I have a WDC WD5000BEVT-22A0RT0 (as seen from the devive manager). It’s this drive I guess, 500GB. I run Windows 7 on a fresh notebook and it goes smoothly without problens.
There is one though.
When I swtich the notebook off (or go to standby) the drive makes a characteristic sound when it stops.
When the HDD is powered again it also makes a characteristic sound.
Why do I say that?
When I play some game (let it be any game or even anything that uses HDD over and over again) it sometimes freezes - lags for a second or two (or three). This happens when (for instance) some new graphics needs to be loaded to game. And it’s pretty old game actually - Call of Duty 1 or Warcraft III (yes, older than 7 years).
Maybe poor hardware? I guess not. 4GB DDR3, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with 1GB own memory, Intel Core i3 (2.13GHz, 3MB L3 cache). Quite not poor for 7-years old games.
Back to lags. Guess what!
When the lag happens I hear two characteristic sounds. First the one produced by a drive being switched OFF, immediately followed by sound of drive being switched ON.
Whoa! I am here to ask why my HDD spins down only to lag and immediately spin up again?