2c Tip: Spinning down harddrives (WAS: Re: [TAG] 2 cent tip)
Jay R. Ashworth
jra at baylink.com
Sun May 2 07:33:59 MSD 2004
On Sun, May 02, 2004 at 03:33:14AM +0100, Thomas Adam wrote:
> It's also worth noting that if one is using ext3, then the option of
> 'noatime' in /etc/fstab for all ext3 partitions should be used, since this
> will considerably reduce the amount of disk activity (the access time for
> files is not recorded then).
> I have known instances where this command to spin the drive down fails,
> either because the journal is being read to every 5 seconds (this is
> default, see: man tune2fs to change it), or because noflushd is running.
Oh boy did I need to know *this*.
interestingly, my Toshiba almost never spins down. The Compaq Armada
from which the drive was cloned (they're both RH7.3, ext3), on the
other hand, does. Same hdparm settings and everything.
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