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Old 08-31-2008, 08:31 AM   #1
alienDog
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Drive won't spin down


The drive is like this:

Model Family: Western Digital Caviar family
Device Model: WDC WD1600BB-00GUA0
Serial Number: WD-WCAL91357157
Firmware Version: 08.02D08
User Capacity: 160,041,885,696 bytes
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: 6
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Sun Aug 31 15:10:02 2008 EEST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Disabled

The SMART is disabled for now because I figured it might be causing the problem. It wasn't.

I have the filesystem mounted like this:

/dev/hda1 on / type ext3 (rw,noatime,nodiratime,commit=1000000)

I have this in rc.local:

Code:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode
echo "30 500 0 0 1000000 1000000 60 20 0" > /proc/sys/vm/bdflush
/usr/sbin/hdparm -S 241 /dev/hda
Here's the syslog.conf:

Code:
# Log anything 'info' or higher, but lower than 'warn'.
# Exclude authpriv, cron, mail, and news.  These are logged elsewhere.
*.info;*.!warn;\
        authpriv.none;cron.none;mail.none;news.none     -/var/log/messages

# Log anything 'warn' or higher.
# Exclude authpriv, cron, mail, and news.  These are logged elsewhere.
*.warn;\
        authpriv.none;cron.none;mail.none;news.none     -/var/log/messages

# Debugging information is logged here.
*.=debug                                                -/var/log/debug

# Private authentication message logging:
authpriv.*                                              -/var/log/messages

# Cron related logs:
cron.*                                                  -/var/log/cron

# Mail related logs:
mail.*                                                  -/var/log/maillog

# Emergency level messages go to all users:
*.emerg                                                 *

# This log is for news and uucp errors:
uucp,news.crit                                          -/var/log/spooler
The system uses kernel version 2.4.33.3. The drive should spindown automatically after 30 minutes, but it doesn't. I can manually spin it down with "hdparm -y /dev/hda" and it stays spinned down fine.

The system runs bind, sshd, apache and mysql, among other things, but I don't think they are causing the problem (I tried stopping all of them but without success).

Anybody got any idea why the drive doesn't spindown automatically?

Last edited by alienDog; 08-31-2008 at 08:33 AM.
 
Old 09-01-2008, 02:26 AM   #2
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Shouldn't you use /etc/hdparm.conf instead?
 
Old 09-01-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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Probably, but that wouldn't make any difference...
 
  


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