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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2007-10-25, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Explanation of Ubuntu Hard Drive Wear and Tear

Wed, 10/24/2007 - 05:25
Linux-Hero.com

A recent bug report for Ubuntu Linux has confirmed that both the Feisty and Gutsy versions of Ubuntu cause some unnecessary wear and tear on a hard drive.
http://www.linux-hero.com/rant/expla...-wear-and-tear
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2007-10-25, 03:56 PM
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I'm running edgy on one machine and feisty on another. I have not noticed this problem.

I've yet to update to gutsy.

Anyone here encountered the problem?
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Here's the fix, as root or with sudo:

hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda (of course use your own proper /dev disk name)

This should work on most modern hard drives.
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Correction: Only in "Laptop Mode"

Also, it's only a problem in "laptop mode" as discussed in the follow up article.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2007-10-29, 09:30 PM
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Great article - and one of the reasons I love linux. No FUD. If you have enough patience to dig (or digg) a little someone will give you the facts. With the facts, you make up your own mind about what's best for you.
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