I just purchased four 2T WD gold drives, model WD2005FBYZ-01YCBB2. MFG dates are Sept 2017 thru Dec 2017. Three have firmware version 80.00A80, and one has firmware version 01.12B.3. The four drives are installed in a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ V1 network storage (upgrading from four 1T WD Green drives that are 9+ yrs old with zero issues). The three drives that have FW: 80.00A80 are racking up the “load cycle count” with little over 37hrs of run time one drive shows 216 load cycle counts. The drive with FW: 01.12B.3 has only 1 load cycle count with 28hrs run time.
Question is what firmware is current / newer? Also can i change the three drives to FW: 01.12B.3 if it is more suited for NAS operation, or is there a better FW for NAS.
Thank in advance.