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  • Western Digital WD10EZEX: A 1TB SATA 3.0 HDD For $60

    Phoronix: Western Digital WD10EZEX: A 1TB SATA 3.0 HDD For $60

    For those in the market for an affordable, large-capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD10EZEX offers 1TB of storage for about $60 USD. If you are curious how this low-cost Serial ATA 3.0 hard drive performs against other SATA HDDs and SSDs under Ubuntu Linux, here's a set of new disk benchmarks as we test out this SATA 3.0 HDD.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19726

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    Michael, is it possible for you to offer an Amazon support link, but for their German subsidiary (amazon.de) not, just .com? Thanks!

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    • #3
      Switch relatime with noatime

      Thank you for using deadline, now you should go with noatime.

      relatime, just like atime, will write on each read. The only difference with rel, is that these writes are delayed, but they still occur.

      Think of it: for every single little file read, there must be a write to update the access of that file. Performance and lifetime penalties, for the benefit of a couple of rarely used apps at most.

      It also seriously affects the reading only tests. because they have to write as well at some point.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
        Thank you for using deadline, now you should go with noatime.

        relatime, just like atime, will write on each read. The only difference with rel, is that these writes are delayed, but they still occur.

        Think of it: for every single little file read, there must be a write to update the access of that file. Performance and lifetime penalties, for the benefit of a couple of rarely used apps at most.

        It also seriously affects the reading only tests. because they have to write as well at some point.
        The defaults are used most of the time in benchmarking as it's what most users will encounter.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
          Thank you for using deadline, now you should go with noatime.
          Wait, why deadline? I thought it only benefited SSDs?

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          • #6
            Personally, I would only buy Hitachi or Samsung HDD, due to reliability.

            http://www.dataretrieval.com/blog/ha...ure-statistics

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            • #7
              Intellipark problem

              All the WD green series seem to have the aggressive head parking problem : http://koitsu.wordpress.com/2012/05/...-head-parking/
              What about this drive? I use 3 WD30ezrx in my home server and I just discovered after 4 month of use that they each have around 170'000 load/unload cycles. They are guaranteed 300'000 cycles...
              Fortunately some good guys have written http://idle3-tools.sourceforge.net/ to fix this problem under Linux.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by karasu View Post
                All the WD green series seem to have the aggressive head parking problem : http://koitsu.wordpress.com/2012/05/...-head-parking/
                What about this drive? I use 3 WD30ezrx in my home server and I just discovered after 4 month of use that they each have around 170'000 load/unload cycles. They are guaranteed 300'000 cycles...
                Fortunately some good guys have written http://idle3-tools.sourceforge.net/ to fix this problem under Linux.
                From what I've read, the EZ series doesn't work with wdidle3. If they do have so many cycles, then probably the problem persists, just the official tools to solve it don't really work.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                  From what I've read, the EZ series doesn't work with wdidle3.
                  idle3-tools works for the EZRX at least.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by karasu View Post
                    All the WD green series seem to have the aggressive head parking problem : http://koitsu.wordpress.com/2012/05/...-head-parking/
                    What about this drive? I use 3 WD30ezrx in my home server and I just discovered after 4 month of use that they each have around 170'000 load/unload cycles. They are guaranteed 300'000 cycles...
                    Fortunately some good guys have written http://idle3-tools.sourceforge.net/ to fix this problem under Linux.
                    If you think that is a lot then my system disk in server reports

                    Load_Cycle_Count as 2839993 over Power_On_Hours 26666 which is ~306726 for given period of 4 months. And that is with a var/tmp and /tmp in the ramdisk and several less important logs such as from distccd directed to the /tmp/logs and no scheduled file indexing... but several different server demons running on it

                    I welcome any ideas to further decrease that number. I definitely will checkout that idle3-tools

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by karasu View Post
                      idle3-tools works for the EZRX at least.
                      That's good to know. Note that wdidle3 is a different, official utility, which works in DOS and sets the idle timer in hardware.

                      Originally posted by ryszardzonk View Post
                      If you think that is a lot then my system disk in server reports

                      Load_Cycle_Count as 2839993 over Power_On_Hours 26666 which is ~306726 for given period of 4 months. And that is with a var/tmp and /tmp in the ramdisk and several less important logs such as from distccd directed to the /tmp/logs and no scheduled file indexing... but several different server demons running on it

                      I welcome any ideas to further decrease that number. I definitely will checkout that idle3-tools
                      My WD Caviar Black statistics:
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                        9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   074   074   000    Old_age   Always       -       19110
                       12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   098   098   000    Old_age   Always       -       2176
                      193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   199   199   000    Old_age   Always       -       4011
                      Although for laptop drives, I have much worse ratios. I hear that setting APM through hdparm may make it better (hdparm -B 254). Also, what's your disk model?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                        Also, what's your disk model?
                        I was reluctant to give its name out at first in case WD would like to pull out from sales quite a well working disk for me, but it seems they did so already so here it comes

                        Model Family: Western Digital Caviar Green
                        Device Model: WDC WD5000AADS-00S9B0

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ryszardzonk View Post
                          I was reluctant to give its name out at first in case WD would like to pull out from sales quite a well working disk for me, but it seems they did so already so here it comes

                          Model Family: Western Digital Caviar Green
                          Device Model: WDC WD5000AADS-00S9B0
                          Oh yea, that's the original Caviar Green. I have a similar model as well. For that one, do use wdidle3 (from a FreeDOS live USB or such): http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=609&sid=113

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                          • #14
                            180KB/s random write speed.... 180... Kilobytes.... per.... second......

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                              Phoronix: Western Digital WD10EZEX: A 1TB SATA 3.0 HDD For $60

                              For those in the market for an affordable, large-capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD10EZEX offers 1TB of storage for about $60 USD. If you are curious how this low-cost Serial ATA 3.0 hard drive performs against other SATA HDDs and SSDs under Ubuntu Linux, here's a set of new disk benchmarks as we test out this SATA 3.0 HDD.

                              http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19726
                              The 150 GB Velociraptor kicks its butt in all but two of the benchmarks. And 150 GB Velociraptor has 5 year warranty instead of 2. And it costs the same... VR is $59 on Newegg right now. Unless there's a need for >150 GB of capacity, the 150 GB VR seems like the better buy IMO.

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