Issues with hard disks and spindown
youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Sat Jan 14 18:05:46 PST 2006
It appears that after my rearranging my case a bit that my hard
drives are spinning up and down quite a bit (in particular one drive).
After checking the temperature of the drives with my hand, it appears
that everything is running quite smoothly, so there must be something
else software-wise that's causing my system to near constantly poll the
For the sake of power and for the sake of my hard drives I have
enabled apmd, which should be handling power management, but in fact
isn't really doing the right thing I think.
My computer is a desktop, so I realize that apm is used primarily
for laptops. Is there any distinguishing point in FreeBSD that doesn't
allow for this, or like Linux, by enabling apmd does it allow me to
automatically suspend hard disks and how? I just want to save my
hardware from undue abuse, either way and save some electricity while
I'm at it :).
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