Spin down discs

Colin Law clanlaw at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 21:29:48 UTC 2014

On 25 June 2014 11:11, Boudi Luna <charlieluna1974 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been searching through the settings of 14.04 and just like in 13.10,
> there's no option to have the discs spin down when idle. Is there a way to
> do this? Sure, i could suspend my laptop but to me that's the equivalent of
> shutting it down. The starting and stopping, to me, is nit good since the
> hardware gets hot and then cold and back again. And if anyone knows about
> material fatigue from constant changes in temperature or even
> pressure/stresses, knows that something is going to go bad. Me being a
> machinist by trade, i know about metal and other material fatigue. There
> needs to be the option to suspend our computers after a certain length of
> time and to have the option to have the hard drive discs spin down when idle
> for a length of time. Makes sense to me.

I believe, though I cannot point to any specific references, that it
is considered better to keep discs spinning rather than winding them
down, possibly for exactly the reasons you mention.


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