Issues with hard disks and spindown

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Sun Jan 15 01:37:00 PST 2006

Garrett Cooper wrote:
> Hello,
>    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 drives.
>    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 :).
>    Thanks,
> -Garrett
Nevermind. It turns out the scsi harddisk may be failing. So sad ;(...

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