Western Digital EARX drives - avoid them

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by grit, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. grit

    grit New Member

    Jan 1, 2008


    I just had to replace a WD7500AAKS in my 1st TiVo HD. After all of the reading, I gave the new Western Digital Green 1TB EARX drive a try. I have NO technical problems. The drive boots/soft re-boots, etc. However, Automatic Acoustic Management is LOCKED. You CANNOT adjust it down. As a result, I have a drive that is quiet enough to be in my home server, but way too noisy for my TiVo! You CANNOT control the AAM through any means I was able to find in Google. In fact, it seems as though some HDD manufactures are going to stop including the feature.

    Buyers beware - the new WD green drives CAN NOT adjust acoustics = loud(er) noises.
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The older WD green drives used to come factory set on the quiet setting of 128. But you could also change them if you wanted to. I have several dozen of them still in use.

    What is the AAM setting on these new drives that can't be changed?

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