Originally Posted by KcZuma
My question stems from reading reviews that state Linux still suffers from problems with advanced format drives (I thought that was no longer an issue) as well as "heads parking excessively" (don't want to argue about terminology here, just quoting what I read many times in different reviews) these problems were associated with both Western Digital as well as Seagate drives.
Advanced fomat drives weren't really a problem, just fiddly to set up. Mostly fixed with at least some current partition software.
The current WD black 2.5'' drives can be advanced format (WD7500BPKT 750GB, WD5000BPKT 500GB) or the old format (WD3200BEKT 320GB, WD2500BEKT 250GB and WD1600BEKT 160GB).
BTW, there can be issues with SATAII HDDs on some SATAI controllers.
Second Generation Serial ATA (SATA II) hard drives are not detected when connected to a VIA or SIS Serial ATA controller. These First Generation Serial ATA (SATA I) controllers include the following chipsets:
I think the Toshiba Satellite A505D-S6958 has an ATI SATA controller, but I havent checked.
The 'heads packing' issue is WD Green drives (and similar drives from other manufactuers have had the same problem AFAIK, just far less stuff on the net about them).