My Western Digital Caviar green drive is about 8 months old (5889 hours Power On Time) and has a Load Cycle Count of 344,315. This can be seen using HD Tune. Per my calculations it's been parking and unparking about once every 60 seconds on average. This is absurd. I'm counting on this as a backup drive, but how much longer can I expect this thing to last before it loses my family photos?
I'm using Windows BTW. And as a software engineer, it's my opinion that WD's statement about this problem affecting primarily Unix users or whatever is a big load of [delete].