Re: Does Linux support powering down SATA drives?

From: Marc Perkel
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 16:19:47 EST

Alan Cox wrote:

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

I didn't actually mean totally power off. Spin down would be fine with me. Just seems like a waste to run a drive for 24 hours that is used only for 10 minutes. That drive is there so if the main drive blows I can run down to the datacenter and move one cable and be back up again.

You know what's interesting is that I read somewhere that computers use as much power as 4 hoover dams can generate. And since a lit of these computer are running Linux just a few lines of code can create enough energy savings to perhaps power a small city. Kind of amazing when you think about it.

SATA isn't really "new" any more. I personally consider IDE to be obsolete. Seems to me that Linux should fully support SATA to the same level as IDE drives. And I'm saying that as someone who doesn't have to actually code it. But I will leave messages of praise and thanks in this mailing list if you all catch up.
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