Any concerns with WD10EACS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I bought a 1TB GP WD10EACS drive. WHS keeps reporting the drive as unhealthy. When I reboot, it goes back to healthy, then next day, back to unhealthy. Obviously I don't need a server I need to reboot every day or every 2 days.

    I am wondering if the green power stuff on this drive may be creating a problem. Perhaps it slows down and WHS detects that as failing. I am just guessing. Is this a valid concern? Should I look elsewhere for the problem?

    Anyone else using this drive? Appreciate any ideas.
    Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:53 PM

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  • Hey BigCat,


    I am using 2 of these drives in my setup with a WD 500GB drive as the primary drive.  Intel platform w/MicroATX MB and 2GB RAM.


    I have had no drive issues at all for over 4 months now.  I would suspect that you are having the same trouble as many others in this forum with reports from WHS that there are drive issues.  Most have concluded that the errors are in error or that at least they are not detailed enough to point at the real problem.


    Of course, beware.  This could be drive problems.  Some causes could be,


    1.  Too small PS

    2.  Too small UPS

    3.  Overheating (drives themselves)


    This is all that I can really tell you.  I suspect that the drives are never idle long enough for the "Green" function to kick in anyway.



    Friday, March 7, 2008 7:12 PM
  • I have two of these in my WHS as well. Never any drive health problems, or messages.

    Friday, March 7, 2008 7:48 PM
  • Same here:  two 500GB WD Green Power drives.  WHS plays very politely with the GP drives.


    Saturday, March 8, 2008 2:56 AM

    The first WD10EACS I had to RMA as WHS didn't like it.

    I suspect there were quite a few bad sectors and possibly a motor servo problem.

    Checking it under XP, the SMART parameters looked OK but WD's disk diagnostic failed intermittantly.


    The second WD10EACS has been in as C: SYS since early January. I am just doing my second chkdsk /R on it now to clear the 'unheathy drive' WHS error.

    Nothing useful in the system log other than lots of chkdsks, as noted in other posts.


    The third WD10EACS was added two weeks ago. No issues so far.


    Additional info:
    - I have WHS running from a 500W Powerware 3110 UPS.
    - The latest chkdsk /R showed 'minor inconsistancies on the drive'. I suspect this maybe caused by a WHS bug.
    - I have noticed that WHS is always accessing the hard disc.
      Digging a bit deeper, using Performance monitor I see 'Memory: Pages/sec' averaging 30 pages per second for long periods. I suspect that this may improve if I increase my physical memory from 1GB to 2GB.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 11:55 AM
  • For what its worth:


    I have 4 of these in my home server. I have had no issues with them whatsoever.


    I have had this issue in the past however with the 2 - 1TB hitachi drives I have in the server as well.


    To note tho, I replaced the power supply with a "green" better rated power supply and the hitachi have not been reported as unhealthy since. I replaced the power supply because I figuered it would be good to have more power for the 4 additional drives. I did not realize that the better power supply may have fixed my unhealthy errors with the hitachi drives.


    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 5:12 PM
  • we bought 2 of these drives, wd-tech-support gives no answers, except their standard "do you know how install the hardware'

    only help came from asus they think the drives are way out of spec or defect....

    in the thirst server one drive is only useable by hotswapping!!!! it after windows 2003 is running

    in the second server the drive doesn't work at all (it spinns, and i can see it using everest) but i can't initialize the drive.

    we tried all 3 jumper combinations and it still s....cks

    if you want to see the hardware specs see www.overspoor.nl/wd10eacs.asp

    Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:50 AM