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Hard Drive spindown thru hdparm
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BobSongs


Joined: 06 Feb 2008
Posts: 80

PostPosted: Fri 11 Apr 2014, 10:51    Post subject:  Hard Drive spindown thru hdparm
Subject description: Use this app & script to set your drives spindown time.
 

While there may be a system-based way to tell Puppy Linux drives to spin down when not needed, my version doesn't supply this.

Manual Method
(Install the latest hdparm)
    1. From PupControl: click the Install tab, Add/Remove Programs
    2. Search for and install (if not already installed) the latest hdparm.
    3. From your file browser locate the drive names. The PC I'm using has 3 hard disks: /dev/sda /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc Your PC's drive names will likely differ.
    4. Open your favorite plain-text editor. We'll create the configuration file to tell the PCs drives to spin down:
    Code:

    /dev/sda  <-- ADJUST THIS TO YOUR PC'S SPECIFICATIONS
      {
      spindown_time = 60
      }

    Should your PC have more drives, repeat the code for each drive. My PC uses this set up:
    Code:

    /dev/sda
      {
      spindown_time = 60
      }

    /dev/sdb
      {
      spindown_time = 60
      }

    /dev/sdc
      {
      spindown_time = 60
      }

    5. Save this file as hdparm.conf in this folder: /sbin
    6. Restart Puppy to use.


By way of explanation:
"60" as the spindown_time means the drive will do it after five minutes. 60 means "60 groups of 5 seconds". For 10 minutes use "120" instead of "60". "240" would be 20 minutes.

This is the same idea as putting drives to "sleep" under Windows. A drive will spin up again when searching through its files by the file browser.
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug 2014, 22:26    Post subject:  

Very interesting. I'll take it into account
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