Archive for January, 2011

Western Digital HDD spin down problem in Mac OS 10.6

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

I’ve bought brand new Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750 GB SATA HDD for my MacBook laptop (as my secondary hard drive). It’s currently the maximum capacity you can get for standard height (9 mm), the 1000 GB model is taller and wouldn’t fit into my OptiBay which I use instead of CD drive.

There is one annoying issue with this drive in Mac OS and that is its aggressive power management which spin downs the drive immediately after last application stops accessing it. Not only causes this clicking sound every few seconds and excessive wear (spin up/down cycle count is limited), but also performance is really crappy, as application accessing the drive after spin down has to wait for drive to spin up again.