WD Blue Constant Activity even in BIOS!

Hey there,

I just purchased an internal WD Blue 2TB HDD for my laptop, and I’ve noticed that everyday when I start the laptop it constantly does something even though Windows reports no activity on the disk whatsoever (it sounds like constant & fast seeking or accessing)

I rebooted in BIOS mode to see if Windows was the culprit, but even in BIOS I can clearly hear the constant and fast activity sound coming from the disk.

I checked the drive’s surface and there are no bad sectors. More so, the drive reaches 50°C temps indicating intense activity, the sound from it indicates intense activity, but Windows reports no activity at all! I’ve never experienced something like this before with other drives :frowning:

Someone said elsewhere that the drive’s firmware might be doing something, but what is it doing all the time, every single day, and so intensively?

[edit: this happens every day when I start the laptop, and takes several hours for the intense activity to stop, even when in BIOS]

Really nobody has any idea? :frowning:

I’ve noticed a few things in the meantime: if I delete 3GB of data, for example, the disk activity will persist for at least 5 minutes while both Windows’ Task Manager & Resource Monitor show no activity on the disk whatsoever, and to confirm this I rebooted in BIOS and the disk activity kept going!

Problem is, even though a deletion is quick, whatever the disk is doing afterwards in the background brings it to 50°C or more - it feels like the hdd’s Firmware is defragmenting the disk after every operation, and whatever it does it keeps on doing even when I’m in BIOS, which sounds like overkill for the drive, and it’s affecting its temperature & speed :frowning:

What bothers me most is that SMART doesn’t reflect the extra reads/writes that I can clearly hear, and the only indication that there’s persistent disk activity is its temperature slowly going up to +50°C even though all operations had finished a long time ago!

Thank you for your reply and findings!

So, does this basically mean I’ve gotten a bad new drive from factory? Even if the deep surface scan I’ve done showed no bad sectors whatsoever? :frowning:

Gosh I wish I had just stayed with Seagate, even if they start getting bad after 2 years but at least they have really cool temps and function at maximum speed, as opposed to this one that’s always doing something in the background and gets hot even if I don’t use it at all - I doubt it will last more than a year under these daily conditions :frowning:

But isn’t this feature significantly shortening the lifespan of the drive from the constant disk activity and the high temps? I cannot imagine the stress it puts on the disk’s head - I thought features were meant to improve things, not ruin the whole product (unless this is on purpose to shorten its life and make people buy more drives)