I need some advice on BIG external storage units

Steve Lamb grey at dmiyu.org
Fri May 9 21:08:34 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 9, 2008 2:01 pm, Tom Rausner wrote:
> fre, 09 05 2008 kl. 21:54 +0100, skrev Chris G:

>> What interface?

> My original idea was USB, and it looks like a good choice, from your
> answer.

    I'd say stay away from USB or, at best, be very cautious of it.  I got
an external USB drive, only 120Gb, and figured it would be a nice place
to store all of my low-turnover, high-space files (OGG/FLAC of my CDs
for example).  Hooked it up to my Debian box, got it formatted for ext3
and then found out that if it is not in constant use it spins down. 
Once spun down it would not reactivate prior to Linux timing out on the
operation.  Pretty worthless if I can only read/write to it within
minutes of plugging it in.

Steve Lamb

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