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Western Digital's Caviar Green HDD Bug Reported - PCSTATS.com Western Digital's Caviar Green HDD Bug Reported
Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:44PM | Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD| PermaLink Posted by: STAFF

"It has come to our attention that Western Digital's Caviar Green HDDs suffer from a critical design flaw caused by an aggressive power-saving feature. Western Digital has developed a new technology called Intellipark (aka Idle 3 mode) and it is designed to reduce power consumption, in part by positioning the HDD's heads in a park position and turning off unnecessary electronics after 8 seconds of inactivity. According to an in-house investigation and user reports', some software and operating systems are incompatible with the Intellipark feature causing endless head parking movement as the HDD continuously goes in/out of idle mode. This abnormal behavior creates stress on the HDD and that could lead to the following issues:

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