This linux/unix utility can be used to remove or set the infamous idle3 timer found on recent Western Digital Hard Disk Drives.

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  • makefile? got this message: idle3ctl.o cc -g -O2 -W -Wall -Wbad-function-cast -Wcast-align -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-qual -Wshadow -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes -Wmissing-declarations -fkeep-inline-functions -Wwrite-strings -Waggregate-return -Wnested-externs -Wtrigraphs -c -o idle3ctl.o idle3ctl.c

  • It no longer works on the newest version WD drives, e.g. My Passport Ultra -:( It says: HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Invalid argument

  • No recent updates? :(

  • It worked well on my WD30EZRX disks. Great little program and very easy to use. Would recommend to anyone having the Green Drives.

  • I only wish I had found this earlier. It took ten minutes to take the disks out of the NAS, connect them to a machine, boot it with a linux live distro, download the source tarball, build, disable the darn idle feature, power off, return to the enclosures and be back in business. It will take months (if ever) to recover the data lost on a 1TB Green disk that is 100% healthy but for over 900,000 load cycle counts.

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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop, System Administrators

User Interface

Command-line

Programming Language

C

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2010-06-16