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Old 01-27-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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External Drive Lagging Nautilus


I have a Maxtor OneTouch 4 always connected and mounted to my laptop. It has a built-in feature to spin down after a certain amount of idle time. Whenever it is in its "standby" mode and I open nautilus, no matter what folder, it will lag nautilus until the external drive spins up and reads some data (it sounds like).

Does anyone know of a fix for this to have it not seek on the external drive unless I am actually accessing it?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Does anyone know of a fix for this
No. Sorry.

But if you are not using it, why not just unmount it? On my distro, that's 2 clicks, and 2 clicks to remount it.

Otherwise read man hdparm and you'll learn how to set it so it doesn't spin down.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/HowT...MaxtorOneTouch

Odd, my system just ignores that drive unless I try to access it via the icon on the desktop. then I have to wait for it to spin up. So I don't find it bothersome at all.

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:12 PM   #4
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While searching around, I found another thread with the same problem...but no solution:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...al-hdd-668628/

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But if you are not using it, why not just unmount it?
I use the drive as a UPNP media server storage, so it's easier to always have it mounted.

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Otherwise read man hdparm
I tried setting hdparm -S xxx and get the error message
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/dev/sdb:
setting standby to 244 (2 hours)
HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(setidle1) failed: Invalid argument
It doesn't seem to accept any hdparm or sdparm commands.

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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I use the drive as a UPNP media server storage, so it's easier to always have it mounted.
What, please, is "UPNP media server storage" and exactly why is
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You say you don't like the lag when nautilus fires up, tries to read the drive (probably entirely appropriate behaviour) and you have to wait while the drive spins up.

You simply cannot have your cake AND eat it. Either you accept the delay whilst your drive spins up after a period of inactivity, or you unmount it and then mount it when you need it, or you need to set it not to spin down.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 07:04 PM   #6
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I run uShare on the computer for streaming videos and music to my xbox360 and all of the data is stored on the external drive. If I unmounted it, I would have to remember to remount it when anyone wants to use it.

I just don't think it should be accessing the drive just because I open Nautilus in my home folder, for example.
 
  


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