MA 790x UD3p
5850 1gb ram
Asus xonar dx
Wd 640AALS caviar black 640gb
Windows 7 x64, windows xp
I thought you guys need to know this…I had an over an year and half a problem that ruined my mental health durring using computer…Randomly my caviar black 640gb freezed.Sometimes after 5 minutes after windows loaded.Sometimes after 4-5hours of gaming.Some weeks never happened…After the freezing took place i get another 3seconds release where i can move access the hdd again…After another seconds the hdd freeze again until it freezed for good.Restarting the pc will not see the hdd anymore and the only solution was to move to other sata port…Slowly after many repeated freezing the hdd begins to fail…The lifeguard tests begin to fail.
After 1 year i decide to rma the drive and WD droped me the latest 1tb revision of Caviar black.First weeks ok…Then same problems again…there was a week that after 5 minutes after entering in windows freezed…Just browsing or leting the pc idle.
WD and noone else could provide me with a solution i begin to think either changing to intel platform either switching to a samsung drive.One day i was looking after deactivating NCQ (even if was in IDE mode) and i discovered this option and i gave it a try…
So right click on the hdd in device manager.Go to properties.Then go to policies.THere are two options 1 is checked, one is unchecked (at least at me)
The second one that was unchecked is called “turn off windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device”
From that day i never had a freeze in any condition anymore…
I hope this will help others…I didn’t saw any worse behaviour by activating this or less performance…
No more pain with hdd