Yes, I did. The model is ST1000DM003-9YN162 and there are multiple programs that can disable ACPI with just one click... however, all of them only do this for the duration of one session and next day I boot up my PC, the setting is back to how the drive wants it, that is - ACPI enabled and set to 5 seconds of inactivity before spin down and head parking.
I've contacted Seagate, had a long conversation and the bottom line is - even their latest firmware will not allow to disable this permanently.
That said, I may or may not get a replacement from them, refund from the store I bought it from or keep the drive for backups or, in case I would like to capture gameplay as a drive where FRAPS can dump hundreds of GBs of uncompressed footage before I edit it
Either way - I want and need another drive that simply does not have any ACPI in the first place and will not spin down every 5 seconds while I'm playing a game which, in most cases, doesn't even know how to react to a situation where it wants to read something and the drive went to sleep. In Metro: Last Light, some textures were missing after standing in one place for more than 5 secs and then moving on. In Saints Row: The Third, after entering a car and accelerating, it takes 2 seconds before I hear the engine sound and then the sound glitches and repeats because the game seems to load sound effects as it needs them.
In other words - I can't use it for gaming and don't want to be forced to use software that is going to change this setting on each boot so if you know if either of these two WD drives does this, please let me know because until recently I wouldn't even think that a drive sold as "desktop class" may do this and behave like a laptop super-power-saving-drive and when I Google these model numbers of the WD drives then I still can find information that apparently some people have problems with head parking, but it's not as much as when I Google my Seagate drive so maybe these are different problems, but I need to know if that's the case.
Edited by VarHyid, 17 July 2013 - 08:44 AM.