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Re: Seagate Free Agent Problems?

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  • wunderhorn1
    ... http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/FAQ/DealWithAutoSpinDownOnSeagateFreeAge ... Also looking for a solution here...
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 30, 2007
      --- In nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com, "paul518869" <paul.bargewell@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > >
      > > 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
      > 15
      > > 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.
      > >
      > >
      >
      http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/FAQ/DealWithAutoSpinDownOnSeagateFreeAge\
      > \
      > > 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
      > properly.
      >
      > I wrote a script based on the previous article
      >
      > #cat /opt/bin/keepspinning
      > #!/bin/sh
      > 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.
      >

      Also looking for a solution here...
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