Re: IDE freeze for seconds

Rogier Wolff (
Thu, 3 Dec 1998 15:27:46 +0100 (MET)

Alan Cox wrote:
> > > needs almost 8 seconds to spin up. It is configured as slave,
> > > and if the master (a faster Seagate) would have to wait this
> > > time, it would be a serious drawback,
> >
> > the best thing is to disable spindown, especially if you like to keep your
> > disks a bit longer....
> Which do you want to keep longer, your disks or your planet ?

Still, the chances of a disk "going down" for a spinup can be expresed
in "running hours". Suppose I use my disk once a month, it probably is
worth it spinning it down. If I use it once every 10 minutes, probably
not. The cutoff point is somewhere in the middle.


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