I have 2TB WD Black, 2013 version. At first, I used it for operating system, and found that when running a game, HoN, the hard drive almost always ran at 100% and caused lags sometimes; however, I had another PC that had WD Blue and lower specs, it ran fine. The drive seems to be slower than WD Blue as well. So I bought an SSD and moved OS to it. Even for photo viewing only, it is still slow. I ran a benchmark based on Userbenchmark.com and it said that my drive’s speed is only around 70% of what it should be on average. In addition, there is no app really running on it at the time I tested it. I ran benchmark 3 times, resulted similarly. I did defragment and check using WD Data life guard, there is no error. Do you think “write zero” might help? Or should I just send it to be fixed?
My PC specs:
Core i5 4590
RAM 4x4GB Kington 1600MHz
SSD: Intel 730 240GB
Mainboard: Gigabyte Gaming 3 Z97X
Running on Windows 10. I updated both Windows and drivers to the newest. Thanks in advance
Hi, I would “write zero” to the drive and see if somehow the partition got corrupter or there are some bad sectors that are causing this issue. If after doing that the benchmarks runs the same, I would recommend you to contact support and get the drive exchanged under warranty.
I’m having similar problem with two identical WD Blacks, one is running at 122/114 MB/s and second at 155/143 MB/s.
The benchmark took like twice as long!
Could you please tell me how to “write zero”?
EDIT2: Found out the WD LifeGuard, currently backing up my data and will write the zeroes afterwards…
Also, I can hear the slower drive while it’s running, while faster one is completely silent. Is that something that happens with these new drives or should I be concerned? (I remember some very old drivers doing these typical noises but that was ages ago)
Thanks for pointing that out, I always used default as I didn’t how what it means.
Now that I Googled it, it makes no sense to use default 4kB since this is a drive to mainly hold recorded and exported videos.
I am having that issue as well, my WD_Black 4TB external drive takes longer to open in my Windows 10 with 32gb RAM than it does on an iMac 27 inch with 8gb RAM.
I only use this external HD for photos since it is what it was suggested as an cheap alternative for SSD storage due to its read and write capabilities.
Having said that, if I were to “write zeros” to the drive, should I do it on the school’s iMac or on my Windows PC?
Thanks in advance.