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    My 2tb EZRX is dying a slow death as we speak. What started as 7 pending sector count has spiraled quickly into a bloodbath of 480 reallocated sector count, and it keeps rising

    The problem is: it's my main working drive. It has my projects, books, photos, music, videos, documents, movies, game installers, big-*ss isos - whatever you name it. Right now I'm doing whatever I can- which is actually booting into a live cd and using rsync to copy whatever stuff I can to the other drives. But it seems to get stuck on some big files, right now it's transferring a game iso at 26KB/s

    I know the best thing is to clone the drive into a new one, but I don't have enough money in my hand to buy another 2tb drive after just buying a new gpu. Also, the drive is still under warranty, so I'm hoping to get a replacement unit.

    Is there anything else I can do? Something I'm missing?

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    warranty period er moddhei problem? :o

    apanr internet er upload speed koto ? frnd der pc te data store korte paren. isp owner er sathe bhalo link thakle tader server e file rakhte paren kisu din. upload speed beshi thakle 1 or 2 months er jonno google drive storage kinte paren. Bangladeshi kisu storage provider ase oder sathe kotha boleo storage nite paren hdd warranty theke na asha porjonto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asif_Z View Post
    warranty period er moddhei problem? :o

    apanr internet er upload speed koto ? frnd der pc te data store korte paren. isp owner er sathe bhalo link thakle tader server e file rakhte paren kisu din. upload speed beshi thakle 1 or 2 months er jonno google drive storage kinte paren. Bangladeshi kisu storage provider ase oder sathe kotha boleo storage nite paren hdd warranty theke na asha porjonto.
    http://beta.speedtest.net/result/5706680620

    Speedtest might say otherwise, but while uploading something to google drive speed doesn't go past 300KBps.

    I can manage the storage (myself and cousin has portable hdds), but the problem is getting data off that drive itself is going very slowly. Also there's some other things that seems to indicate something is very wrong with wd greens. The load/unload cycle count is showing 103394. None of my other drives- even the oldest one isn't even close to this. Also, I'm using the drive for about a year and SMART says it's been powered on just 3 months and 7 days. Is the wd green's power saving features are so aggressive that they can damage the drive itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexron View Post
    http://beta.speedtest.net/result/5706680620

    Speedtest might say otherwise, but while uploading something to google drive speed doesn't go past 300KBps.

    I can manage the storage (myself and cousin has portable hdds), but the problem is getting data off that drive itself is going very slowly. Also there's some other things that seems to indicate something is very wrong with wd greens. The load/unload cycle count is showing 103394. None of my other drives- even the oldest one isn't even close to this. Also, I'm using the drive for about a year and SMART says it's been powered on just 3 months and 7 days. Is the wd green's power saving features are so aggressive that they can damage the drive itself?
    Bro, when my 1TB died first time, I had to copy everything to my friend's PC over 100mbps LAN. The second time I had the new drive installed already, but the old drive's read speed dropped down to couple of megabytes per second. You have to bite the bullet and start copying as soon as possible. Leave behind unnecessary files, like installed games, programs, movies you've already watched etc. And, when you start copying, try to complete at least one pass without stopping and going back to start. Because if you try to read a file multiple times, the speed is going to drop each time if it is the same case of damaged read/write heads like mine.

    And about the green drives. Yes, they have aggressive spin down and parking issues. It gets really bad if you try to use the drive with linux. But with windows the problem shouldn't be so severe, as their timing is aligned with windows' minimum disc access time or something, I cannot remember the details. But there are tools to change the disk idle and spin down times in the green firmware, to make them usable with linux, or lengthen their life with windows. Google with the keyword "WDIDLE3" for more details. And do read up on this before doing anything, because EZRX drives are released after the "IDLE3" issue and may not be compatible with older tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swapnil View Post
    Bro, when my 1TB died first time, I had to copy everything to my friend's PC over 100mbps LAN. The second time I had the new drive installed already, but the old drive's read speed dropped down to couple of megabytes per second. You have to bite the bullet and start copying as soon as possible. Leave behind unnecessary files, like installed games, programs, movies you've already watched etc. And, when you start copying, try to complete at least one pass without stopping and going back to start. Because if you try to read a file multiple times, the speed is going to drop each time if it is the same case of damaged read/write heads like mine.

    And about the green drives. Yes, they have aggressive spin down and parking issues. It gets really bad if you try to use the drive with linux. But with windows the problem shouldn't be so severe, as their timing is aligned with windows' minimum disc access time or something, I cannot remember the details. But there are tools to change the disk idle and spin down times in the green firmware, to make them usable with linux, or lengthen their life with windows. Google with the keyword "WDIDLE3" for more details. And do read up on this before doing anything, because EZRX drives are released after the "IDLE3" issue and may not be compatible with older tools.
    I did hear about green drive's parking issues and WDIDLE3, but I was too lazy to do it. Guess I'm now paying the price.

    Right now the problem is so severe that even nautilus hangs just by opening the drive. Rsync can manage, but running it increases bad sector count exponentially (currently it's 900+). Right now, I'm learning how to use ddrescue to copy folders (it can't deal with folders/directories directly). I know I can't save everything but I wanna save as much as I can.

    After this my trust in wd greens is badly shaken. I still think 1tb blue ezex is the best hdd to date, but I'm gonna look for another brand for anything above 1tb, unless wd stops rebranding ezrz drives as blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexron View Post
    I did hear about green drive's parking issues and WDIDLE3, but I was too lazy to do it. Guess I'm now paying the price.

    Right now the problem is so severe that even nautilus hangs just by opening the drive. Rsync can manage, but running it increases bad sector count exponentially (currently it's 900+). Right now, I'm learning how to use ddrescue to copy folders (it can't deal with folders/directories directly). I know I can't save everything but I wanna save as much as I can.

    After this my trust in wd greens is badly shaken. I still think 1tb blue ezex is the best hdd to date, but I'm gonna look for another brand for anything above 1tb, unless wd stops rebranding ezrz drives as blue.
    WD Green + Linux Kernel = LCC death, it's an well known issue. There is nothing to trust or lose trust here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swapnil View Post
    WD Green + Linux Kernel = LCC death, it's an well known issue. There is nothing to trust or loose trust here.
    I use windows. Using a live cd only for the purpose of data recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexron View Post
    I use windows. Using a live cd only for the purpose of data recovery.
    Oh, then it shouldn't have happened. You have the rights to be angry at WD.

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    try diagnostic software atleast it can sightly increase the life span of your hdd but not sure about the data recovery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swapnil View Post
    Oh, then it shouldn't have happened. You have the rights to be angry at WD.
    Well, saying angry will be a bit of exaggeration, let's just say I'm frustrated having to deal with the result of their business decision (Of all things a desktop hard drive doesn't need to be power efficient). I finally disabled head parking timer and guess what, bad sector count stopped increasing dramatically. I ran file recovery operation for almost 8 hours and bad sector count increased only by 6. Seems like it's either the cause or a major contributor to this issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by sensei View Post
    try diagnostic software atleast it can sightly increase the life span of your hdd but not sure about the data recovery
    At this point I don't care about the drive, I just want my data. But I'll give it a try after getting the data off the drive.

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