[xubuntu-users] Hard drives and backup - Was: Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

Eric Christopherson echristopherson at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 00:27:34 UTC 2015

On Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:39:09 +0200, Petter Adsen wrote:
> >Is it the actual software that makes the drive spin down, or do the
> >drives do it themselves?
> My Western Digital spins down and falls asleep if it wasn't touched for
> 30 minutes. It stays asleep if nothing touches it, unfortunately a lot
> of software without reason does activate the drive. For SpaceFM this
> can be disabled, while it's still possible to mount the drive by
> mouse click. GVFS (GNOME, optional for Thunar) is a PITA and after
> running a few KDE apps something does also cause this issue.
> I already posted it, one developer fixed this issue! Most other
> developers are not interested to fix it.
> http://sourceforge.net/p/lxde/bugs/751/
> https://github.com/lxde/libfm/commit/994a1e25ba0c3da80575fc002af17ab02ed5998b
> Apps that have a hard dependency to GVFS still work without issues, if
> the gvfs package is replaced by an empty dummy package.

Is this sort of cycling a danger to internal drives too (ones that don't
get actively used by the OS, I mean)? I wonder if my internal backup
drive might be at risk.

        Eric Christopherson

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