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Old 04-08-2003, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question Hard Drive Sleep

those faces are just neat.

but seriously, I was wondering what anyone could tell me about how to get my harddrives to sleep after the computer has been on for say an hour or so but hasn't been used. i think APM has something to do with this but I'm really stuck...I just want the drives to stop spinning and kind of "powerdown" until they are called again (like in windows' power control settings).

this is a desktop computer (Digital Starion, Pent. 100MHz) with RedHat 8.0, two IDE drives (Seagate, IBM).

could someone point me the right direction?

thanks in advance for your help. you guys are great.
Old 04-08-2003, 03:31 PM   #2
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I think that's discussed in man hdparm. Also might be an option in a kernel config

Old 04-08-2003, 03:32 PM   #3
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Yep, looks like:
-B Set Advanced Power Management feature, if the drive
supports it. A low value means aggressive power
management and a high value means better perfor-
mance. A value of 255 will disable apm on the


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