also i found a post here
saying the new wd red head parking set to 8 seconds or smthn.
is that why when seeking it's noisy or did i just get bad drive?
it doesn't emit any noise when i just access my SSD though, unlike my wd mybook (green) that emits that fan noise sound even when its not being access
Thanks for the observations, and especially the link. Good info on there. I would dearly like to believe that the head parking for one thing is an oversight and not intended behaviour (aggressive parking is arguably undue mechanical stress on the drive). I doubt WD quality control would let the wrong firmware slip in, but whoever is coding the Reds might have mixed up the drive behaviour with Greens... not likely, but possible in my mind.
As for the noise: it is a price WD seem to have decided to pay to bump up their performance numbers. As reported earlier (by vicotnik I think), the drive spec sheet on WD's site reports a faster seek time than earlier versions, so the noisy seeking is definitely intended behaviour, a feature. Your drive is more than likely not faulty, simply behaving according to new, noisier WD code.
I just bought a NAS and went with a Seagate NAS HDD. I was informed on Seagate's site that they do come with a 3-year limited manufacturer's warranty, so the decision was a no-brainer with these reports surfacing of loud Reds.
I also bought a NAS for my father and got new Reds for that one. He hasn't complained about loud seeks, but he is getting on in years and was born before modern HDDs even existed, so...
when i didnt understand about computer at all, like 10 years ago, i had a couple external drives and laptop drives died on me. so... im familar with the clicking sound of dead somewhat.
haven't had drives died on me in 6 years running now. i'd say that as a context that the wd red loudness is alarmingly loud man. it was so loud that initially i was stressed out having to go RMA it, because warranty here is handled by the local distributors and the level of service generally speaking is really bad.
i dont want to shell out another $120 to buy another 2tb red just to test if i get faulty drive or not, so i was stressed out for the past 3 hours.
i tell you this story partially because i probably have OCD lol, but the other part is that because it's darn loud when accessed.
admitttedly im putting the PC next to me on the table with my case open 2/3 days ago. but now as im typing this,, i put it 3 feet away from me and i can still hear it. my case stock fans is quite loud at 100%, i can't believe the Red can drown out the stock fans noise.
OTOH, im running the WD data lifeguard diagnostic extended test ATM... is that a read-only operation or smthn? because now the WD red is dead quiet. (typing this post on my laptop).