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Old 04-04-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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Cool Can't hard drive spin-down on old hardware

I'm running ubuntu-server 8.04 on an old pentium 3. It has a flash card for the operating system and a hard drive for NAS and bulky stuff. I want to spin down the hard drive when it's idle, but hdparm doesn't seem to do it.

I think I remember a line about it disabling ACPI due to the MB age when it was booting.
I assume I need ACPI to make it work. How do I (a) know if it is available on my hardware; and (b) turn it on in the kernel?
The drive is newish, so it will work.
I'm confident there is no regular disk activity on that drive.

Old 04-04-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Since ACPI was auto-disabled by the OS, most likely it won't work, and you'd break more than you fix by forcing the issue. Quite frankly, the HDD will suffer a head crash or fried controller board long before the platter motor or bearings wear out.

FWIW- I'm running Kubuntu on a PIII. The only way to 'spin-down' the HDD was to suspend the entire system, and then it wouldn't wake-I had to do a hard-reset.
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ok. The thing lives under my bed at present, so my concern was more noise than longevity. But then, it's not a loud drive, I can live with it.



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