Western Digital GreenPower drives - particular the WDXXEARS series have this annoying "feature" that parks the read heads of the drive once every 8 seconds! You can see this reflected in the Load_Cycle_Count value from smartmontools for example. WD support provides tool called RE2GP Idle Mode Update Utility short for "wdidle" to fix this problem in other drives models -- but according to the disclaimer on the page, it is NOT for use with the EARS series of HDDs! Additionally, you can find reports of folks complaining about this "feature" all over the web. In ad-hoc fix is to use hdparm to force a temporary reset from once every 8 seconds to once every 62 minutes like this: Code: hdparm -S 242 /dev/sdX What do people in here think/know about this issue. Has anyone owning one of these HDDs successfully used the WD tool despite the warning on the website and if so what results have you met with? Any other fixes or thoughts are welcomed.