hard disk drive status

e9018967@stud2.tuwien.ac.at ("e9018967@stud2.tuwien.ac.at")
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 00:24:35 +0100 (MET)

hello all!

as i'm working on a strategy to save power on laptops by switching off the hard disk
drive, i would like to know if there is a status bit on a ide hd which tells whether
the motor of the drive is running or not.
i know of hdparm, but i want to do other stuff, too.

any suggestions will be appreciated.


gernot kerschbaumer, student of computer science at the technical university of vienna
email: e9018967@stud2.tuwien.ac.at
homepage: http://stud2.tuwien.ac.at/~e9018967/