to spin down or not to spin down, that is the question
I am making a low budget backup system from an old PII computer. It has a small 6 Gb disk with the system files and a large 120 Gb disk on the secondary IDE channel. The computer will run 7 days a week and perform scheduled backups for laptops in the office using backuppc. At night no laptops are present so it can't do much. The question is now: should the hard drives be spung down with hdparm or not? I have read posts in this forum saying that it's rather silly to spin down an IDE disk since it's the spinning up that wears down a disk. Other people seem to tink that spinning down should occur after 1.5 minutes of idle operation. Could I have some extra opinions on this subject?