives will be placed inside a Firewire 800 interfaced external enclosure, and connected to the Mac's Firewire ports (I can also use USB if needed).
3) What does the WD spinup utility do? I read about the two different spinup speeds/modes, but I'm unsure about what exactly this means and how it affects me.
4) Considering the 8 second auto-park/auto-sleep function can be disabled entirely, are there any other issues with these drives which should leave me looking for other models/brands of drives, or are these essentially good drives (when reconfigured and when running in a MacOSX system, not Windows XP as I've read several people have had problems with because of the advanced format system)?