idle3ctl -- open source idle3 Linux tool for WD drives

“Idle3-tools provides a linux/unix utility that can disable, get and set the value of the infamous idle3 timer found on recent Western Digital Hard Disk Drives. It can be used as an alternative to the official wdidle3.exe proprietary utility, without the need to reboot in a DOS environement.”

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Dude!!! Nice tool!!!

Any plans for a Windows / Mac version as well? =D

FYI I ran wdidle3 on my Caviar Green WD20EADS (which has load cycle count of 344,333 in 5902 hours, i.e. it’s above WD’s stated specs in about 8 months). As a result, the temperature on this drive has increased greatly, it runs hotter than the Caviar Black now.

So in addition to wearing itself out fast, this P.O.S. is now both hotter and wasting more energy and slower than other drives.