Re: [nslu2-linux] Lacie USB external harddrive 250 spindown question
Maybe find a way to cool them down? Direct the output of small fans towards the hard drive? Use CPU cooling kits to cool hard drives?
On Sat, 2006-04-08 at 15:15 -0400, Bob Schaefer wrote:
You can't spin the drive down. Or more accurately, as far as I know, you can't. Also, as the "proud" owner of one of those drives myself, all I can say is good luck. Mine cooked itself after about 10 months, or at least it finally died after about 10 months. This was after corrupting itself two other times, and running extremely hot. This drive was not meant for constant 24 hour usage, it has way too little cooling. Oh, and that humming you hear is the drive, there's no fans in the case, there's no room for one. Just my two cents.
Hmmmm, then I either have to watch out or be happy, as I have 2 slugs, with 2 LaCie's and they have been running happily ever after already for more than a year now: http://gallery.unfix.org/2005/slugs.jpg But they do have enough cooling airflow as I put them up on their sides, it may be that that helps. Too bad that smartmontools doesn't work on these disks, that would help quite a bit to be able to see if they are going to fail or not. But afaik there are not many USB enclosures that support this. (Backup backup backup....) Greets, Jeroen