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

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Fri Jul 31 13:12:17 UTC 2015

On Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:07:29 -0500, Eric Christopherson wrote:
>On Thu, Jul 30, 2015, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> On Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:27:34 -0500, Eric Christopherson wrote:
>> >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.
>> No it isn't a risk as long as you didn't set up the drives to
>> automatically spin down and sleep when they were not used for a
>> while.
>> The issue with gvfs and similar software is that it wakes up sleeping
>> drives immediately after a drive spin down.
>Does this happen if the drive isn't mounted?

Yes, it does.

Btw. if you remove GVFS, then you can't mount drives by click with
Thunar, but if you e.g. install spacefm, you still can mount with
mouse-click, but even for spacefm you need to disable some options to
not wake up the green drive. If you use Rodent you also still can mount
by mouse click and you don't need to disable anything.

Btw. I'm a command line user, I mount by command line und manage files
by command line, but assumed for some reason I want to use a graphical
file manager, then I prefer spacefm over Rodent and Thunar. Best
features are provided by spacefm, you might need to add some tools to
your needs, resp. regarding the features Rodent is as good as spacefm,
but it's too slow when opening directories with many files. The
performance of spacefm is much better. The only good thing that Thunar
(without GVFS) has in common with spacefm and rodent is a sane keyboard
delete option. Thunar performs better than Rodent, but not better than

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