Re: Seagate Free Agent Problems?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "paul518869" <paul.bargewell@...>
> > I've actually found a lot more out since my posting. There is a known
> > "feature" with the Free Agent drives that makes them spin down after
> > mins of no activity.
> > I need to either do something that keeps the drive active or make it
> > tell the os that it has spun down.
> > I did find a post relating to a kernel patch that can be used to set a
> > value in allow_restart but I guess the poster was referring to another
> > distro as I can't figure where it is in uNSLUng.
> \Also looking for a solution here...
> > nt
> > I'm guessing the problem only affects my /dev/sda drive as /dev/sdb is
> > where root is and that's always active. But to be honest I don't know
> > how do I tell what drive it is from a "Device 8:01" message?
> Ok I've put in a "dirty" workaround for now, just so I don't lose data
> when saving after the 15 minute window. So far it seems to have at
> least stopped the I/O errors, but I'd like some help to fix this
> I wrote a script based on the previous article
> #cat /opt/bin/keepspinning
> dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/null bs=1024k count=20
> touch /var/log/keepspinning.log
> which I've cron'd to run every 13 minutes (within the spin down
> window)... yeah I know, I did say it was dirty right.