System not running right

Scott Blair scott.blair at
Tue Sep 22 20:47:31 UTC 2015

None of my drives are WD Green. Thanks for the link.

On 09/22/2015 03:52 PM, Amichai Rotman wrote:
> And after configuring the S.M.A.R.T issue, follow this guide to fix 
> the system:
> Amichai.
> 2015-09-22 22:25 GMT+03:00 Brandon Vincent <Brandon.Vincent at 
> <mailto:Brandon.Vincent at>>:
>     On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM, compdoc <compdoc at
>     <mailto:compdoc at>> wrote:
>     > This causes a huge number being reported in SMART named
>     'load_cycle count',
>     > but this count happens whether or not anyone uses smartmontools.
>     I think he was referring to the fact that smartd queries the SMART
>     status of a drive every thirty minutes. This can cause the drive to
>     spin up if it is in a powered down state. smartd on its own will not
>     cause excessive parking or wear on a WD Green drive. This is more of
>     an annoyance to some.
>     What can cause a problem is when a WD Green drive is used as the
>     primary hard drive for a system. On GNU/Linux reads and writes can
>     occur with a long delay between them (greater than 8 seconds) as
>     compared to other operating systems/filesystems. This can cause the
>     drive to park and unpark the head constantly. Since the drives are
>     only rated for 300,000 cycles this can cause a problem.
>     Listen to compdoc and disable the IntelliPark timer. Some WD Green
>     drives have problems when you "disable" the timer, so I just recommend
>     people set it to 300 seconds (five minutes). With a five minute delay,
>     the drive won't park if the system is on.
>     WD provides a MS-DOS based utility to change the timer, or you can use
>     the tools provided by the idle3-tools package.
>     Brandon Vincent
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