Re: Does Linux support powering down SATA drives?

From: Alan Cox
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 14:53:12 EST

On Sad, 2005-11-19 at 19:00 +0000, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> > 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?

The latest kernels support command passthrough for SMART and the like
but hdparm -S does not "switch off" anything. It may spin a drive down
but the power consumption of 23 hours a day of "spun down" is
significant, probably more than the hour it is powered up.

Same as the problem with many household devices in standby that actually
end up using as lot of power in their many "turned off" hours

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