System not running right

silver.bullet at silver.bullet at
Tue Sep 22 18:10:17 UTC 2015

On Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:06:20 -0700, Brandon Vincent wrote:
>On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Scott Blair <scott.blair at>
>> It is my external backup drive. All our pictures, movies, music,
>> software and other stuff is on it.
>Disconnect that drive and start thinking about backup solutions.

An external HDD is a good backup media for averaged home computer
usage. I'm using a Green Western Digital drive for this purpose, but I
care about two things:

1. A backup drive should only be connected temporarily for the backups.
2. If it's for some reasons connected for a longer period of time, then
ensure that odd software that's known to damage green drives is purged.

I for example install an empty dummy package to fulfil gvfs hard
dependencies. Gvfs, libfm, udisks2 and other software is known to wake
up green drives, so the HDDs will spin down and up again and again. Gvfs
needs to be completely removed, but for example libfm and udisks2 could
be installed, they just need special attention. KDE apps are trick too,
once you run K3b or Ark, even while not running KDE, something similar
to gvfs damages green drives by waking them up too.

My drive spins down after 30 minutes and stays asleep, since I removed
all this odd software, or at least managed the behaviour of this
software. If I wouldn't have done this, then my drive would go to sleep
after 30 minutes and already be waked up again, by e.g. gvfs. IOW it
would spin down and up every 30 minutes.

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