I’ve just ordered another 8TB Cloud from Costco thinking that there might be something wrong with my current cloud but most likely it is a software issue but nevertheless I don’t want to take the chance that this ticking may be the start of a degrading cloud.
It is ticking when the drive is awake. It is a slow heavy “tick” every two to three seconds as though a log is steadily being written.
The other 8TB cloud does not exhibit this symptom. The other 8TB cloud is set to cloud access OFF and sleeps through the day and night with occasional wake ups but no ticks or tocks.
Scans have completed on 750,000 items on the hard drive.
I’ve turn cloud access off - ticking continues
I’ve toggled media DLNA and iTunes server on/off
I’ve toggled logging on/off and rebooted many times
I’ve stopped all scans using the /etc/init.d/wdmcserverd stop method
I’ve toggled cloud access on then used the above step to stop the scans
I’ve killall crond (this kills all cron jobs)
I’ve stopped samba using smb stop, ticking continues
and still the heavy slow ticking continues. Even though the drive seems to sleep… it seems to wake up quite often, slow tock for ten minutes then goes back to sleep.
This was the first 8TB cloud that I got and I did accidentally shoved it and tilted but not dropped when it was copying data. Possible reason for ticking?
I’ve managed to figure out the order of cancelling the scans as well as stopping the cron to get the drive to sleep. This was out of frustration when the ticking continued through some parts of the day and through the night, usually when cron wakes it up.
Once again I’m angry because I’m spending an inordinate amount of time debugging this unit and once again nobody knows why.
I do not look forward to getting this other Costco drive and spending another week filling it and comparing the data but I have to do it before my 90 days runs out on my first two drives.
edit: The ticking apparently is normal after you copy a bunch of data onto it. It is not the normal wdmcserverd or wdphotodbmergerd scans, nor DLNA, twonky or iTunes server. No idea of what it is…