For a few weeks I have been exploring Edgy Eft
. I am far from an expert, but I am not aware of a way to do this from a GUI. But if you're using IDE drives, I think
you should be able to do what you want by adding commands to /etc/rc.local
. The only reason I could think why this might not work would be if Ubuntu came along later and overrode them. (Something I didn't use to worry about!
) Anyway, you would use one command for each drive, something like:
hdparm -q -S 240 /dev/hda
The above command would spin the drive down after 20 minutes of inactivity. But be warned that that number is not intuitive. Check the hdparm man page
for how that value maps to time.