I have enabled by software the “power-up in stanby feature”. No I cannot disable it anymore. Yes, the drive has a jumper for this feature, but after the feature is changed in software the jumper is useless.
I’ve tried almost everything:
HDAPRM as provided in the latest Ubuntu dist. HDPARM can enable this feature but it cannot disable it.
HDAT2 latest version. HDAT2 can enable this feature and wake up the drive if it is not properly detected by the BIOS but it cannot disable it also.
If you you want to use this drive in a normal desktop(without BIOS support for this feature) the drive is pretty much useless as you will need to wake it up after every time the system is powered off.
After a google search I have found out that this issue is very old and that almost all the drives in this series(and maybe others) are affected. Is there any way to fix this? I’ve searched the wdc website for the proper firmware for this drive hopping that a firmware re-write will reset the drive’s settings but with no success(there isn’t any firmware for this particular model).
I have even tried other manufacturers tools, but there is no option for this feature.
Other than that, this the drive is in perfect condition: no errors found using dldiag’s extended test. It is really a shame that a small bug like this can make a perfectly healthy disk almost useless to a normal user.
I have posted here hoping that someone found / will find a solution for this issue.
* Drive: WD1600JS-22NCB1
* Correction: The drive is “js”, not “ys”, I’ve mistyped.
Thank you for your time!
LATER EDIT: So i guess that there is no way to fix this or that no one experienced similar issues? I visited this thread almost every day and still no responses/feedback.