Re: Does Linux support powering down SATA drives?

From: Alistair John Strachan
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 14:01:38 EST

On Saturday 19 November 2005 19:01, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sad, 2005-11-19 at 09:41 -0800, Marc Perkel wrote:
> > Trying to save power consumption. I have a backup drive that is used
> > only once a day to back up the main drive. So - why should I run it more
> > that 10 minutes a day? What I'd like to do is keep it in an off state
> > and then at night power it on, mount it up, do the backup, unmount it,
> > and shut it down. Can I do that?
> SATA not yet, USB you could however.

Or PATA, of course. I switch off two of my HDs 4 minutes after last use with
the commands:

hdparm -S 48 /dev/hde
hdparm -S 48 /dev/hdg

Isn't there a passthru patch in the works to let commands, such as the one
required for suspend, through to a SATA device?


'No sense being pessimistic, it probably wouldn't work anyway.'
Third year Computer Science undergraduate.
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