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WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Size, cost/GB, quite, can be hacked

Cons: Defaulted to 8.0 sec idle to park. Not good for NAS or RAID

Other Thoughts: Put this drive in my Sans Digital 4 bay usb3/esata enclosure as a backup drive for my linux box. My enclosure is not RAIDed or NASed, JBOD is all I wanted. (FYI: Dell XPS 9000 (435T) esata port does do port multiplying)

Read all over the net that:
- the green drive is not good for raid or nas because of the default 8 second park default setting.
- the green drive is a red drive wiht a different firmwate and colour sticker
- both red & green drive shoud by hacked (or configured) to lengthen the park time (ID 193 in smartdrive terms or Load/Unload Cycle Count in human terms) to something much longer that 8.0 sec'c (like 300 sec for instance) (some turn it off but not sure if that is recomended) especially in a nas or raid config.
- WD's proprietary software called WDIDLE3.exe that runs as a DOS program can set park time to up to 800 (?) seconds.
-Linux has a gnu program called idle3-tools that will do the same thing without having to boot into DOS. idle3-tools is in the Ubuntu repo.

In fact I set my park time to 840 seconds with the drive in my enclusure using esata. ex. 'sudo idle3ctl -s 156 /dev/sdk' is what I used (I have a few drives!)
I'm not sure if WDIDLE3.exe limits the park time or not but if I used 255 instead of 156 as my delay using idle3ctl, 3810 seconds would be the delay (2.6 days)

Anyway, something to think about if you're using this drive as NAS ot RAID.

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