Stop using a SATA drive

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Aug 27 22:06:05 UTC 2015

On Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:03:00 -0400, Quartz wrote:
> > FreeBSD runs on all sorts of different kit from all sorts of different
> > providers, hence the uniform interface that Apple has achieved is much
> > harder.
> I can understand that argument for physically powering down a device, 
> but whether or not a particular item shows up in a particular directory 
> is entirely a software issue, isn't it?

Yes - mostly the software inside the device, which we
commonly call firmware. On USB, and to a certain extent,
on SATA, the device identifies to the system and enters
a communication with it: stating what device class, who
built it, which model, what capabilities are available
and so on. If the firmware is able to delete that
connection (which is, after all, a _data_ exchange,
not primarily an electric connection), the OS would
act accordingly by removing the device file entry.

But on the other hand, what's wrong with _ignoring_ a
device file you don't want to have anything to do with?

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