[ubuntu-studio-devel] PS: Green hard disk drives

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Thu Aug 13 17:14:50 UTC 2015

The Green drives are considered to have buggy FIRMWARE, the 4 second
spindown interval being just too short and causing huge problems is desktop
use. The "idle3-tools" package contains a utility to allow resetting or disabling
this time

sudo apt-get install idle3-tools
will bring this into Ubuntu or Debian. You can then
disable the firmware timer and use HDparm to set up a more normal timeout.
I did this with three of these drives, two of them in a RAID0 with another drive.
Some months later, the 3ed drive died, just fell off the SATA bus and could not
be recognized again. That's probably unrelated, probably caused by another 
firmware bug in fact, but the utility does warn about possible issues.

When I ran that utlity, the start-stop cycles stopped climbing to the moon, prolonging
the lives of the other two drives,. which are still in use today. I would never buy another,

On 8/13/2015 at 8:48 AM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>On Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:24:19 +0200, Kaj Ailomaa wrote:
>>Without reading very closely, do you know about this? I had this
>>problem with two of my older WD drives.
>Yes, but the time when the drive goes to sleep for my drive by 
>is set to 30 minutes. I want that my drive spins down and goes to 
>I'm aware about broken software that wakes up green drives, that's 
>I don't use it, if the coders aren't interested in fixing their 
>Some software provides even mounting by mouse click without waking 
>drives, so there's absolutely no valid reason, that any kind of
>monitoring needs to wake up drives. Even not for those who don't 
>to mount by CLI.
>A lxpanel/libfm coder fixed the bug after I reported it.
>For my minimalist Wily server install there already is some of that
>broken software installed, but I don't know what it is and I 
>installed or enabled it.
>For my Arch Linux install I don't run into this issue and  don't 
>any kind of workaround to manipulate my drive, while the culprit is
>broken Linux software ;). I simply avoid usage of buggy software 
>[weremouse at moonstudio ~]$ cat 
>cat: /mnt/archlinux/etc/systemd/system/lcc_fix.service: No such 
>file or directory
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