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WD hard drive problems with Ubuntu?

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#1 jon-9


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 10:59 AM

I'm building a home/office box for standard tasks [no gaming or multimedia creation] and want to use Ubuntu as primary OS; might partition hard drive and install Win7, if necessary.

I'd assumed that any quality hard drive would work--Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung. But now I'm wondering if WD is compatible with Ubuntu. I've seen a few posts on various forums about trouble w/WD drives. Anyone know about this? Are these trouble reports just random data points, or are there compat problems w/Ubuntu+WD drives? Or, more problems than with Seagate or Samsung?

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Appreciate info--thx

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 01:27 PM

I'm using a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB EIDE partitioned between XP, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint, and I'm having no problems with the drive. I do want to point out that I'm using ATA/IDE and not SATA, so if there are any compatibility issues with the drive, it may just be the interface, not the drive/manufacturer. However, I've read that the newer Linux kernels support SATA (in the case of Ubuntu, it's been supported since at least the 6.06 release), so you should have no problems with interface compatibility AFAIK. You may have to do a little configuring, but again, that would be for the interface, not the drive itself.
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:44 PM

I almost exclusively use WD drives (All IDE) since they are what I happen to have lying around. Never had any issues with WD, Seagate, or Hitachi.

If you could show us one of the posts avout an issue with a WD drive we may be able to sort out whats happening (then again it could just be randomized Disk errors)

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