Tom Del Rosso <td...
> A WD20EARX is in a USB dock. If you run this batch file with a sleep
> delay of 11 seconds, the Load Cycle Count increments every time. With 8
> to 10 seconds, sometimes, and with 5 seconds it never increments.
> @echo off
> smartctl -a -d sat /dev/sdg |find /i "Load_Cycle_Count"
> sleep %1
> goto :loop
> So I want to change the sleep timeout. I recall that the firmware update
> wdidle3 was discussed in early September, but the utility is made for
> other models.
> If you use it on the wrong WD model does it safely abort, or make a brick?
As discussed then, there is a strong warning on the WD page,
but the tool is not that specific. It just works on other,
sufficiently new WD models, so neither ;-)
> This WD20EARX-00PASB0 drive is now connected with a USB dock. Does
> firmware update require an internal connection?
Why would you want to do a firmware upgrade? wdidle3 just
sets a parameter.
> I ask because this is also needed on some USB drives like WD20EADS-11R6B1
> and WD20EARS-00MVWB0.
> Is there a way to update those?
wdidle3? You can also use the Linux port somebody made of wdidle3:
There is also more info on what command is used on that page.
> Ideally I wish it wasn't hard-coded, but I don't suppose you can make the
> timeout even longer, can you?
> And finally, what is the timeout on other brands?
Depends on what was set for the specific disk. This is not
really model-specific, but usage specific.
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