Hello - First time poster, but a LONG time WD buyer and need some help.
I have 16 WD drives in the 1TB BLACK & 1TB, 1.5TB & 2TB GREEN category and have some Problems / questions about a few specific drives & their issues:
1st - FIRMWARE - Can I download and flash any of these drives with new firmware? If so, how?
I have 4 x WD20EADS-00S2B0 - but with 2 different Firmware revisions - 01.00A01 & 04.05G04 - one difference I see for certain is APM is only adjustable on firmware 04.05G04, so I assume it is newer & better… can I update the older drives to this firmware or newer?
2nd - MFT zone size - I checked my drives that have been in use for about 3 months and found some unusual numbers. I confirmed my registry setting for the “MFT” is set to “2”, which I believe is 12.5%, however, on these drives (which are between 50% to 80% filled to capacity - approx. 10,000 files) Diskeeper is showing that the MFT is VERY small - 12 MB!! one shows MFT as 87% “Full” and the other drive MFT=11MB and 99% “Full”. Should they not be “self-adjusting” UP TO 12.5% as needed? If so, WHEN?!! is this normal or a problem?
SPECIFIC Problem: :mansad:
Model WD1001FALS-00J7B1 firmware rev. 05.00K05
I am getting some SMART errors on this drive (C5, C6 with CrystalDiskInfo and C5, C7 with HD Tune Pro)
I also did an “Error Scan” with HD Tune and it found a few damaged blocks… will a format fix this? can I somehow set the drive to factory defaults and “fix” this???
I also tried running WinDLG on this drive 5 times but Quick Test FAILED -
Just now I tried it again and it got way passed where it failed before, so I was hopeful, but now it is just stuck after letting it run almost 1 hour!
I will start with those questions for now I look forward to getting clear info on whether I should be concerned or not.
I have already BACKED UP this drive, so I don’t care about data loss at this point.