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If you're not using your Kurobox 24 hours a day, it could be good to allow the hard drive to spin down and reduce noise and power usage. For this you'll need to install hdparm to tune the sleep delay, and configure syslog to prevent it from writing to the disk, causing it to wake up every 20 minutes!


Use apt-get to install hdparm as well as any dependencies automatically:

apt-get install hdparm


You can find out what your drive's settings are by running this command:

hdparm -i /dev/hda

Typical output would be something like this:

kurobox:~# hdparm -i /dev/hda /dev/hda: Model=ST3320620A, FwRev=3.AAC, SerialNo=5QF06WD4 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs RotSpdTol>.5% } RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=4 BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=16384kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16 CurCHS=65535/1/63, CurSects=4128705, LBA=yes, LBAsects=268435455 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:240, w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120, rec:120} PIO modes: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 DMA modes: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5 AdvancedPM=no WriteCache=disabled Drive conforms to: device does not report version: * signifies the current active mode

You can give options to the hdparm command to either view or change specific characteristics. Look through the man page or /etc/hdparm.conf to find out what each option does. For example, changing the spindown time to 5 minutes from the command-line would be:

hdparm -S60 /dev/hda

Read through this Gentoo Wiki Archives page to find out some good options to play with in order to possibly increase your drive performance. Make sure to run this drive test both before and after in order find out whether you changes made things better or worse:

hdparm -tT /dev/hda


Once you have found the best possible settings for your drive, edit the hdparm configuration file:

vi /etc/hdparm.conf

You can either uncomment the lines about /dev/hda at the end of the file, which would make the section look like this:

/dev/hda { mult_sect_io = 16 write_cache = off dma = on spindown_time = 120 }

Add any additional options within the curly brackets for those changes to be permanent. You can also edit the options individually throughout the file (information on each option is provided as comments within the file).

One last step is to make sure hdparm runs for at least your chosen runlevel. For some reason hdparm is not set to run on runlevel 2 by default, so use this command to first remove it's rc.d entries:

update-rc.d -f hdparm remove

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